Knotting Your Hair...In A Good Way!

I am awful at hair, like genuinely awful. When I was younger I wanted to be a hairdresser and I believe the highlight of that career was when I thought I'd developed a 'new way of plaiting' and tested it out on my best friend Katie's hair. Long story short Katie's parents managed to cut the 'plait' (read tangled mess) out of her hair. It was fine! Her hair is really thick so you could barely tell!

It also doesn't help that I have long, straight, shiny hair (I know cry me a river right?). But my hair always wants to return to its natural state and doesn't hold pins, curls, bobbles etc. very well at all. So I figured it's about time I learnt! So here is a hair tutorial (as much for me as it is for you guys) on how to create a simple half up half down knot. Enjoy!

TRESemme Curling Wand Urban Fudge Sea Salt Spray VO5 Ultimate Hold Hair Spray Bobby Pins A Large Clip
All the tools for the job (list below)

For this you will need...
  • A curling wand - this one is by TRESemmé
  • Salt spray - we used Urban Fudge's Sea Salt spray
  • Hair spray - this one is VO5 Ultimate Hold
  • Bobby pins - for pinning hair
  • A large clip - for holding hair out the way

Step 1: Split the hair down the middle into two equal sections.

Step 2: Curl the hair in 1 inch pieces away from the face

Curling Hair In Sections Hair Tutorial
You may want to clip hair up while you do this

Step 3: After curling each piece catch the curl in your hand and then roll it back up and pin to the head (a pin curl). Be careful because the hair can be very hot while you do this!

Pin Curls Hair Tutorial
My hair in pin curls

Step 4: Wait for the whole head to cool and for the curls to set (touch the hair and if it isn't still warm you are good to go) then take out the pins and unravel the curls.

Ringlets Hair Tutorial
Looking like Kirstin Dunst in Interview With A Vampire

Step 5: Run your fingers through the curls to break them up and make them less ringlety then spray the hair with salt spray for added texture.

Curling Hair Tutorial
Nice and curly

Step 6: Section the hair above the ears then split the hair above the ears into two

Step 7: Arrange these pieces so that they shape the face nicely and then tie these two pieces in a loose knot

Braiding Knotting Tying Hair Tutorial
Knotting your hair the right way

Step 8: Bobby pin the knot in place so it is nice and secure

Simple Knot Hair Tutorial
Simple knotted design

Step 9: Spray the hair with hairspray to help hold the look in place and you are done!

Simple Knot Hair Tutorial
The completed look

I'd like to thank my lovely flatmates for helping me to create this post. Josie for actually creating this hairstyle and Anna for taking the occasional picture and providing all round entertainment!


Let me know if you guys try this hairstyle out!


  1. This is SO pretty! I love it! My hair doesn't hold a style at all either :-(

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    1. Thanks! And it's so annoying isn't it??? I was actually impressed with how long this style held in there though! :-)