It’s been done before – this upside down french braided top knot. I’m not the first and won’t be the last, to put it out there on the intertubes. But when I first thought of creating this hairstyle on Mags, I didn’t even bother to search out upside down french braided top knots. I just knew I wanted to braid her hair (in the french style) upside down and then whip it into a bun on top, at the end.
That’s right, not only is this a stunning hairstyle for anyone with medium to long hair, but it is also incredibly easy to do, as well as quick – depending on how neat you wish to be with it. The following is another mags and mommy collaboration – a french braided hair how-to – we hope you enjoy!
Upside Down French Braided Top Knot
Two hair ties.
Bobby pins (minimum of 3 and depending on length and thickness of hair).
Hairspray (aerosol and optional, as needed).
2. Find a willing participant.
I am so fortunate that Mags is at the perfect age for hairstyling exploration. She and her friend are considering running their own blog, but in the mean time (and while we work out those dets) I get to showcase them here at Informed Sharing. We have fun doing these hair posts AND Mags is always coming to me with other great ideas for she and I to work on for the blog (hers, at some point – or mine…always thinking, that one!).
4. Now you’ll want to get your subject into a comfortable position, because they are going to be stuck that way for as long as it takes you to french braid from bottom to top. First, brush out the hair, and then have them bend over at the waist. We used a bench seat for Mags to lean over. It was only mildly uncomfortable for her; considering that I’m a quick braid-er, BUT there was picture-taking going on, too.
5. Begin the braid from bottom to top. Your upside down french braid begins at the bottom of your hairline and works up to the crown of your head. It’s no different than doing it top to bottom, really. You’ll see. Just gather your three strands and begin weaving.
Continue up the head, weaving in and out to form a fabulous upside down french braid. Depending upon the style you are going for, weave more loosely for a casual upside down french braided top knot, or keep things nice and tight as you weave your way up the head. This is totally up to you.
Related: Check out these great tips for french braiding fine hair. No more headaches for you and your little one!
6. Once you reach the crown (and considering that you’ve gathered into the braid, hanging hair on the sides), gather up the already secured ponytail with the end of your braid. At this point, you may choose to slip off the first ponytail holder and gather both tails together into the hair tie. Your choice based upon personal comfort, here. Otherwise, grab your second ponytail holder and secure that french braid. At this point, you have only braided to the crown, stopping there, rather then continuing the french style into a normal braided tail.
7. Once you’ve got a good, tight ponytail going on at the top of your head, simply wrap it. Remember to stay close to the scalp and tuck loose hair in as you go. As you wrap it (wind it, roll it, whatever – you are going for a ‘knot’ look, here), you will want to make sure that the hair is smooth and neat**, as well as wound around toward the base of the head (for securing with pins).
8. Once wrapped up in a knot, pin it. Holding the top knot with one hand, slide each bobby pin in at the base of the top knot – making sure to capture the hair at the base, as well as some from the knot. We used 3 pins for this Upside Down French Braided Top Knot, but believe 4 would be better (hindsight is 20/20). You may need more or less, again depending on hair thickness and length.
Mags also suggested just doing a quick sock bun on top, too. She’s a thinker, I say. again.). 😉
9. Give the hair a quick spray all over to hold it in place, if needed; but don’t over spray, especially if you are going for a more casual look. Using hair spray is absolutely optional and to be used at your own discretion. You may also use a bit of spray when working the braid up the head and/or with wrapping the top knot. Again, it’s optional and up to you.
And there you have it.
The Upside Down French Braided Top Knot.
But truly. This one is easy. And QUICK. Depending on how fast you are at the french braiding part and how casual a look you are going for, the upside down french braided top knot is a hairstyle that can be done in minutes and keep you fabulously french braided all day and night.
Please note: this hairstyle can be done on yourself, as long as you have the coordination for the french braid. YAY! You can DO it! 🙂
Image credit: GRS – thank you kindly, my dear. We’ll be doing more of these, you ROCK! Awesomely edited using PicMonkey: fearless photo embetterment!
For MORE hair tips and tricks, check out Hair It Is – pages 1,2,3