3 Easy Ways to do a Half-Up Topknot

For long, medium and short hair.
Maria Bobila
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For long, medium and short hair.
Chiara Ferragni outside the Louis Vuitton spring 2016 show during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Imaxtree

Chiara Ferragni outside the Louis Vuitton spring 2016 show during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Imaxtree

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than five million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

From New York to Paris, it seemed like just about everyone decided to style their hair in a half-up topknot at the shows this season. What's appealing about this style is how simple it looks — while also coming across like you've actually done something with your hair, even if you haven't washed it in three days. And it can be done with just about any hair length, too. Check out the videos below to learn how to do a half-up topknot with long, medium or short hair.

Long Hair

To achieve a half-up topknot with long hair, the secret is in the bobby pins. Sazan Hendrix (formerly Bazani), a blogger and YouTube vlogger from Los Angeles, uses them to create the desired shape of her topknot after tying her sectioned hair into a loose bun. A finishing mist of hair spray and a quick tease along the lengths of her hair results in an effortless look for every day.

Medium Hair

The great thing about medium hair is that its length requires little to no styling. Amalie Gabs of ShinyLipsTv and her take on the half-up topknot is proof. She starts by teasing a section of hair at the top of her head with a paddle brush. Then she squishes the hair into a bun, secures it with an elastic and creates more volume with a few tugs at the roots. It's that easy.

Short Hair

Beauty gal A Ting Thing (and her bubbly personality) makes us want to chop our hair off just so we can sport an itty bitty topknot, too. In this video, the vlogger does her topknot with a twist — literally — which adds more depth to the look due to her super short strands.