How to Style a Top Knot

A couple months ago, I shared a video on Instagram showing how I style this super quick and easy top knot. I think I called it a five-minute messy bun, as that would be another name for it.

But, this is truly the easiest way I know how to throw my medium/long (thin! postpartum regrowth) hair into a cute top knot style.

This is a great hairstyle for those warm summer months since it’s a stylish way to keep your hair up and off your neck and shoulders.

I love how top knots can be styled to look casual for a day out shopping or more polished for an office day.

Other easy hairstyles for warm weather:

You could absolutely customize this top knot hairstyle with accessories like a headband or oversized scrunchie.

1. Part your hair in the center from the crown of your head to the base of your hair on your neck.

2. Form a messy half ponytail on each side. I use clear elastic rubber bands for a no-show look, but if your hair is thicker, you may need thicker bands.

3. Each half ponytail will have a loop in the center. Pull one of the half ponies through the other loop of the other one.

4. Use bobbie pins to pin in place.

You can change up the look of your top knot by leaving bangs or strands of hair out before you begin.

Or you can pull a few small strands out after for a more tousled look. If you prefer the tousled look, here’s how to do a half up topknot. xo. Emma

Looking for more hair tutorials? Check out 25+ Easy Hair Tutorials for Any Occasion!

Print Pin
5 from 1 vote

How to style a Top Knot

five minute or less hair style for medium to long hair
Keyword hair tutorial, top knot
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • 2 elastic rubber bands
  • 2-5 bobbie pins

Instructions

  • Part your hair in the center from the crown of your head to the base of your hair on your neck.
  • Form a messy half ponytail on each side. I use clear elastic rubber bands for a no-show look, but if your hair is thicker, you may need thicker bands.
  • Each half pony tail will have a loop in the center. Pull one of the half ponies through the loop of the other one.
  • Use a bobbie pins to pin in place.

Notes

You can change up the look of your top knot by leaving bangs or strands of hair out before you begin. Or you can pull a few small strands out after for a more tousled look.
  • This is so cute and I can’t wait to try it. Also, love that there is a printout (like a recipe!) Thanks for posting it. I have a hair trick I love to use for days when I want to wear my hair down but I also need it to stay put and not have my ears sticking out when I tuck it behind them. 🙂 Here’s the link if you’re interested https://exploreandthrive.com/invisible-headband-hairstyle/

  • 5 stars
    Ok, this is such a great idea! I have thin hair too have have a hard time getting my topknots to look full enough. Totally trying this!

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.