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neko_kawaii
October 1st, 2020, 10:22 AM
This is off an old list of styles. The information I have for it is a simple description: "A topsied braid that is loosely wrapped around and around the gap formed by the topsy."

There are a couple different ways to interpret that. The obvious is a single braid that is wrapped as many times through the gap as the length will allow. Another, is to do big loops, or to imitate big loops on shorter hair by looping multiple braids.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50404970726_f314d15f12_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jN7DHq)

https://live.staticflickr.com/4244/35232023610_3de19a6e96.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VFkk9W)


What effects can you achieve with different styles of braids?

AmaryllisRed
October 1st, 2020, 04:59 PM
Ooh, very pretty, neko!
I'm not sure if I can do this without pain. Any kind of topsy tail usually ends up pulling and hurting. Tips?

neko_kawaii
October 2nd, 2020, 01:25 PM
Ooh, very pretty, neko!
I'm not sure if I can do this without pain. Any kind of topsy tail usually ends up pulling and hurting. Tips?

Thank you! I did the chignon-like version yesterday as I couldn't locate an older picture and it was quite comfortable all day. Maybe I just got lucky? I don't topsy often. I love the look of the Gibson Tuck but I just don't have enough thickness for it, my length just falls out of the pocket. So I have very little reason to do topsies.

elise.autumn
October 2nd, 2020, 01:30 PM
Could someone kindly describe what "topsied" means?

AmaryllisRed
October 2nd, 2020, 01:42 PM
Could someone kindly describe what "topsied" means?

Have you heard of a Topsy Tail?
Basically you make a ponytail (usually a low one), make a hole in your hair above the elastic, flip the ponytail up and pull it down through the hole. The Topsy Tail is a device that you can use to make it easier to pull the hair through the hole.

Maybe when I do it, I'm letting the elastic flip over and that's why it's pulling. I wonder if I can do it without manipulating that part.

I have a couple of ideas with the braided version...

elise.autumn
October 2nd, 2020, 02:03 PM
Ohh interesting. I've heard of this but have never tried. I'll need to try now.

sipnsun
October 3rd, 2020, 07:05 AM
I love this style, going to give it a try for church tomorrow. I've never tried it with braids, only without and my hair is too thin and straight for it to look right unfortunately. Hopefully the braids will make a difference!

jane_marie
October 3rd, 2020, 07:14 AM
Have you heard of a Topsy Tail?
Basically you make a ponytail (usually a low one), make a hole in your hair above the elastic, flip the ponytail up and pull it down through the hole. The Topsy Tail is a device that you can use to make it easier to pull the hair through the hole.

Maybe when I do it, I'm letting the elastic flip over and that's why it's pulling. I wonder if I can do it without manipulating that part.

I have a couple of ideas with the braided version...

I wonder if you can maybe do something that looks similar by making a single french or dutch braid, *tying it off and then doing multiple braids which you fasten together, roll up and pin. That's what I had to do with the Gibson Tuck because topsied stuff doesn't generally work for me. Just a thought. :)

AmaryllisRed
October 3rd, 2020, 08:08 AM
I wonder if you can maybe do something that looks similar by making a single french or dutch braid, typing it off and then doing multiple braids which you fasten together, roll up and pin. That's what I had to do with the Gibson Tuck because topsied stuff doesn't generally work for me. Just a thought. :)

That's a great idea!

sipnsun
October 4th, 2020, 02:53 PM
https://i.imgur.com/EljKin1.jpg


I won't say that it was an epic fail but it sure didn't look as good as your neko!

luluj
October 4th, 2020, 03:22 PM
This is not an epic-fail at all, it is in fact, a lovely up-do. Your hair looks so pretty like this sipnsun.

sipnsun
October 4th, 2020, 03:39 PM
This is not an epic-fail at all, it is in fact, a lovely up-do. Your hair looks so pretty like this sipnsun.

Thank you so much! It stayed in place very well which is always a plus. I only took it down a few minutes ago to try another bun which was an epic fail lol! I'm trying to branch out from the LWB and cinnabun!

luluj
October 4th, 2020, 04:00 PM
You are welcome, sipnsun. :blossom:

I am waiting for the day when I will be able to participate in the Hairstyle of the Month. I can do a topsy-tail, though! :cheer:

sipnsun
October 5th, 2020, 08:32 AM
You are welcome, sipnsun. :blossom:

I am waiting for the day when I will be able to participate in the Hairstyle of the Month. I can do a topsy-tail, though! :cheer:

I had never done a braided topsy and it looked good just hanging down my back too! Hopefully it won't be long before you can experiment, I'm just now getting there and it's been fun!

