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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Topsy Tail Twist

Glasses: c/o Firmoo.com

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!


  1. this is soo cute, I am going to try it!!

    P.S. you glasses are adorable!! I wish I needed glasses:)

  2. Your hair is so pretty. :) So proud of you for doing this challenge!!

  3. Hi. I've just stumbled upon your blog (literally, it was through SU) and I found your mission to be extremely smart and challenging.
    I read a lot of your post and I'm very sorry I only found your blog so late in the challenge, but if it means anything to you, I want to tell you that the difference between your hair from last year and your locks this year is absolutely stunning.
    It looks healthy, shiny, voluminous and it really catches the eye :)
    I'll be following you from now on and can't wait to see the big 11th hair party since I am sure you will make it :)

  4. You have put a lot of effort into this and I have enjoyed looking at it!

  5. Hi! Just a suggestion for those of us with layers out there trying this style...if you slowly pull your elastic down a bit each time you tuck the ponytail, you can eventually remove the elastic completely and get all of your layers in. Woo!


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