In case you haven’t noticed, half-up topknots have been practically everywhere the last few months, on the heads of models and all over Instagram. And there are plenty of reasons to embrace this look, it’s perfect for days your hair is too messy or even too dirty too wear down, but you don’t really want to hide all of it. And depending on your style, you can either wear it casual or dressed up. Personally I love it when the look has a little more attitude, which is why I love adding the French braid detail to it. And you don’t even need much time to execute it. Click through to the notes to learn how to emulate this style. –– Michelle Rotbart

Step One: Begin by separating hair into two sections. Pick up your crown, using the arch of your brows as a guideline. Clip the bottom of your hair away.

Step Two: French braid the top section from front to back and secure with a clear elastic when you reach the top back of your head. Make sure to leave a tail out long enough to create a bun. Spray tail with refinish to add texture and body.

Step Three: Tease the tail and then create a knot, securing with bobby pins.

Step Four: Unclip the bottom of your hair and either scrunch or wand to add wave and movement. Spray bottom section with refinish dry shampoo.

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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