Tips & Tricks: How to Make a Topsy Tail Tool

Since quite a few of my hairstyles use flips, many followers have been asking where they can purchase a Topsy Tail tool. It can be purchased online at Amazon (via the link), on Ebay, or locally at your Claire’s, Wal-Mart, Target, or Sally Beauty supply.

As we all know, things are not made as sturdy as they used to be years ago… in fact, many of the Topsy Tail manufacturers today make them out of cheap plastic. The problem is that if you do not loosen the ponytail enough before you use the tool, the tension while pulling the hair through causes the tool to break.

The Topsy Tail tool that I have been using is very sturdy, because it was one of the originals my mom bought back when I was a little girl. But, you simply do not have to spend $2-5 (not including shipping) online or spend hours hunting through the stores trying to find a Topsy Tail tool. We are going to show you how to make one with stuff you might already have at home!

Homemade Topsy Tail Tool

As you can see, the one we made in the photo above is not pretty by any means… but is is very functional and will last you for forever! You can make on any size you would like, but this one is particularly for large ponytail flips. (You will need to use smaller wire to make a Topsy Tail tool for small pigtail flips on your younger daughters.)

Topsy Tail: Tools Needed

Items Needed: Wire cutters, electrician’s tape, and a dry cleaner’s wire hanger.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Not only do we show you how to make the Topsy Tail tool, but we show you how easily the homemade one works on a basic ponytail flip!

If you like this tip… be sure to let us know!

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. For those of you with babies and toddlers with super-fine hair, the loop-tools for flossing with braces work great. Walmarts near my house don’t seem to sell these any longer, but the drug stores still sell them with the other braces and flossing tools.

  2. hey Mindy,
    if you want a good topsy tail go on con airs website and look up topsy tail it is the real one very sturdy.

  3. Oh my goodness. I will never forget my experience with the Topsy Tail in 7th grade. I saw the commercial and loved it instantly but my mom wouldn’t buy it. So I decided to make my own from a rubber band and a twisted length of florist wire. Let’s just say that I had to have a sizable chunk of hair cut off after getting it stuck in my hair so badly. Fun stuff!

  4. I tried making this, and while it worked great for the flipped ponytails, the coat hanger doesn’t bend enough for wrapped ponytails. It pulls the ponytail apart.

  5. Thank You So Much! The plastic ponyflip I’d been using for years cracked and was pulling my hair out when I used it. I couldn’t find one to buy on amazon. I found your sight on how to make one. Thank you again! This is one of my favorite hairstyles even though I am in my 50’s !

  6. I showed my husband your “how to make a topsy tail” and he went to the garage and grabbed some coated electrical wire (thin), electrical tape, and wire cutters. A few minutes and I have a topsy tail =)

  7. In a pinch I raid our craft box and make a topsy tail with a pipe cleaner! They don’t last forever but I can use them on big or little ponys.

  8. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I could not think of the name of the product I had back in the early 90’s! And, this worked GREAT!!! Thank you for sparing me the expense of buying one! It works perfectly! Now, my 14 year old daughter wants to use it!!

  9. also, if you make a pipe cleaner one, and find it hard to slide it through hair easily, you can bye a bright roll of duck tape( for about $1 and you can use it for soooooo many other things) and make a new one bywraping thepipecleaner in duct tape so that its smooth! works like a charm!!

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