Dutch Braided Top Knot


If you have already mastered the crown braid and top knot then you will love this hairstyle. It’s a combination of both and a fabulous way to wear your hair this Summer. It gets the hair off your neck, keeping you cool and looking chic all season.

I am a huge fan of this style and have wanted to create my own version of the look. It took me a few practice runs to get just right but I know you can get it down too with just a bit of practice. Give it a try and as always, tag me on instagram and twitter (@missysueblog) if you decide to recreate the look!

Dutch Braided Top Knot

  • Step 1 / Beginning with a part on the right side, separate off a large section of hair at the crown (this is for the bun) and tie it off with an elastic or alligator clip.
  • Step 2 /Β Start a Dutch Braid and continue braiding the front portion of the hair until reaching the nape of the neck.
  • Step 3 / Continue braiding the hair around the back of the head.
  • Step 4 / Turn the braid so it trails up the right side. This is the trickiest part and takes a bit of practice to get right. If you end up with random bumps, they can always been pinned down at the end.
  • Step 5 / When all the hair is brought into the braid, finish braiding the section in a regular braid; then go back and gently loosen the edges to create a fuller braid.
  • Step 6 / Lay the braid behind the start of the braid and pin it against the head.
  • Step 7 / Next, let down the section of hair, that was pinned at the crown.
  • Step 8 / With a hair band, wrap the band twice over the hair as if creating a ponytail.
  • Step 9 / Before the last wrap, lean the head forwards and spread the base of the ponytail in a circular pattern, as if covering a mesh hair donut with the hair.
  • Step 10 / Now wrap the “donut” with the hair band and gently pull on the edges to create a larger “donut” shape made by the hair.
  • Step 11 / Take the rest of the hair that is sticking out from the band and twist it all together.
  • Step 12 / Wrap it around the base and pin down the end with a bobby pin.
  • Step 13 / Using several bobby pins, grab small sections of hair and pull it down to the head, pinning the bun against the head.
  • Step 14 / Continue pinning until it creates the shape that you prefer.
  • Step 15 / Set the style with hairspray and you are done!



  1. Justine
    August 4, 2015 / 10:50 AM

    Looks really nice! I’m going to try it tomorrow!
    Thank you for making easy to follow tutorials :)

  2. July 24, 2015 / 2:42 AM

    Looks amazing. :) I’m so happy you made a tutorial for this. It’s so hot here now so I really needed a hairstyle which gets the hair off my neck.

  3. Lenye
    July 19, 2015 / 7:42 AM

    Hi, Missy!
    I am a huge fan of your hair tutorials! You are so talented and you inspire me almost every day.
    Can I have a question? I have been watching your videos for very long time and I just realized that your hair is so much thicker than in your beginning of “hairstyle career”. How did you do it (did you use some vitamins or special shampoo, or it is just natural process)? I just cut my hair a little, because my hair was lately thin and it was hard to do most of hairstyles.
    I would be really grateful for your advice.
    Thanks very much!


    • July 19, 2015 / 11:30 AM

      Hi Lenye, I started growing it out a few years ago and got it to all one length. This increased the thickness because layers naturally “thin” out the hair and is what girls have to do when their hair is too thick. I do have naturally thicker hair anyways so that is another reason. I have taken vitamins such as Biotin to help speed up the process. These can cause skin breakouts but they help a little. Hope this helps!

      • Lenye
        July 19, 2015 / 1:08 PM

        Thank you for your reply!

        I hope you will keep doing such amazing tutorials. Wish you good luck and happy times with your husband and cute little boy Cohen :).

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