The Upside Down Braided Top Knot

Braided top knot (click-through for the tutorial)Want a fun challenge for yourself? Try making your favorite braid while upside down, or at least with your head flipped upside down. Bonus: the challenge will also yield a cute new hairstyle and twist on your favorite top knot or ballerina bun.

Or at least that is what I kept telling myself as I tried to learn this hairstyle with all the blood rushing to my head and my braids falling apart! But as with everything, it’s just a matter of practice makes perfect, so keep at it even if you’re initially struggling.

It’s really no harder than a traditional Dutch braid. It’s just a different angle that makes things a little more difficult at first.

Braided top knot (click-through for the full tutorial)Step One: Flip your hair forward and brush thoroughly; I like to keep my brush handy and continue to brush small sections as I go along.

Step Two: Take a small section at the nape of your neck and begin your braid.

Step Three: Add small pieces of hair to each section as you braid; tuck each section underneath the other sections for a Dutch braid like mine. (detailed tutorial on a Dutch braid here)

Step Four: You can stop adding hair to your braid when you reach your ears.

Step Five: Gather all of your hair and twist into a simple top knot; secure it with an elastic and a few bobby pins.

Braided top knot (click-through for the full tutorial)As always, I like to pancake my braid a bit for a fuller look – I’m addicted to thick braids! A smaller, tighter braid or even traditional French braid in this style is great for active days. I wore my hair like this for a hike recently, and it didn’t budge an inch.

I don’t usually wear my hair in a top knot, but now that I’ve mastered this style, I might wear my hair like that more. I’m already imagining more ways I can dress it up; maybe with a little braid around the bun or even a bit of ribbon… Cheers, Rebecca.

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Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. 

  • Do you have any video of that? I’d like
    to find out more details.

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  • This is beautiful! I just need a person to do it for me, or I need to practice for hours!

  • Very cute! I will have to try this now that my hair has gotten longer =o)

  • Hi Amy, I’m using Garnier Fructis shampoo & conditioner right now, some type with argan oil and I also put argan oil into my tips when they’re drying. But I find not washing my hair too often and washing with cold water makes a bigger difference than the brand/type of shampoo I use.

    • When you say you wash your hair with cold water, do you do it in the sink, or do you mean like cooler than regular shower? Random, I know, but even a quick shock of cold at the end of my shower has me doing crazy yoga moves to keep it from hitting my back!

  • Hi Aleksandra, thanks! I only wash my hair with cold water and try not to wash it too often, that seems to help it stay bright 🙂

  • Love this hair style and your hair color!! TheVogueWord

  • I really struggle to do this braid, ill keep trying. Looks easier than it is at least for me

  • Such a bright color, it’s so fierce 🙂 I’m not that good at making braids, but I’ll give this one a try!

    La Luna Vita

  • This hair color is so vibrant and pretty!

  • This was on my mind this unusually muggy morning as I prepared to go to the market. A no-hair-on-neck day. It wasn’t perfect, but it did hold all morning.

  • I love your hair, even though you say it’s not thick it really really healthy and textured. What shampoo and conditioner do you use?

    Amy |

  • wow this is something trully awesome 🙂
    I am in love with your hair color too .

    Jillian –

  • I’ve tried this type of braid with a regular french braid, it’s really hard to do. Maybe the dutch braid will be easier. Yours looks amazing.

    x. Cattleya

  • I feel ya! I just cut off most of my hair so I’m trying to figure out how to style short hair. I posted a tutorial on my blog for a side shave braid that works great on short hair (, feel free to check it out 🙂
    Also, I use booster powder to give my braids more volume, it works great!

  • I often see people with this hairstyle and it always looks so complicated. You make it sound so easy!

    Katie |

  • Hi Robyn,

    I made a similar comment to yours last week. While my hair is on the long side, it is definitely not thick. So, I understand where you are coming from in regards to the posts. I want to see someone with fine (and ever shorter hair) try this. I envy people with long, thick hair! 🙂

  • I would love to see some tips for those of us with short hair. These look like they would be fun to try, but I have fine, shoulder length hair,so unfortunately all of the hair articles are totally useless to me 🙁

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