DIY Topsy Tail

By May 1, 20175 Comments

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Who else remembers begging their mom for a Topsy Tail when they were little? If you do not know what I am talking about, then maybe you never caught their flashy infomercials during Saturday morning cartoon binges.

A Topsy Tail was unlike anything else — it was pretty much the magical unicorn of hair tools. If you wanted to be cool, you had to have one. Alas, my childhood dreams were never fulfilled, and I never got a Topsy Tail. Now that I am older I am taking matters in to my own hand, and have created my very own DIY Topsy Tail.

Make your own DIY Topsy Tail and create beautiful hairstyles.

DIY Topsy Tail


  • Coated wire (from any hardware store or amazon)
  • Tape (duct tape, scotch tape, or electrical tape)
  • Scissors

How To Make A DIY Topsy Tail

This is quite simple to make. Simply cut a piece of wire roughly a foot long. Fold it over so that it creates a loop.

Next, take your tape and begin to wrap it around the ends leaving a loop about 3 inches long. Make sure that you wrap the tape tight so that it holds securely.

That is it! You are done, now you need to figure out all the fun hairstyles that you can do with your topsy tail.

DIY Topsy Tail Styles

The first classic look is a pulled through ponytail. It looks elegant, and it is one of my go-to styles for my daughter’s hair when we are in a rush in the morning. Check out the above video for exactly how to transform your regular ponytail.

Turn a simple pony into a fabulous hairstyle!


Another fun look is the 3 in a row twists. This is a little more funky, and looks totally impressive!

Finally, for fancy events this is our favorite. You do the basic pull through pony tail, and then use bobby pins to pin the excess hair up towards the base of the rubber band. It looks like you spent hours perfecting the perfect updo, when really it was mere minutes!

Tuck the end of the hairy in for an instant updo!

Chic never looked so good!

Spray your final look with some hairspray and you will be set for hours! I did this hair on my daughter, but it can be done for every age. In fact, this quick updo is one of my favorites for my own hair!

Use our DIY tool for a quick updo!


About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had two little ones; a 4 year old boy, and a 2 year old little girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.


  • Eva says:

    Love the guide dear, thanks a lot.

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  • It’s wonderful post. Thank you for sharing this with us. I like this post. Beautiful. Many people don’t know about this information.

  • Venu says:

    Nice DIY by Leah. Explained very clearly how to do topsy tail with quality imagery and good articulation. Materials to use are also defined clearly. Hope to see more similar DIY’s from Leah. The video attached is the perfect icing on the cake. Every mom with daughters should read this article. I will spread the word to all relatives.

  • Jane says:

    Really like your DIY, this topsy tail looks nice, keep up the good work.

  • swaloven says:

    Hi Leah Leatherby
    it’s awesome tips for making topsy Oil, it’s very informative post
    but i want to know if my hair was lost then what i do?
    i am waiting your reply
    Thank you