If you’re visiting from Pinterest or somewhere else out there, welcome!  My name is Abby and I have a huge love affair with hair.  I’m a stay at home mom to a toddler and baby and this is sort of my place to be creative and share my style.  Make sure to follow me on YouTube (we just reached over 100K subscribers!!) and instagram @twistmepretty to stay up to date on all my new tutorials!  You can also check out the style gallery here, or my hairstyle book here.
I just about died when I figured out this hairstyle.  Have you guys seen the celtic knot headbands?  They are kind of adorable.  I was attempting to make one for Savy out of an old T-shirt and I thought… this would be so cute as a hairstyle!  Lightbulb.  On.  Bright and burning.
Once you learn the knot, it’s knot hard… hahaha get it… knot hard?!  haaaha oh geese.  If your knot familiar with the knot go ahead and practicing on some shoe strings.  Just remember that when you’re doing this on yourself your hands will be flipped around so just familiarize yourself with the knot and knot the way your holding the strings.  baahaaha, sorry I just couldn’t help myself!
The Celtic Knot Tutorial

Prep- I used this technique to curl my hair and because I had just washed it I sprayed some dry shampoo all over to give my hair a dirtier texture.  Help the style hold, ya know?

>>>1 Take a chunk of hair from the left side.  I’m just now realizing that these pictures might be backwards.  I’m left handed… sooo… if you’re not you might need to flip these images around in your head ha ha!  Sorry ’bout that.

>>2 Wrap your hair up and over your two fingers from your opposite hand

>>>> 3 Continue wrapping
>>> 4 Pay attention to my left hand and how I’m holding the strand of hair.  It’s important that your fingers look like mine and that you’re holding your loop exactly like I am.  Sorry folks, there’s only one right way to do this style :-)

>> 5 While holding that loop you’re going to grab another section of hair from the opposite side
>>> 6 Add that section of hair in between your pinky and your ring finger

>>>> 7 Now you’re going to tilt your hand so that you can reach that strand that’s being held in between your pinky and ring finger with your other hand.  As you can see from the picture you’re going to pull that strand of hair underneath the first section of hair

>> 8 Now pull up on that section of hair to tighten the hair around your face.  During that little grab and pull move your hair might have become loose up front

>>> 9 You’re going to need another pair of hands.  I’ve used a duck bill clip to help me out.  Place it right in front of the loop
>> 10 Now you’ll have two hands to work with.  Plus I’m sure your arm was getting tired.  Am I right?!  So that strand is going to go over the top of the circle and through the loop
(I’ll be using the word circle and loop interchangeably)
>>>> 11 See the strand going through the loop?
>> 12 Next you’re going to push the strand of hair under the right section of hair and it’s going to come out the bottom

>>> 13 Now you need to find wherever the bottom of your loop is and pull the strand up, over and through the bottom of the loop/circle

>> 14 Once you’ve pulled that strand all the way through it should resemble something similar to step 14.  If it doesn’t, try again.  It took me a good five or six times to get it right.  Once you have that last step looking something similar to mine go ahead and fiddle around with the pieces of hair.  You can loosen the knot to make it look fuller and you can also tighten it just a bit so that the pieces in the front aren’t too loose and baggy.  Make sense?  If that strand on the right is poking out go ahead and insert a bobby pin underneath it to tuck it back and secure the knot.

It might help you to try this hairstyle when your hair is wet.  I didn’t use any product to smooth down fly aways.  I kind of like the messier bohemian look.

Is this seriously knot the cutest hairstyle ever?  hahaha oh my gosh, I cannot help myself right now!  Thing is it only takes a couple of minutes and people are like… whoa what?  How in the world did you do that?!  It’s the best.  So go ahead and practice while you’re watching tv and I promise you’ll get it in no time!

And as always, if you love this hairstyle help me share it by pinning it to one of your beauty boards!

** update ** A video has been highly requested but I’ve since chopped my hair and can’t do this style.  As soon as it grows out this will be the first video I do :)

This Post Has 101 Comments

  1. Christy

    Love this! Quick question though – is it true that the section of hair that you pull from the left side (that you use to form the original loop) doesn’t actually get twisted or knotted anywhere? It just kind of hangs out and that chunk from the right side that weaves around everything and gets knotted?

