Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hairstyle How To: Franny's Easy Summer Updo

This is an easy summer style that is quick, easy, requires no twisting and requires no braiding.  It can be adapted for height, and the ends can be left loose as I have chosen to do, or they can be tucked under. Also, you can experiment with flipping the ponytail through more than once for a fuller topknot.

All you need for this style is a brush or comb, a ponytail holder, and a barrette or slide. A Topsy Tail Tool is helpful, but not essential.

Here are the instructions:

1. Put hair in a high ponytail.

2. Take Topsy Tail Tool and  insert it behind the hair elastic from the bottom, with the ponytail in the Topsy Tail loop.

3. Pull ponytail up behind the elastic with the Topsy Tail.

4. Now that you've pulled the ponytail through, hold it straight up and give it a gentle yank.

5. Pull ponytail down over the flip-through, smooth it with your hand and insert as small slide or barrette.  I am using a Flexi-8 slide that was given to me by a dear friend.

Lightly comb the ends, which are now likely disheveled, and smooth them.

6. The finished style.

Another view:


  1. Lovely!!
    I've never seen a topsy tail in action before. The flexi-8 looks gorgeous in your hair! :)

  2. This looks quite elegant, especially with the soft sides. Lovely, my friend.

  3. I tried this and I liked it! I also experimented with a braided variation which I found made it easier for me to do the flip-through-- instead of starting with a ponytail, I made a "faux French braid", made a hole above it, and flipped the braid up through it before securing the tail and sticking a couple spin pins in the top to make it stay put. There are different versions of faux French braids; the one I mean is described in this tutorial:
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Pretty! I adore your earrings too, very elegant.

  5. I love it! Never tried my topsy tail before. I'll be back to see more.

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