Cg
October 5th, 2020, 09:16 AM
Here (https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Ponytail-Simple-Accessories-Styling/dp/B06XPDKCBH/ref=pd_lpo_194_img_0/143-7377271-4333701?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B06XPDKCBH&pd_rd_r=4ed6cb82-c88e-402c-8e97-ee093bb1f36b&pd_rd_w=ttnz2&pd_rd_wg=5XVmC&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=BKQJYPSPC0ZKSN75EN4Q&psc=1&refRID=BKQJYPSPC0ZKSN75EN4Q)is the tool used, and this (https://www.scunci.com.au/tutorials/topsytail)is how you use it.

I like the soft look of a Gibson tuck, but I'm not sure how this will work with quite long hair and substituting crochet chains for the braid. I'll try tomorrow.

jane_marie
October 5th, 2020, 10:38 AM
I think it's lovely sipnsun!

I tried to modify this for shorter thicker hair by doing two french braid but it didn't work

Here's a photo of that just for funsies. :shrug:
https://i.imgur.com/jKF1rQI.jpg?1

So, I tried again with twin english braids centered at the back of my neck. I like it. It's comfortable and it works well with my new(ish) Church Street and Love fork.

https://i.imgur.com/RPfL1Zg.png

ETA: For the first topsy on each side I did the left braid on the right side and the right braid on the left side. That way, I could join the two mounds together. with the fork.

Linden
October 5th, 2020, 11:07 AM
These are fun! I'll have to try some more variants this month! I think I usually do twin french twist on the sides of my head, rather than a topsied ponytail. I think it looks better on me.
Here's a photo from earlier this summer, I will have to try and recreate it in honour of the month:

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=42859&d=1601917253

neko_kawaii
October 5th, 2020, 11:21 AM
Lovely everyone!

Jen419
October 5th, 2020, 04:28 PM
I think it's lovely sipnsun!

I tried to modify this for shorter thicker hair by doing two french braid but it didn't work

Here's a photo of that just for funsies. :shrug:
https://i.imgur.com/jKF1rQI.jpg?1

So, I tried again with twin english braids centered at the back of my neck. I like it. It's comfortable and it works well with my new(ish) Church Street and Love fork.

https://i.imgur.com/RPfL1Zg.png

ETA: For the first topsy on each side I did the left braid on the right side and the right braid on the left side. That way, I could join the two mounds together. with the fork.

This looks so beautiful! Thanks for the description, too. I’m going to try that for sure.

And the French braids that “didn’t work” look funkyfunmessy to me, so perhaps though it wasn’t the look you were trying for, I think it still “works”! :cheer:

AmaryllisRed
October 6th, 2020, 04:28 PM
Everyone's styles look really good!

I had some time today. So my first attempt was more like looped braids, not exactly the effect I was going for.
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=42880&d=1602021611

The second attempt. I tied three braids together at the ends with this long scarf thing, rolled it up, and tied the scarf in the front. I actually really like how it came out except that I couldn't get the front to look quite right.
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=42881&d=1602021680

Third and final attempt. I clipped the braids together at the ends with a barrette, rolled them up, and pinned it. It looked good, but it hurt. I need a better method of securing.
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=42883&d=1602022113

jane_marie
October 7th, 2020, 08:57 AM
AmaryllisRed all of these look gorgeous but I especially love the second!

What sort of issue were you having with the scarf?

AmaryllisRed
October 7th, 2020, 12:55 PM
jane-- thanks! I really liked the second, too, and I think it's something I would wear a lot if I could get it perfected.
I couldn't figure out how to make the scarf look right in the front. I had it tied in a bow off to the side but it just looked weird. I think part of the problem is the scarf was on my forehead, not on top of my hair...
If you have tips, let me know because you have all the scarf magic!

Edit: forum is doing the broken thing and it looks like I'm talking to myself but I'm really not!

Mariekeeee14
October 9th, 2020, 10:18 AM
https://i.postimg.cc/sxZHDbLx/image0.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/vH5M0KmG/image1.jpg

I tried it with two braids and it works real nice! It's not that comfy, but it's okay.

AmaryllisRed
October 17th, 2020, 07:11 PM
Very pretty, Mariekeeee!

I just tried it with one English braid, making a hole at the top and looping the braid through over and over.
I am kind of in awe. It's completely comfortable and holding all on its own. It's a bit messy, but such is my hair.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43031&d=1602983313

jane_marie
October 17th, 2020, 07:51 PM
These are gorgeous Mariekeee14 & Amaryllis!.

Amaryllis I find that crossing the scarf ends at the base of my neck can help the scarf sit better over the top of my head. I'm not sure how that would work with wrapping the braids around it though.

Sorry I'm not much help.

AmaryllisRed
October 17th, 2020, 09:20 PM
These are gorgeous Mariekeee14 & Amaryllis!.

Amaryllis I find that crossing the scarf ends at the base of my neck can help the scarf sit better over the top of my head. I'm not sure how that would work with wrapping the braids around it though.

Sorry I'm not much help.

Thank you!

Yeah, I'm not sure if I would be able to use that for this particular style...I don't think the scarf (belt) is long enough to cross in the back and bring back around... but I will keep it in mind for other styles anyway. :)