    Just want to make sure I’m following before I tackle this one – I love it though; it’s beautiful.


    1. Abby

      It’s actually the new Nicole nailpolish by OPI. I got it at smiths and I thiiinkkk it’s one of the only reds right now… like hot tamale or something? ha ha I’ll check and get back to you!

  2. Stacey J

    This is an amazing hairstyle, but I tried to do it on my hair, and then with shoelaces and it just wasn’t working for me… I started to struggle around step 7 and then it just got progressively worse by the time I got to 11 I was pretty much off. Would it be possible to make a diagram or something? It looks so pretty I want to get it right! :)

    1. Abby

      So the strand that you put in your pinky is going to go underneath that chunk of hair you just made a loop with… You’ll need to grab it with your other hand. So as you can see in step 7 my right hand is reaching underneath the hair that’s being pulled back to grab that piece of hair… make sense? Video coming soon!

    1. Abby

      Okay so once you’ve put the strand underneath that section of hair in step 12 (it’s the hair that’s pulling back from the front of your face if that helps) you’ll need to find the loop. It could be anywhere at this point. Find the loop and then that strand goes up inside and through the loop. Then you’ll just take out the clip and pull on both strands. Does that help? That’s actually the step that I couldn’t figure out for forever either and I was like, this stupid hairstyle is never going to work!! You’ve got to find that loop and pull the strand up through the loop. Does that help? I’m thinking a video is coming soon!

  3. Nicole Pacheco

    oh my heck are you kidding? BEAUTIFUL! So, I am a hair stylist and am great at doing this stuff to other people, but when it comes to my own hair… can’t do it at all. Ever. haha. Even when i see these tutorials I try and fail miserably! So cute though, love love it!

    Xo. Nicole

  4. Christelle Rennie

    Ok, I absolutely love this but you lose me at step 13 I think! I really want to be able to do this! I have a baby girl and I want to be a pro by the time she has enough hair! lol

  5. Lisa Bradshaw

    the strand at 10 has to go through the open loop at 11, then behind the flat-against -the-head strands we see on the right (her left, back) at 12 then that tip is pulled through the bottom of the same open loop,at 13, which finishes the knot.

  6. Wade Gadsby

    ok, if step 13 said something along the lines of grab the end of the hair that's just been pulled through in step 12 and then poke it back through the loop, Abby's "Up and over bottom of circle" could also be stated as poke it through from the back (close to the scalp) and then feed it through, out and away from the scalp.

    I also found that if you haven't done step 4 exactly right that you may need to add another step after this which is grab the left hand strand now (the one that hasn't been used yet) and poke it under the chunk of hair that has come from the left hand side. This completed the knot for the Mrs anyways :-)

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    1. Abby

      Mirjam, it’s a really hard haistyle, don’t get yourself down! Have you tried it on someone else? Try doing the knot with some string and really familiarize yourself with it. Once you know how to tie the knot, then experiment on your hair!

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  9. Loan N

    great tutorial! my first attempt was a hot mess but when I looked back at your pictures, realized I messed up a step. 2nd try worked perfectly! thanks so much for figuring it out & sharing with us!

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  29. Kitty

    I love this, is there any way you can post a video that would be a lot more helpfull and how do you come up with these awesome ideas,I told my friends all about this site they thought it was amazing I found it hard to do it just by picture

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  31. Clare

    Hi, I found step 12 to be misleading as the strand has to go from top to bottom (downwards) but the picture says under and through which makes it sound like it goes upwards. I figured it out with ribbons anyway, now on my own hair it will take some practice I think. Thanks for a great hairstyle!

  32. Clare

    I’m really struggling with step 7. Even when I twist my hand so my pinky is underneath I just don’t seem to be able to reach it with the other hand without either one of my hands going under as well which results in everything falling apart. I know how to do it (I can do it with ribbons) but just can’t do it in reality. I’ve tried well over 10 times and also tried to use a topsy tail too but that just made it even more fiddly. Any tips?

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    1. Abby

      I cut my hair shortly after and have been waiting for the sides to grow out long enough to do it! It’s almost there so I’ll put together a tutorial in the next little while!

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