Half-Up Topknot Tutorial: Short or Long Hair

A long overdue half-up topknot tutorial! A simple style for everyday and three ways to style it!

Half-Up Topknot Tutorial | 3 Ways to Style a Half-Up Topknot | Louella Reese

Recently I’ve been receiving several questions about  my go to hairstyle – a half-up topknot. Since cutting my hair short this has become my regular do. It keeps the hair out of my face but also still looks cute and pulled together. My mom calls it the blogger bun and Joshua calls it my mullet do. However, I call it a half-up topknot and couldn’t love it more!  

So today, I’m sharing how I do the do with a half-up topknot tutorial. Well actually three! Below you will find a video showcasing the three ways I often style my half-up topknot. Each provides a little bit different of a look! The best part about this do (all three stylings) is that is so quick and easy. It only takes a minute or two and you’re good to go. So let’s get right to it…

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Half-up Topknot Tutorial


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Topknot 1: Messy, Playful Topknot

This is my go to of the three styles. It is the quickest + easiest of the three. So simple to throw up and go!

Grab a scrunchie
Pull up the top section of your hair
Secure scrunchie

Topknot 2: More Polished Topknot

This is the style I lean towards when wearing a half-up topknot to events or out with friends + family. A little more polished and secure. Stays all day without needing any touch-ups. Especially if you add a spritz or two of hairspray.

Use a standard hair tie (I like the cloth ones)
Pull up the top section of hair
Secure with hair tie
Add bobby pins as needed to secure and polish the knot

Topknot 3: Accessorized Topknot

I find myself opting for this styling as temps rise. If you’re anything like me warm weather brings out the playful, accessory loving side of you! A bandana is the perfect playful hair accessory.

Add a bandana to your messy or more polished topknot
Wrap from front to back, then back to front
Secure with a knot

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  1. Rachel wrote:

    I am such a sucker for a good topknot but always forget to do a half-up topknot! Such an easy way to have a put-together hairstyle while keeping your hair out of your face!


    Posted 4.29.20
    • Yes girl! Couldn’t agree with you more. Has definitely become my go to – since a regular topknot isn’t an option with short hair ha.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  2. Rach wrote:

    Your half up top-know is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I’ll have to try it out!


    Posted 4.29.20
    • Aw thanks gal! Yes for sure – tag me if you share – I want to see!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  3. Lizzie wrote:

    What a fun tutorial! It looks so cute on you! Love how you added that adorable scarf too!


    Posted 4.29.20
  4. I loved seeing this on IGTV! I’m a huge fan of the top knot for my second or third day curled hair. Love how you added the scarf.


    Posted 4.29.20
    • Yay so happy to hear that! Yes girl – it is perfect for those days!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  5. This is such a cute hairstyle!! Love how you added that fun scarf! Also, can we talk about how beautiful these hydrangeas are!!

    Posted 4.29.20
    • Thank you lady! The scarf addition is so very you! Those are hydrangeas from our front yard – making my dreams come true!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  6. Stephanie wrote:

    I loved watching your IGTV! It was fun to see how you mastered this particular look. I have a similar hair length but I know my cowlick is much more frustrating in the back, so it makes half-up styles look really yucky most of the time. I’ll have to use this time to practice!

    Posted 4.29.20
    • Yay! Love hearing that – thank you gal! I definitely think with some practice/creativity you could make it look very cute!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  7. Kileen wrote:

    This hair style is so cute and seems so easy to do! This is such a cute look!

    cute & little

    Posted 4.30.20
  8. Such an effortless look and so easy! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 4.30.20
  9. Emily Wilkinson wrote:

    Your hair looks so so cute like this, thanks for sharing!

    Posted 4.30.20
  10. Greta wrote:

    So cute! I need to try this hairstyle. I’ve just been having typical top knots lately!

    Posted 4.30.20
  11. Anna English wrote:

    Yours looks super cute! Mine always ends up looking a hot mess, and not in a good way!

    Posted 5.4.20
    • Thank you Anna! Haha – it took lots and lots of practice – lots of trial and error for sure!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 5.5.20
  12. Morgan wrote:

    Love the bandana finishing touch!

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    Posted 5.5.20

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