How to Do a Braided Top Knot

by Maggie Niemiec

How to Do a Braided Top Knot

Make your top knot unique by adding a braid. Alberto VO5 hair expert Chris Lospalluto shows you how to update the trendy style in a few simple steps.


Braided Top Knot Step 1



Start with your naturally textured hair that hasn’t been washed for a day. If you have thin hair, use a salt spray or texturizing spray to add volume. Lospalluto recommends Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42, oribe.com).



Braided Top Knot Step 2



Throw your head upside down and gather your hair on the crown. If you have super thick hair, use a hook elastic to form a stronger base. Otherwise use a regular elastic to make a tight ponytail.



Braided Top Knot Step 3



Take the hair in the ponytail and separate it into three equal-size sections.



Braided Top Knot Step 4



Tightly braid your hair all the way to the end of the ponytail and secure it with a thin elastic band.


Braided Top Knot Step 5



Wrap the braid tightly around itself. Secure it with four medium-size hair pins at north, south, east, and west points on the bun. Add extra if needed.



Braided Top Knot Step 6



Put the end of a teasing comb under the hair around the bun and gently pull up to add volume. Leave the end of the braid out for an interesting touch.



Braided Top Knot Step 7



Once secure, pull the bun apart a little to make it look less formal and more natural.



Braided Top Knot Step 8



Finish with a light-hold hairspray. Now you have a great look for a day at the office, a fun party, or even date night!

Want more braids? Check out this Inverted Fishtail Braid Tutorial!