DIY Topsy Tail Bun | Updo

We are excited to introduce the first of 2 new guest contributors to CGH!  Annie is from Annies Forget Me Knots.  She is the proud mom of 4 cuties (2 of the 4 are twins)!  In her down time Annie loves to do hair.  Look for her tutorials every other Thursday on YouTube/Cute Girls Hairstyles .

Today she will show you a simple, easy updo style that is great for wedding, prom, homecoming, or just a nice date night!

Topsy Tail Updo | Cute Girls Hairstyles

Topsy Tail Updo | Cute Girls Hairstyles

Using a series of Topsy Tail flips and a few bobby pins you can easily create this voluminous bun that is sure to impress!

Topsy Tail Updo | Prom Hairstyles

To see your own photo recreation of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG using #CGHTopsyTailUpdo.

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, a few small hair elastics, bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 Minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1. Start by taking a section of hair at the crown of the head.
  2. Tie it off with a small clear elastic.
  3. Make a hole in the center (just above the elastic), flip the ponytail up through the hole and under.
  4. Pull the elastic tight and then tug and loosen the hair to give a loose/messy look (also creating height and volume).
  5. Take 2 more sections of hair on the sides of your topsy tail and bring them back.  Secure with an elastic just to the left of your first topsy tail.
  6. Repeat step 2 and 3.
  7. Take another section of hair at the ears on both sides.  Pull them back and secure with an elastic to the right of your first topsy tail.
  8. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
  9. Take your last sections of hair (should be below the ears to the bottom of hairline), bring them back and secure with an elastic on the left of your 1st topsy tail.
  10. With the remaining hair you are going to begin making small loops and pinning.
  11. Take a small section of hair, roll up into a loop and pin.  (See video tutorial for more details)
  12. Continue with small sections of hair; looping and pinning until you run out of hair.
  13. If you have longer hair with pieces still hanging out after 1 loop, create another loop and pin.
  14. Finish with Hairspray.


Our first “Behind the Braids”  Family Vlog is up!   Twice a month, (every other week), we will be alternating a family vlog video with a hairstyle tutorial! You’ve come for the hairstyles, and ended up falling in love with our family… we love you, too, and now you get to be a part of it!!!

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  1. I love this! I will have to try it on my granddaughter. It would look really pretty on her. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is adorable. I’ve tried doing simple buns before, it just doesn’t work for me. I could never do it, funny enough.

  3. OMG! This news makes me soooo excited! I was previously subscribed to Annie before this post and now the stars are aligning! She is sooo good at creating tutorials so I definitely know she will be a wonderful addition to your team 🙂

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