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Beat the Heat: The Top Knot

** If you’re stopping by from Pinterest, I have new post with a video on two ways to create the messy top knot for long hair.  Check it out! If you have short hair, no worries! Here’s a tutorial on a messy top knot for short hair. You can also see ’10 Creative ways to wear a ponytail’ here. **

Isn’t it great that it’s Friday?  I am pretty sure I’m not gonna do anything today.  And I’m okay with that.  (thanks Christie!!)  Thank you for all your sweet comments on my post on Tuesday, you are all so sweet!  We just love the blogging community!

So earlier this week, I asked on Facebook what kinda of top knots you guys wanted to see tutorials for.  I always love to see which styles are most interesting to everyone, sometimes it isn’t what I would think.  But this time I went ahead and did a tutorial for every one!  There’s even a bonus one in there!  And since this is kind of a long post (don’t worry, lots of pictures) I’m gonna get right to it!

Loose High Bun

I do this look probably the most often.  It’s easy, cute, and a great alternative to the plain pony tail.  All I do is add some voluminizing spray (like Aquage or Kendra) and flip my head over and blow dry up.  This adds some lovely volume.  Then I flip my head again and loosely twist all of my hair into a bun.  Pin all the side until it feels secure and voila, you’re done!

Triple Loose Buns

This one is also easy and a fun alternative.  All you do it start with the top bun and proceed like the look above.  Then add the middle and lastly the lowest bun.  It’s like a modern day Anne of Green Gables, love it!

Messy Bun

See video here

First put your hair into a high pony tail, relatively tight, but don’t pull all your hair all the way through.  Take half of the hair left hanging down and twist and pin it in the front.  This will cover the pony tail holder.  Do the same thing with the other side.  Pin down parts of the middle part of the pony so it isn’t sticking straight up.  Then pin some down in the back so the other part of the pony tail holder isn’t showing and you’re done!  **New post with a video here**

Braids in a top knot

This one is a little tricky.  And honestly, you need another person to make it look decent.  I also am aware that it doesn’t look exactly like the picture, but it is a doable version.  First put your hair in a high pony tail and braid four single braids.  Wrap the loose hair around the pony tail, under the braids.  Then pin the braids across the bun and into the middle.  This is where Christie helped, because obviously I couldn’t see where to pin them.  Over all, I thought it turned out cute, but it is the one that I would wear the least amount of time.

The Sleek Top Knot

This look is easy and pretty and I like it.  Unfortunately, I don’t like my ears, so it probably won’t be something I wear a lot.  Flip your hair over and gather it into a high pony.  Smooth it all out with your fingers or a comb and secure it.  Then run some hairspray or smoothing cream through the pony tail to smooth out any frizzies.  Then twist it around the pony tail and tuck the ends under the bigger section of hair.  Secure with bobby pins and you’re done!

Beehive Top Knot with a Headband

Start with a high pony.  Take a teaser comb and tease the heck out of your hair.  Make it as big as you can because you can always calm it down when you’re done.  Wrap it around loosely and pin.  Take a fun headband or bandanna and tie it on top and you’re done!

Braided Top Knot

Another easy one!  Separate your hair in half horizontally and secure the front half for now.  Flip your head, French braid up and finish with a regular braid securing at the end. Undo the front section and add it to the braid. Twist it around and pin it!

The Sock Bun

I shared this on 30 Handmade Days a while back, so I thought this post would be perfect to share with this post.  I think the pictures below are pretty self explanatory, but I’ll explain it too.  Start with a high pony tail.  I bought the sponge type bun holder at Sally’s but I am sure you can find them other beauty supply stores as well.  Pull your hair down over the sponge thing (or sock if that’s easier) and wrap it around.  Then pin into place.  The great part about using the sponge-like thing is that you can pin into it so it holds better.  Voila!

So what do you think?  Any of these a top knot that you would try?  You might have seen a theme through them all, they’re easy!!  And with two kids, that’s exactly what I need.  I hope you enjoyed it and give some of them a try!!

Have a great weekend!

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42 Responses to Beat the Heat: The Top Knot

  1. Kelley June 29, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    First.. Im excited to be the first one to comment!  Love it!  Lol. 

    Im trying the braided top knot today for work!  It looks super simple.. Ill tweet pictures if it works 🙂 

    Thanks for all the new ideas to try 🙂 

  2. Hannah June 29, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Yes! I’ve been wanting to try some of these and just never really knew how! (could be myself to blame for laziness) haha 
    Loving the beehive top knot best!

    xo Hannah

    • Natalia June 29, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      Ya turns out they’re all rather easy! Give ’em a shot!

  3. Gina @ Oaxacaborn June 29, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    I have that red and white tank : ) Love a top knot in the summer — these are all much prettier than mine!

    • Natalia June 29, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      When you shop at Target, that happens!! I bet your hair is gorgeous!

  4. Nonnie June 29, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I do the “messy bun” just like you described, but instead of using pins, I just tuck it in the elastic band. It works perfectly.

  5. Aurelie D June 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    love , love, love this!! so many great tutorials i can do all in one place. i really appreciate your hair help!

    • Natalia June 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      I am so glad you like it!! Perfect for summer, isn’t it? 🙂

  6. Kait July 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Fantastic!! I recently fell in love with the top knot and I’ve been looking for good tutorials. Thanks for the tip about the sponge holder!

    • Natalia July 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      Im so glad you liked it! Thank you so much!

  7. Shirley@motivatedmommyoftwo July 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    All of these look so easy, but why do I have such a hard time doing them on my hair. Any tips that you could provide. I have never been big on styling my hair with different do’s mainly is up in a bun or I strainghten it and I wear it dow. I really want to try and start styling it different just have a hard time. But I still love all of your tutorials keep them coming. Some day I will get them 🙂

  8. Jeannie July 2, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    LOVE your hair tutorials!!  I am so bored with my long hair and these are perfect to spruce things up a bit!

    • Natalia July 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Oh man, they are perfect for long hair in the summer. I wear them more often than I’d like to admit! 🙂

  9. stacysewsandschools July 3, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    THANK YOU!!!! I am all about putting my hair up in the summer!! Pinning this! And I am now following you through Facebook!

    • Natalia July 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Thank you so much! I ama glad you liked them. I think you’ll enjoy wearing them as well. Keep cool and look stylish – yes please!

  10. Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com July 3, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    yep. i gotta try this.   It looks fabulous !! it being: all of these do-ups.  Come link  up your tutorial with us at our party: . This is something to show off!!


    commentluv :

  11. Jessie July 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    These are so great! And what a beautiful model as well 😉 Would you mind if I shared this on my blog for my Sharing is Caring on Tuesdays post?

  12. Theresa July 5, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Beautiful! The braided topknot is my fav. Pinning this.

    • Natalia July 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      So glad you like it, thank you! They are very useful in the summer!

  13. Jennifer July 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Oh, these are fantastic. Short of tragically getting that cropped Mommy Hair Cut *shudder* Icannot deal with having my hair in my face or on my neck when I’m in Mommy Mode! I’m so tired of my pony tail, but what’s a girl to do? THIS! I’m going to try all of these styles! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  14. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts July 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!!

  15. The Sisters July 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    We are absolutely loving these!!! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!”  Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week’s party! 🙂 -The Sisters

    • Natalia July 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      We’re there every week! 🙂 Thanks for hosting!


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