Day 15: Knotties {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Fifteen: Knotties
Skill To Learn: Coiled Knots Anchored With Hidden Crossed Bobbies
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (anything can be mastered with practice!)
Time Commitment: 25 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Fat Elastic, A Bunch of Bobbies

 For Day Fifteen of 30 Days, 30 Ways, I’m going to teach you how to coil your hair into fun and fancy Knotties!  These are so easy to do, yet you can achieve such a variety of looks depending on whether you position them high, low or on the side, and whether you style the knotties wet (clean and professional) or dry (messy and fun).

Before we begin, let me preface by saying that my model here, Larken, has incredibly thick and long hair, so the knotties are especially stunning against her petite frame.  But you will see at the bottom of this post that I have shown some alternate examples of knotties to give you an idea of how they look on different textures of hair and with some slight tweaks in the method.  That said, begin with wet hair, pulled into a fat elastic wherever you want your knots to be anchored.  Section out a chunk of your hair and begin twisting it until it coils towards your head.  Next, use crossed bobbies to anchor the hair against your scalp, grabbing hair from the twists and hair at the root and locking the ridges of the two bobbies underneath the knots.  If, when you release the coil, it begins to move, add a third bobby wherever the hair seems loose.  I always leave a tail sticking out of my knotties because I think it adds whimsy to the overall style, but you can completely tuck those loose ends if you want.  Continue to section chunks of the hair, coil them and then anchor with bobby pins until the entire ponytail is now a pile of knotties agains your head.  Lightly gel any loose sprigs to keep them looking intentional and finish with a misting of hairspray.


In the pictures below, you first see Larken’s finished look.  The next picture is an example of what knotties look like on my hair which is finer and substantially shorter.  I can’t get a full rotation out of my coils, but I just twist until the hair bends toward the elastic and then anchor it, leaving the ends to flip out in every direction.  The third picture is of Larken and Alayna (L-R) a couple of years ago and it demonstrates how knotties can be used without the base elastic.  Those upstyles require a little more advance planning and sectioning, but we will explore those combination updos in February!  Use the comment section to let me know if you have any questions.  Happy Knotting! 


Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness! 


About ~Sarah

Artist. Musician. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Christian. Existentialist. Pilgrim.

Posted on January 15, 2012, in beauty, hair tutorials and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I like this look on you I’m going to try it myself. At my age I find I can’t wear some styles, thanks Sarah.

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