Accent your Topknot with a Braid

Fresh, fun and practical are the three adjectives that have me sold when it comes to hairstyles. Hereโ€™s a twist to make your buns stand out!

The easiest way to get a bun is to use the tips form my latest blog post and then neatly twist the ponytail into a bun the way you would throw in a messy bun on a lazy day.

For the glam version, I would recommend a different approach. Aim for a topknot and add a French braid from the nape of you neck until the bun to give the look a surprising twist.

For this to look its best you need to put your head upside down so that your hair falls away from the nape of your neck. However, it is quite difficult to maintain that position for the entire braiding process so what you can do to relieve that pressure is to use a chair with a back rest. Sit on the chair facing the backrest so that you can put your forehead on it. This will make it more comfortable and will reduce the chance of accidents happening due to dizziness. Brush all your hair towards the crown of your head and all is as good as putting your head upside down.

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You can now choose which braid you prefer and go with it, you do you! I am partial to the Dutch braid because I feel it stands out more without adding difficulty. Once you reach the desired height of the bun add one or two extra stitches without adding hair. These will give the bun a stronger root. Two options now: you can start twirling the bun in place (picture a cinnamon roll) or you can simply braid until the end and then roll the bun into place. The second option might require extra bobby pins to keep in place but will look more intricate.

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