A Braided Update To My Go To Top Knot

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Okay, so this isn’t really how unicorns wear their hair, I know this. But when I had this fun braid put in my hair for Coachella one day at a pool party, I knew I wanted to recreate it.  They had put it up in a high pony and I just think I prefer it this way to be honest. Since a half top knot (you can see my tutorial on how to do that here) is my go-to style lately, I thought it made sense to update it with a fun braid. I swear this is super easy to do and I’ve now been able to do it without a mirror. Solid on the go hairstyle.

Here’s how to do it!

HOW TO BRAIDED HALF TOP KNOT

Step One – Start With Your Go To Waves

Curl your hair to create volume and texture. You can see my everyday waves tutorial here.

Step Two – Separate Your Hair Into Two Sections

To make life easier, I take the half top knot section and put it in a clip, then throw the rest of my hair into a low pony to keep it out of the way.

Step Three – Section Off The Half Top Knot Section

Separate the very front of your sectioned off hair into three pieces to get ready to braid it.

Step Four – Dutch Braid Your Hair

Dutch braid your hair back to the crown of your head. A dutch braid is simply an inside out braid. It helps to create more volume and texture. So instead of crossing over the sections when you braid, you’ll go underneath.

Step Five – Create Texture

Pull apart each braided section until it’s all full and voluminous and even of course. Just be patient and start from the front and slowly work back. You may have to go over it a few times to get it just right.

Step Six

Put a hair tie in the hair to secure it.

Step Seven

Take your now half pony and put it in a messy top knot. You can also see how I do that here!

How To Do The Braided Half Top Knot Step By Step

A step by step tutorial on how I do my braided half top knot. This method works for any length hair which is great. It’s also a really ideal hack for hiding those greasy roots. Use some dry shampoo (here are some of my favorites) before getting started!

Products To Get The Look


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Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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4 Comments

  1. 6.21.17
    Laura Leigh said:

    Doing this literally right now! Thanks for sharing lady!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  2. 6.23.17
    Jessica said:

    I love this tutorial – so easy to do but this hairstyle looks amazing!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com