Thursday, August 23, 2012

Topsy Tail Twist

Glasses: c/o

To my saucy longer-haired readers, this is for you!
For the shorter-haired ladies... try variations of this, this or this

Last week, The Beauty Department posted an amazing tutorial for a funky topsy tail bun
First, let me just say, I'm a huge fan of the topsy tail.
Second, this style is so easy.
  1. Gather hair in a ponytail at the nape of your neck.
  2. Secure with an elastic band.
  3. Pull the elastic band to the bottom of your ponytail, leaving about 1-2 inches of hair at the end of the ponytail (or until your shorter layers don't start falling out).
  4. Separate the hair in the gap of the ponytail right down the middle into two pieces.
  5. Bring the ponytail up and through the gap, creating an upside-down topsy tail.
  6. Repeat, repeat, repeat... the hair will begin to twist into coils! 
  7. Once it's all coiled into a bun, secure the end of the ponytail underneath the bun with bobby pins.
  8. If your shorter layers fall out (like mine did), let them hang loose or pin them back. I gently twisted mine back and pinned them underneath one of the bigger twists (top right photo).
  9. You can tug on some of the pieces to give it some body and hide the part in the back.
  10. You can also tug on the coils to make them look a little bigger and more full. I had to do this because my bun was so small at first!
  11. A visual learner? Want to see how it is done? Visit TBD!
The Beauty Department recommended wearing this style slicked back and straight,
but I actually prefer it a little more loose and casual-looking.
I think it's perfect for a day at the office or a nice wedding updo.

I'd love to see your version of it. Tweet me or Instagram a photo with the hashtag #topsytailtwist!


Jay said...

Cute - can't wait to give it a try!

Niken said...

i love to try bun tutorials. eventhough that my hair is not cooperative most of the time.

Sarah said...

Love it! I'm going to try it tomorrow :)


Amanda English said...

I like the lose look too! So cute!

MacKensie said...

You are so beautiful and creative.

SHUG IN BOOTS {Beth} said...

shut up! it looks so much more complicated than that! i'ma have to let mine get a little bit longer and then i'ma try this fo sho! thanks for sharing! :)

Katie said...

So pretty. Makes me wish for my long hair again

Jennifer M. said...

Oh my goodness, this brings back memories. Do they still make topsy-tails? I remember back in the 90's this being a big thing for awhile. I think I even had one, but I have no idea where it ended up. Lol. Your look is so cute!! Love it!

The Pink Growl said...

I'm definitely trying this next week! I love it! You're a doll!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

It looks so cute on you. I'm definately going to try it out. I could use some new styles other than just plain and down. Love your glasses too!

Lulu and Sweet Pea said...

So cute!!! I love it

Unknown said...

Well, look at you and your uber cuteness!
Thanks for the tutorial, I never thought about inverting it more than once...but that is adorable!
Thanks for helping this pregnancy-brain-uber-tired mama find another cute way to throw her hair up!

Allyssa said...

I can't wait to try this! I lack any skill when it comes to my hair, but this I can definitely do! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

definitely doing this tomorrow!! I love it!

Pretty Zesty said...

That is so awesome! Perfect for a bad hair day! haha


Anonymous said...

Aw your so pretty

Anonymous said...

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Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

love this look on you :)!

Priya said...

You're kidding me, this hairstyle is gorgeous and doesn't even seem hard! I actually read through those instructions and understood them! That never happens!! I can't wait to try it out, you are seriously the master of those non-styling styles that look amazing (could it be because you have a separate blog for them ;)

perfectly priya

Selma said...

I loved it on TBD and it looks gorgeous on you :)

Julie{isCocoandCocoa} said...

I think I like your lose style better than the original :) Plus I didn't have much luck making mine look all sleek. So now I'll have to try it again!