Knotty or Nice

The lovely women behind came up with a great theme for my December post– “Knotty or Nice”. It’s perfect for the holidays and to give you ideas for some new hairstyles! One style is very pretty and simple, and the other is more trendy and formal.

I hope these give you some inspiration!

Knotty Updo

Outfit Info (top) Top: Old Navy; Jewelry: Loft Outlet

The nice half up:

Outfit Info, Top: Old Navy, Sweater: Target, Jewelry: Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry

Happy hairstyling! 

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Comments (59)

  1. Posted December 17, 2011

    KATE! I spent like an hour last night watching hair tutorials and reading blog posts. Your blog sucks me in more than Pinterest!
    Thanks for all the work you do to make them. This one is another great one!!
    Have a great day πŸ™‚

  2. Posted December 17, 2011

    I am in love with your hair! It is totally my dream hair… if only I had the guts to cut mine! I was wondering, I have dark brown hair, but I love the highlights and variation with blonde color that you have. I would like to get highlights in my hair to get some sort of variation, but I want it to look natural and not obvious that I got highlights. Do you have any suggestions?

  3. Posted December 17, 2011

    lurve the necklace with the turtleneck!

  4. Posted December 17, 2011

    Oh, both of these versions are so pretty! Loving the knotted look. πŸ™‚

    • Posted April 24, 2014

      I love both too, you are gorgeous lady. The tutorial is great! I wear buns all the time since I’m always working out and definitely will keep this tutorial in mind. Thank you for posting it! Love from angela – | Hairdressers Sheffield

  5. Posted December 17, 2011

    Haha super cool idea to do ‘knotty or nice’, and I love both these hairstyles! Thanks for your inspiration!

  6. Amy says
    Posted December 17, 2011

    Love your blog, your specific instructions, close up pics … from a girl whose never understood hair but is alwasys told I have great hair. πŸ™‚

  7. Julie S says
    Posted December 17, 2011


  8. Anonymous says
    Posted December 17, 2011

    You are beautiful both inside and out…

  9. Posted December 17, 2011

    You keep coming up with newer and funner (word?) styles!

    Must try… too straight today.

  10. Nicole says
    Posted December 17, 2011

    Wow, I will definitely be doing these on Christmas day! Thank you!

  11. Anonymous says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    Kate…You have inspired me to try different hairstyles…I always had a problem trying to fix my hair different ways..but your tutorials are soooo simple…thanks..

  12. Saimese says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    The updo is beautiful

  13. Traci says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    Love both ‘dos! Oh and I saw that either Grits or Gravy wanted in on the tutorial. πŸ˜‰

  14. Posted December 18, 2011

    I love your hairstyles! I tried the knot half up today and I love it! It was my first time so hopefully I get better at it but its great for a casual sunday baking cookies!

  15. Anonymous says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    Been surfing around looking for good, easy, quick hair tutorials to look different (as my work request so) and found yours. It’s being really helpful for the moment! Thanks for the good tutorials πŸ™‚
    Greeting from Barcelona, Spain πŸ™‚

  16. nina says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    What color/brand lipstick are you wearing in the top picture?

  17. Posted December 18, 2011

    @nina: Sonia Kashuk Soft Pink

  18. Anonymous says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    Just wanted to say thanks for the tutorials. I used one today and had so many compliments on my hair. So Thanks!

  19. Amber says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    You are such a doll! I’m so happy I found your blog, I’ve already done 2 of your hairstyles and always got lots of compliments. So thanks!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next, I’m definitely trying the knotty up do.

  20. Emily D says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    I can’t wait to try this for christmas. My go to hairstyle is just a little messy bun, but his is so much more classy!

  21. Posted December 18, 2011

    Hey Kate! I have super long hair and I have been thinking about getting it cut. I love the length and style of your hair. It just seems so versatile. What would I say to my hairdresser to have it cut like yours?

    Thank you so much! Love your blog!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

    – jen

  22. Anonymous says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    Very nice! You have lovely hair!

  23. Posted December 19, 2011

    Can I just say, you have great bangs! Seriously.

  24. Anonymous says
    Posted December 19, 2011

    I just found your blog & I haven’t been able to get away from screen since. I feel a bit stalkerish! I can’t waite to try some of the styles you’ve posted.

    P.S. goint to pick up some Aquage lifting foam tomorrow!!!

