Topsy Tail Hairstyles

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Topsy Tail Hairstyles
Basic tools for at home hairstyling. (brushes and combs image by timur1970 from

Turning the classic ponytail upside down and inside out, the Topsy Tail allows you to achieve multiple looks with little effort. This hair tool hit the market in the 1990s and quickly gained popularity. You can use the Topsy Tail tool to achieve various standard looks, and many variations of the hairstyle can be done on your own with a little practice. To begin, brush through your whole head of hair completely to get rid of any tangles.

The Basic Ponytail

Pull all of your hair back into a ponytail, just above the nape of your neck, and secure with a hair tie. Slide the hair tie down about an inch to an inch and a half, depending on the thickness of your hair, and separate the hair above the tie with your fingers. Flip the ponytail up and then down through the space you have created with your fingers. Pull the ponytail through the space to achieve the basic Topsy Tail ponytail hairstyle. To add an extra special touch, embellish the ponytail with a barrette, flower or hair clip.

The Half Up-Half Down Hairstyle

For a Topsy Tail take on the classic half up-half down hairstyle, pull the desired amount of hair back behind your head, leaving the rest hanging straight, and secure with a hair tie. Slide the hair tie down about half an inch, depending on hair thickness, and separate the hair above the tie with your fingers. Similar to the basic ponytail steps, flip the tied hair up and down through the space created with your fingers and pull the ponytail through until it lays flat.

The Mock French Braid

Begin with the half up-half down hairstyle, pulling less hair than normal behind your head and complete the steps listed for this hairstyle. After the initial half up-half down Topsy Tail is completed, repeat these steps by pulling back sections of hair slightly lower than the first ponytail. This can be done as many times as you prefer, generally three to five times, depending on the amount of hair pulled back with each section. Secure final ponytail with a hair tie to achieve the Mock French Braid hairstyle.


Now that you know the basic Topsy Tail hairstyles, experiment with your own personal preferences. Try the Topsy Tail techniques on pigtails; pull your hair low and to one side to get the popular side ponytail but with a twist; use larger sections of hair. If you have hair clips or clips at hand, twist the hanging ponytail around the Topsy Tail portion and secure to simulate a bun. After a few practice tries, test out the upside down Topsy Tail and let the hair hang over, in a fishtail fashion, or pin it to create a more simple yet elegant look.

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