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French Braided Topknot

Braiding upside down is always a little bit tricky. It took me good while to really nail it. I suggest going very slow and saying the steps out loud. It’ll help you remember what you’re doing and what step you’re on while calming down those confused little fingers! You can do it. Practice, practice, practice!!

1. Pull half the hair up in a high topknot. I used the Fast Messy Bun.

2. Flip the hair upside down. If you have a ton of flyaways, now would be a good time to give them a good spray. Gather a small section of hair at the nape of your neck and split it into three sections.

3–5. French Braid the hair all the way up. Periodically look in the mirror to make sure those last chunks of hair added into the French Braid match the angle of the hair that’s half up. You don’t want to have to redo the braid because there’s a large gap or unwanted bubbles.

6. When you get to the end, tie off with a clear elastic band and tie the remaining ends into another messy bun. The braid is tied off separately in case your Messy Bun doesn’t have the shape you want. This way you can pull it out and redo it until you get the perfect one. You know how Messy Buns are!

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