Hey girl! The dog days of summer are upon us, and this time of year, it’s hot hot hot! The warm weather is great and all, but it can totally mess with our hair game. Sometimes, all we need is a sweat-free style to get it out of our face, you know? Enter the perfectly pretty topknot — but with an upgrade. The *braided* topknot is an ideal ‘do to rock when you’re feeling the heat. This look is made for lazy girls who are looking for a fuss-free style that’s both timeless and trendy. Follow these steps to hack this hairstyle in a flash.

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STEP 1: PONY UP

Start this look by getting that hair UP! Create a super high ponytail on the top of your head.

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STEP 2: TEASE TOUR TRESSES

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Next, tease the hair in your ponytail to add in serious texture and volume. This is key to achieving a full topknot.

STEP 3: CREATE THREE BRAIDS

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Create three separate braided strands and secure the ends with clear elastics. Your braids don’t have to be perfect!

STEP 4: PIN ALL THREE BRAIDS UP

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The final step is to pin the braids upward to create a bun shape. Try wrapping the third braid around the bun for added oomph.

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That’s it, lady — you’re done, just like *that*! Get ready to soak up the sun with this practical and pretty style.

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Hair: Maritza Buelvas
Photography: Jennifer Coffey
Modeling: Willow Star