Following on from the previous hair tutorial requests, I was asked to do a more formal updo that was still nice and Summery ^_^

This style doesn’t look good on me personally because of the gradient in my hair but it looks awesome in dark hair because it’s textured enough to show up without looking over the top.

Knots Hair Tutorial

What you need:

  • Brush
  • Hair spray
  • Hair ties
  • Hair spray or frizz serum

Firstly section your hair in two like this and tie the bottom one into a high pony tail:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Put the top section to the side and clip it for later. Now divide the ponytail into 3 sections as if you were going to plait it. Put two of the sections to the side and then divide the remaining one in half. This style is created by repeatedly tying those two pieces into loose knots then pinning. It gives much more rounded interesting sections than normal plaiting would so it can be good for a change.

The knots you should be using are pretty much square knots or the kind you would use to tie your shoe, an example can be seen here: http://www.folsoms.net/knots/

Start with one like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

If you do it evenly it should form a pretty pattern. Depending if you want the look to be messy and casual or sleek and complicated you might want to use frizz reduction serum or something similar before you start knotting. Don’t worry about not being able to get them undone later because the pieces of hair you’re using to tie them are so large they should just spring back apart like a plait.

Then keep tying the pieces over and over until you get something like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Now pull the section upwards and curve it toward the base of the ponytail. Pin it in place.

Knots Hair Tutorial

Repeat this process with the next section of hair but curve it a bit towards the right of the ponytail when you pin it:

Knots Hair Tutorial

The third section should be curved downwards and pinned at the bottom of the ponytail. After pinning all 3 parts you shouldn’t be able to see the hair tie in the ponytail anymore, it should just look like a big loopy bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Finally it’s time to do the top section. This is really what determines the final look so here are two options!

Knots Hair Tutorial

Brushing it to the side tie it in a loose knot about half way down:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Continue knotting from that point.

Knots Hair Tutorial

You have something like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Pull it backwards and pin into the main bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Add a little flower and you’re done ^_^

Knots Hair Tutorial

You can see how it looks a bit like a big swirl from the back:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Other side:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Front:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Top:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Another option for the top which makes it look a little more prom-ish is to tease/backcomb it a bit, pin it in place then knot the rest and add it into the main bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

So yes while it doesn’t suit my hair very well it’s a decent style for those with medium length darker hair and can be dressed up or down accordingly ^_^