Remember the topsy-tail commercials (or rather, informercials)? The ones for the actual device? Well, that tool still exists. (Interested? You can buy it on Amazon for less than $2.) This, however, is nothing like what you’re remembering. The beauty of the topsy tail is that it adds interest and texture without a lot of effort—basically it’s something anyone can do, and if you do it right, it looks beyond chic. To show us how to do it right, we called in the hair master herself, celeb stylist Jen Atkin.
Scroll through for the step-by-step tutorial!
Start with your hair air-dried to its natural texture. Then part it to one side.
Add more texture to your hair with a one-inch curling iron. (Atkin likes T3’s Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand, $230.) Wrap sections away from your face all over your head.
Starting at your ear, separate out about a three-inch section of hair on the side it’s parted to, and pull the rest into a low ponytail.
This is when you start your topsy tail. Shimmy the hair tie down slightly and split the hair above the tie into equal halves, creating a hole in the center.
To finish your topsy tail, pull your ponytail through the hole.
Make sure your ponytail went all the way through and that each side looks even.
Tighten the style by splitting your ponytail into two equal sections, and give it a tug.
Lightly tease the bottom of the pony, pushing the comb up to create fullness and messiness.
Now tease the section you left out of the ponytail. Starting from the ends, hold the comb on top of the hair, and push it up into each bend.
Insert a large bobby pin across the ends about two to three inches from the bottom (a couple of inches should hang down below the pin).
Roll the pin under and up toward your head.
Roll it all the way back and pin it to the side of your head just behind your ear. Feel free to play with the rolled section until you get a placement you like, but remember it doesn’t have to look perfect—it should feel a little undone.
This style should stay pretty secure, but if you want to keep flyaways in check, give it a spritz of Rahua’s Defining Hair Spray ($37).