Waterfall Braid Top Knot

Messy buns, top knots, donuts are some of the best hairstyles ever because they are quick and easy and perfect when your mop is due for a wash but you haven’t had the time to do it. Adding a small detail, like a braid, is one of the easiest ways to dress up that 2 second bun. I personally love adding a dutch braid up the back, or even two dutch braids into a low messy bun like this popular hairstyle.  If you wanted to get even crazier, try this style with a dutch braid and fishtail combo!

Looking for a refresher on a simple top knot? Check out my Easiest Top Knot Tutorial; it takes seconds to do and you’ll wish you’d seen it sooner!

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Waterfall Braid Top Knot

  • Step 1 / Begin with a part on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a section of hair, on the heavy side of the part, and divide it into three smaller sections for the braid.
  • Step 3 / Cross the back strand over the middle strand.
  • Step 4 / Now cross the front strand over the middle strand.
  • Step 5 / Next cross the back strand over the middle strand.
  • Step 6 / Drop down the new back strand, pinning it out of the way.
  • Step 7 / Pick up a new section of hair, crossing it over the middle strand, in place of the strand that was dropped down.
  • Step 8 / Cross the front strand over the middle and pick up a section of hair incorporating it into the crossed strand.
  • Step 9 / Next, repeat steps 5 through 8 until the braid reaches the left ear.
  • Step 10 / Braid the hair down a little ways and tie it off with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 11 / Remove the clips holding the waterfall pieces and brush all the hair up into a high ponytail.
  • Step 12 / Wrap a hair elastic halfway over the ponytail.
  • Step 13 / Twist the elastic band, twisting the ponytail at the same time, and wrap the elastic band over the hair once more.
  • Step 14 / Now pull the hair tight so the bun feels secure against the head.
  • Step 15 / Gently loosen and straighten the waterfall pieces so they lay symmetrically on the top of the head.
  • Step 16 / Smooth down any flyaways with a firm hold hairspray and you are ready to run out the door!

Waterfall Braid Top Knot


  1. danna
    August 27, 2015 / 8:41 PM

    Hi Missy, love all your tutorials!
    I have some trouble replicating that top bun… I get lost after twist the elastic and the hair at the same time! It never works out?. Do you have a video on that?

    Thanks so much for taking the time to teach us such beautiful hairstyles!!

    • August 31, 2015 / 8:35 PM

      Thank you, Danna! Then the elastic is wrapped once more over the hair. I don’t have a video just for the bun but I will put it on my to-do list!

  2. Katrina
    January 18, 2015 / 3:28 PM

    I wore this adorable style to church today and got a lot of compliments! I <3 it :) I will definitely be wearing this style again :D

    • January 21, 2015 / 12:18 PM

      So glad you liked it and it worked out for you! <3 <3

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