Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tutorial: Upside Down French Braid Topknot

 This is quickly becoming one of my favourite go-to hairstyles. I love top knots for summer as they are perfect for getting your hair up and out of your neck for hot weather, while still remaining stylish. This french-braided version is cute, unusual and always gets a compliment (usually combined with "how on earth do you do that?"). I love that it's actually rather simple to master, but looks like you've put a fair bit of effort in. After getting numerous requests on how I do this style, both IRL and online, I thought I'd put together a step-by-step tutorial.

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!

 From behind.

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?


  1. How very beautiful. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this! Can't wait to try!


    1. Thank you for visiting my blog :) I hope you had fun trying out this style :)

  2. That is such a cute hairstyle...I love it!

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting :) Glad you liked it :)

  3. This is so pretty!
    I really suck with my hair, but when its grown a bit more I need to try this

  4. like it!!! I'll be trying this on a hot day.

  5. like it!!! I'll be trying this on a hot day.

  6. LOVE this! I don't think I have the patience for it though!

  7. This is so cute! I have trouble French-braiding my own hair, though. Any tips for that? :)

    1. Hi Hannah :) With french braiding I find it's just practice, practice, practice, but there is a great post on The Beauty Department that you can check out for some tips :)

  8. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I think I'm going to wear my hair like this for my first day of high school!


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