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Gathering all your hair and styling it atop your head have always been a girl's dream hairstyle. It is easy to do and wear. Because the top knot bun can be done in different ways, you can have a comfortable look without having to settle for monotonous hair.

Different Top Knot Bun Hairstyles and How to Do Them

The top knot bun is a versatile and stylish hairstyle where the hair is gathered and wrapped into a bun on the top of the head. It can range from sleek and sophisticated to messy chic, making it suitable for various occasions. 


To create a top knot bun, start by pulling your hair into a high ponytail and then wrapping the hair around the base of the ponytail before securing it with a hair tie. You can use a hair donut to add volume to the bun. This hairstyle is quick and easy to achieve, making it the choice for summer or days when you want to add volume to your hair.

Messy Top Knot

To create a cute messy top knot, start by pulling your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head and securing it with a scrunchy or bungee hair tie. Divide the ponytail into two sections, and tie them together like shoelaces. Wrap the ponytail around the base to form a bun, and secure it with hairpins. For a tousled look, gently loosen parts of the bun. To tame frizz, spray a flexible hold hairspray on a makeup brush, and use it to smooth flyaways around the bun.

Top Bun with Curtain Bangs

To create a top bun with curtain bangs, start by sweeping your hair back using a middle part, covering your ears, and gathering it into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Twist the ponytail, and secure it with a bungee or hair elastic. Twist the ponytail clockwise into a rope, and push it upwards to create flyaways. Wrap the ponytail into a loose bun, and secure it with bobby pins, ensuring the rigid part faces toward your head. Style the bangs or front strands with hairspray to frame your face softly.

Half-Up with Extensions

To create a half-up top knot, start by clipping in hair extensions wefts at the top of your head for added volume. Clip the remaining wefts from the mid-section to the nape. Embrace a messy look and tease the hair before wrapping it into a bun. Pull at the bun to add volume, and create an undone appearance. Finish by adding curls or waves to blend the extensions with your natural hair for a seamless look.

The Voluminous One

To achieve a voluminous top knot, start by adding volume to your hair. If you have curly or textured hair, you are already ahead. 

For those with fine hair, using extensions to add fullness is the way to go. Clip the wefts of extensions following the direction of your hair's natural flow, often upside down for updos. 

Secure your hair into a high ponytail, twist it into a bun, and secure it with pins. For a fuller look, gently pull at the bun to loosen it. Finish with hairspray to hold the style in place.


To create a sleek, center-part top knot, start by parting your hair in the center and separating the front sections. Gather the remaining hair into a high ponytail, using a volumizing mousse for hold. Take one side of the front section, wrap it around the ponytail, and secure it with a bobby pin, then repeat on the other side. Use a small hairnet to wrap around the ponytail, creating a sleek bun. 


For a stylish twist on the classic top knot, try the braided top knot. This look adds character and flair to your hairstyle, making it perfect for those photo moments. Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail on top of your head, leaving out any bangs if you have them. Use your fingers to create a textured look on the sides, or use a brush for a smoother finish. 

Next, loosely braid your ponytail from top to bottom and secure the end with a hair tie. Then, wrap the braid around itself in a clockwise motion to create a bun, tucking the end underneath and securing it with bobby pins. This style is quick and easy, and adds a fresh touch to your everyday look.

Braided and Havana Twists

Another elevated variation is adding literal twists. To create a braided top knot with Havana twists, start by sectioning your hair. Create Havana twists by twisting two strands of hair together to form a thicker twist. Once all hair is twisted, gather half of it into a ponytail at the top of your head. Wrap the twisted hair around the base of the ponytail to form a bun, and secure it with bobby pins. Adjust the bun to your desired shape, and you're all set with a stylish and unique look.