Start off by flipping your hair over your head and brushing out any tangles.
Separate a small section in the nape of your neck: I usually take a 1cm section from all along the hairline.
Divide this section into three equal parts.
Start a normal French braid: bringing an outer piece inward to cross over the middle piece.
Continue the French braid as normal, each time adding a bit more hair to the outer piece that you cross inward. This may feel a bit odd, as you're going against the way the hair wants to fall, but with a bit of practice you'll get the hang of it.
Continue braiding until you get to the crown of your head (or wherever you want your bun to be).
Gather your hair into a ponytail and tie it with a hair band.
Flip your head up back the right way. Use a mirror to check your braid - if it's even and you're happy, continue on. (Yes, my mirror has googly eyes in the corner. I put googly eyes on things when I get bored...)
Now for the top-knot. Twist your ponytail until it starts to curl.
Twist your hair until it forms a loose bun.
Grab your bobby pins.
Fix your bun in place. I normally use four pins in a north-south-east-west pattern to get the bun secure with as few pins as possible.
If there are still any pieces that are loose, pin them in place.
Spritz with hairspray (I love using L'Oréal Elnett).
And you're done!
Now it's your turn :) If you post pictures on your blog, or anywhere else, share a link in the comments section so that I can have a look-see ;) If you have any questions or get stuck, feel free to ask me anything.
PS: If you liked this tutorial, why not check out my new one for milkmaid braids?