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Trendy Top Knot and Ninja Bun Hairstyles on Black Women

(Last Updated On: June 7, 2022)

Gone are the days when you’d only be spotted with a top knot in your home or when going for your yoga sessions. It is now a trendy hairstyle worn on the red carpet.

The list of celebrities who have been seen rocking the top knot is long, from Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez to Paz Vega. Kendall Jenner has been spotted quite a number of times in a top knot bun during runway shows.

But what’s not to love about the top knot bun?

It’s easy to wear and takes the least time and energy to put together. It’s especially great for getting your hair off your face.

Stick around as I let you in on everything that you need to know about the top knot hairstyle.

What is a top knot hairstyle?

The top knot is a more relaxed and effortless version of the tight-fitting ballerina bun. Only in this case, the bun is tied as a knot and sits right at the center of the head. You can hold up your entire head of hair or pull out some individual hairs to create sort of a messy look.

The top knot style dates back to the 13th century and is originally from the East, although it stems from different cultures in the East. While in some cultures it was worn just to keep hair from falling on the face, in some, it played an important religious role like in the Buddhism and Sikhism religions. In other cultures, it was worn for status. In South China, for instance, married women wore their hair in a top knot bun to signify their marital status.

How do you do a top knot hairstyle?

This hairstyle is best done on the second-day hair and not on freshly washed. But if you still want to put your freshly washed hair up in a top knot, you will need first to spray the hair with a volumizing spray to thicken it so that it looks voluminous. You will also need a scrunchie and a few bobby pins.

To put your hair up in a top knot, grab all your hair and put them in a high ponytail using the scrunchie. Take the ponytail, wrap it loosely around the scrunchie to create a knotted bun, and secure it with bobby pins. Watch how XoChioma creates a top knot bun on her 4C hair.

Is a top knot good for your hair? Can you lose hair around your edges?

Top knot is undoubtedly a good hairstyle, but when worn too tightly, just as with any other hairstyle, it can cause hair loss and alopecia in extreme cases. If you are constantly in a top knot and you notice a lot of frizz and flyaways, that’s a sign that your hair is breaking off. 

Avoid tying your knots too tightly and use scrunchies instead of elastic bands. They are much gentler. Also, avoid wearing the top knot frequently. It tends to cause hair to fall because of the friction and tugging caused by the hair tie.

What hair products do I need for a perfect top knot hairstyle?

You don’t need any particular product for the top knot hairstyle, but you need an edge control to lay down the edges, and an eco styler or any gel of choice to sleek down the rest of the hair. You may also need a finishing hair spray for a glossy look.

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Can one do a top knot with just hair without hair extensions?

Yes, you don’t need hair extensions if your hair is long. Ideally, the top knot hairstyle should be done without hair extensions unless you have very short hair or just want a thicker or longer bun.

How do you do a messy top knot bun?

Tiana Shanell has a great tutorial on creating a messy knotted bun on natural hair. But basically, you just make your top knot bun as usual, then pull out some hair from the front, behind the ear, and on the nape. The top knot must also be loosely held so that it doesn’t look like a sleek bun.

What type of hair do I need for a top knot? (ponytail or weft hair bundles)

You can use both, really. I find that the ponytail hair extension is much simpler to work with, but that’s just because I have not gotten the hang of using weft hair bundles. I’ve seen so many vloggers use the weft bundles, and the top knot comes out almost perfect.

Another clever way is to use braiding hair extensions then wrap the braid around your top knot as you elongate the knot.

What’s the hair length I need for the perfect top knot? 

You’d need at least six to eight inches of hair to achieve a top knot. The longer the hair, the more perfect your top knot will come out. You should be able to tie the hair on the front and the back to a knot. If your hair is too short, perhaps you could use a ponytail extension.

Can you create a top knot with short hair?

Well, no, unless you have extensions on to give you the needed length to hold your hair in a ponytail. 

You could, however, wear the half down, half up top knot. See how Amanda Cypert Beauty creates a top knot with her short hair. A top knot in short hair would look very awkward, with some hair dangling and others puffing out.

Can I wash my hair in a top knot?

No, you will mess up your top knot. You first have to take down your top knot to be able to wash your hair with ease and adequately. With your hair in a top knot, you’d not be able to reach the scalp or even wash all your hair.

Best nighttime routine for top knot hairstyle

A great nighttime routine is key to getting the most out of your top knot. Sleep on a silk pillowcase, wrap your hair using a satin/silk scarf, or simply wear a big satin bonnet. The smoothness of the silk/satin wrap or pillowcase will help keep your top knot intact while minimizing shedding and tangling.

Best Top Knot Hairstyles on Black Women

  1. Threaded Top Knot on Type 4 Hair

2. Top Knot Bun on 4B/C Hair

3. High Top Knot on Teenagers Natural Hair


 4. Curly Top Knot with Curly Hair Extensions


5. Long Sleek Top Knot with Swirled Edges

Black woman in a long top knot bun

6. Half Up Half Down Top Knot with Bangs





11. Sleek Top Knot

12. Extra Long Top Knot on 4B Hair

Black woman in a long top knot bun

13. Top Knot with a side sweep

14. Golden Top Knot Style with Chopsticks


15. Top Knot Style with Light Baby Hair



17. Curly Messy Top Knot with Swirl Edges


18. Extra Sleek Top Knot


19. Top Knot With a Side Swoop Bangs


20. Top Knot with a Swoop to the Back


21. Green and Blue Top Knot







17. High Top Knot with Full Side Sweep


Of all the trendy women’s hairstyles, I find the top knot to be the simplest and easiest to work with. It is extremely versatile allowing you to express your personality in different ways.

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