How to Easily Do a Sleek Top Knot Bun on Natural Hair

Lauryn Nicole
by Lauryn Nicole
8 Materials
40 Minutes

Buns are so trendy right now! In this tutorial, I’ll show you a step-by-step guide on making a sleek top knot bun on natural hair. Taming the volume and frizz can be a little tricky, but I have a tried & tested way to give you a chic and smooth look. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Spray bottle
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Mousse
  • Gel
  • Edge control
  • Bobby pins
  • Brushes
  • Hair ties
Parting hair into sections

1. Part your hair

Start by parting your hair into three sections.

Tying the top section of hair out of the way

Tie the top section of your hair, so it’s out of the way. 

Spraying hair with water

2. Start stylin’

Now, go in with your spray bottle and dampen the bottom two sections. 

Applying leave-in conditioner

Apply a generous amount of leave-in conditioner. Remember, you want your hair to look smooth without any lumps or bumps, and by moisturizing your natural hair, it will achieve that look. 

Next, spritz your hair again with water and brush your hair afterward. 

Applying products to natural hair

Now, apply curl-enhancing cream. This is optional, but again, I’m adding this for extra moisture. 

Twisting hair in three sections

Brush and twist each section, and after that, twist your hair as shown. I ended up twisting three sections. 

How to make a top knot with natural hair

Divide the top section of your hair into two and repeat the whole process. 

Putting hair into a ponytail

3. Do the ponytail

Untwist the two top sections of hair, and tie it up. Decide where you’d like your ponytail to be placed. Brush your hair upward before tying it, so it’s as sleek and smooth as possible. 

Twisting hair and securing with a bobby pin

Twist your hair. Add a bobby pin at the end to secure it while you work on the back sections. 

Brushing hair upwards

With the back, do the same as you did with the front section; untwist, brush upward, and tie. 

Applying gel to hair

Now, untwist the front section and add a good amount of styling gel to your hair; leaving it sleek as ever! I love the eco-style brand, and I think it works wonders when making a natural top knot bun. 

Brushing hair while applying gel

Brush your hair as you apply the gel. It’s not going to be sleek as you first apply the gel, you’ll need to brush it as much as you can, and it does require some arm and elbow work. 

Creating a natural top knot bun

Now, brush your hair with a softer brush and tie it all up. 

Spraying hair ends with water

4. Make the bun

Now, moisten the ends of your hair with some water. 

Brushing hair to detangle it

Then, brush it again and do some more detangling. 

Tying hair

Now, gather your hair and put a hair tie around ¼ of the way, and this will help give some height to the bun. 

Wrapping the ends of hair around

Next, wrap the ends of your hair around the heightened pony. 

Securing the top knot with bobby pins

Put a bobby pin to secure the end. Then, add some more bobby pins around the perimeter of the bun to hide any other loose ends. 

Cleaning up the edges with a brush

5. Add the finishing touches

Then, clean up the edges with a smaller, hard bristled brush. 

Applying gel to flyaways

Add some eco-style gel on any flyaways you may have. 

Applying mousse to the hair

Apply the mouse all over your head and smoothen it down. 

Tying a scarf around your head

Tie a silk or cotton scarf around your head and keep it there for around 20 minutes. 

Sleek top knot bun natural hair

How to do a top knot bun on natural hair tutorial

That’s how you make a top knot bun on natural hair! What do you all think? It’s super chic and sleek, and it looks crazy good! Thanks for joining me - happy styling. 

Suggested materials:
  • Spray bottle
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Mousse
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