That time my mom home made a topsy-tail | WW


alternate title: I did my own do.

I’ve never been a long haired girl. I always say I’m going to grow it out, then I go in for a trim and get it all chopped off. 

I’m combatting that right now by not getting my hair cut. Since last November. That would be about 10 months if you are counting. It’s long and I’m just learning how to do anything with it (I can’t even french braid and I have three daughters).

Baby steps.

But it got me thinking. When my sister and I were younger*, the Topsy Tail was all the rage. Our friends had them. They were on commercials. They were at the store. They were everywhere. We begged and pleaded for one and we never got it. I’m quite certain that little loop of plastic was only like $10. But mom said no way.

topsy tail

She wouldn’t have us go completely without, however. Instead she took a wire clothes hanger, bent it into the shape, wrapped it into a loop and secured it with masking tape. It was so close to being the real thing. Right until you tried to use it.

You were supposed to effortlessly slide that point end through a ponytail. Instead the end of the wire was jagged and pulled your hair while stabbing you in the head. If you endured, and were able to push it through, the tape stuck to your hair and pulled even more out. But, you persevered because gosh darn it, you wanted that flippy disguised ponytail. So you pushed your ponytail through the loop and yanked it down, tape, sharp wire and all and got it done. So much fun.

My mom. She really loves us. (I now predict I will be getting a Topsy Tail in the mail very soon!)

So, I digressed a tad.

But, I learned that you really don’t need that little plastic thingy. Maybe I’m saying mom was right? You can just do it with your hands. I did it all by myself when I met Tiana and got many compliments. Which either means it looked good, or people didn’t know what else to say, so they complimented because their mom said they had to say something nice.

I'm a princess with Tiana! My girls are going to be jealous. #disneyniteatl

And then somebody posted their twisty bangs on instagram (I’m @SeriousKrystyn), and I was like. I want that. Talk to me like I’m three because I don’t know how to do my hair. (Seriously, took me until college to learn how to flat iron my hair). While I was impatiently waiting for directions for a toddler, I turned to youtube, found a tutorial and did it myself. Not too bad, right?

twist close up

And now that I know how to do it, I’m rocking it way too often. Even though it’s for short bangs. Even though I don’t know how to tuck it behind my ear. Even though nobody else cares. 

Most recently, I’m rocking the bang twists with a low-side bun. Because that’s how I roll.

Watch out world. I might learn how to do a french braid before my kids don’t want one anymore.

*Really hoping that all of my readers know what this is. If you don’t, please pretend. I don’t need to feel that old!


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  1. I just laughed so hard I cried! I remember mom’s invention! Too funny! I’m not good at styling my hair either….your twist looks great. I can’t wait to see it with the low side bun. That’s so fancy and sophisticated!!! I can’t French braid either. That’s why there are grandmas!

  2. I can teach you to French braid. My talents are wasted on my baldish baby.

  3. Oooo! That is cute! I don’t know how to do much with my hair either. I should learn that one, if it’s not too hard. 🙂

  4. Gramy Lura says:

    Good for you. I can’t French braid well but I try from time to time with Claire. I wish I knew how to do it better. Your hair looks cute. I’m proud of you…. and if I could find one of those hair things I would send it to you. Hugs, Lura

    1. Glad to know I’m not alone in my lack of french braid skills!

  5. I CAN NOT french braid! I remember doing the topsy tail a time or two! 🙂

  6. pat chance says:

    love the new twist – its’ for short bangs? now that i have a few bangs there are times I want them off my forehead, especially when working out. I am going to have to you tube to see.
    your mother has ingenuity and that’s all I am going to say about that.

  7. Anti-Supermom says:

    I can’t do girls’ hair… this punk preteen boy made fun of Edy’s side-ponytail this weekend, he was like ‘hee-hee, cute hair, one ponytail, huh?’

    I about punched him in the face (not really)

    Hair is just not my thing, us non-hair people need to stick together 🙂

    1. Yes, we definitely need to.

      But, silly punk preteen…the side-ponytail is totally in. He’s clueless.

  8. i want twisty bangs!! how cute are they??

    i don’t actually have bangs. hmmmm.

  9. I totally used to stick a pencil through my ponytail to make my own topsy tail. And now I wish I had long enough hair to do it again…

  10. mrs. hils says:

    Your hair was way cuter than Tiana’s. It looked even better when lit up by flashing ice cubes!

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