Top Knot Ponytail Styles

Elevate your ponytail with a topknot bun.

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Ponytails are a style many women leave behind on the playground. However, this funky fashion trend isn’t just for schoolgirls: It’s popping up with a vengeance on red carpets and fashion runways. Topknots are the highest type of ponytail, with the hair pulled as far up on the back of the head as possible. Channel your inner kid and rock a funky ponytail.

Topknot Ponytail Basics

Ponytails are traditionally a gathering of the hair at the back of the head. The hair is then wrapped up in an elastic band to keep it up and out of the face, and resembles a horse’s tail. Topknot ponytails are a little different, with the hair pulled as high up on the crown as possible. Topknots are fashionable on both medium and long hair, although super short styles are difficult to put that far up on the head.

Flowing Tail

A flowing topknot is the simplest of all ponytails. Dampen the hair slightly with a light misting of water, and flip your hair upside down. Gather your hair at the top of your crown, and brush it together to even out bumps and lumps. Pull the hair tightly together as you comb, and wrap an elastic around the very base of the ponytail, as close to your head as you can. Twist the elastic in half and wrap it back around the ponytail as many times as necessary to hold the hair securely. Smooth down any fuzzies with water, and squirt on a little hairspray to keep your topknot sleek and smooth.

Curl On, Girl

Curl your entire head of hair with a 2-inch barrel curling iron. Wrap the hair around the iron, twisting it gently to curl the strands from root to end. Loosen the curls with your fingers, and pull your hair up toward your crown. Comb the gathered hair gently to form a loose topknot, and secure it with a hair band. Leave a few strands free for a soft, sexy frame around your face.

High and Tight

Pull damp tresses up in a high ponytail, and twist the entire ponytail around itself until it starts to coil. Wrap the tail once around itself to form a small bun, and secure the base of the bun with bobby pins. Leave the end of the ponytail free, and arrange it so it sticks out of the center of the bun.

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