  25. Colleen says
    Posted December 19, 2011

    I loved the “Nice” hairstyle! I’ve done that hairstyle today, and I first tried it on Friday evening. I love your other hairstyles too! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  26. Posted December 20, 2011

    I am leaving the coffee shop right now (where I am watching this) and going home to do this to my hair immediately!!! It’s soooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial. Awesome.

  27. Sarah says
    Posted December 20, 2011

    How do you do this so the bobby pins don’t fall out? I tried it and about an hour later it was drooping.

  28. Melanie says
    Posted December 22, 2011

    Love the knotty style!!! I will have to try it tomorrow!
    I’m not sure if I’ve ever commented before, but I just love your blog and your great tutorials!

  29. speck says
    Posted December 22, 2011

    Although I love the “knotty” post, me being a home decor expert shopper(wink wink)I like the wall hanging and snowman a lot!

    I’m thinking Pier One? πŸ™‚

  30. Tabs says
    Posted December 22, 2011

    I love reading your tutorials about doing hair but is it possible to do a few more that work without bangs or mention when they would work without bangs
    thank you and happy holidays

  31. Anonymous says
    Posted December 24, 2011


    Thank you so much for all of the work you do to help women around the country have beautiful hair! I’ve got thick, curly hair, that is not always the easiest to style (or most fashionable). Thanks for showing me ways to fix my hair and still make it look pretty, and tamed! Much love and appreciation! Wishing you, your family, and friends all the best this holiday season! (I will be spending the holidays with my family sporting the “nice” hairstyle!)

    -Jordan, from O’Fallon, MO

  32. Megan says
    Posted December 24, 2011

    I’m wondering if I could try the updo with just curling my hair with a curling iron first instead of using hot rollers? Thinking of giving it a go tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  33. Brandy says
    Posted December 28, 2011

    Hi Kate, I just want to say I love your blog! I’ve tried to do the knotty style twice now, and it looks good, but I can always see my bobby pins. Any advice?

  34. Posted January 4, 2012

    Thanks for posting this! Tried the “Knotty” updo last night and got compliments all evening. πŸ™‚

  35. Sarah says
    Posted January 6, 2012

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. I have been so bored with my hair and now I am excited to do it and try out these adorable hairstyles! Thank you!

  36. Nita says
    Posted January 9, 2012

    I just found your blog this morning when I was on Pinterest. I have by hair up in the knotty style(sort of:) right now. I love the tutorials. My hair is about the length of yours and I think I can do most of the styles you model. I haven’t worn my hair this long in years and these are great options. My hair is very thick, coarse, wavy and has a lot of body. Most of the styles and tutorials I see are for much longer hair. I’ve finally found hair I can identify with! Your styles are so versatile and forgiving because they don’t have to be perfect. THANK YOU! I will definitely be visiting your site often and recommending it.

  37. Rachel says
    Posted January 9, 2012

    THANK YOU for posting this! I discovered your blog through pinterest…and I’m so very glad I did. Your tutorials are incredible. I am the most uncoordinated person out there, but after watching your incredibly simple tutorials, I felt empowered to try your “nice” (vs Knotty) style this morning. I have longer hair, so I did two of the knots…and I can’t even tell you how many compliments I have received today. THANK YOU KATE! I have recommended your site to everyone that compliments my hair! LOVE IT! (your site and my hair!)

    Your video tutorials are easy to follow,

  38. Posted January 19, 2012

    Super cute!

  39. Posted January 21, 2012

    I love your hairstyle! I had to seriously convince my sister (professional hairstylist) to cut my hair like yours. To my delight she watched your video from pinterest (guilty of repinning). And she went to your blog and found the details of the cut. I have never received so many compliments! I love the versatility of the style. I am not one to have the same look everyday. My new hair and my 100lb weight loss equals……a beautiful new me! Thank you so much for sharing your tutatorials!

  40. Lydia says
    Posted January 25, 2012

    what do you do with the knots if your hair is longer? great blog!

  41. Anonymous says
    Posted January 31, 2012

    Kate, what brand of bobby pins do you use & where do you get them?


  42. Posted February 28, 2012

    You have inspired so many girls out there to try neat hairstyles. Thanks to you, my 12 yr. old girl is giving her natural light blonde hair to Locks of Love, donating 12″! She’s getting it cut like yours, and I’m going to try your color instead of my usual highlights on dishwater blonde hair. Wish us luck! We look forward to more awesome tutorials to inspire us. Thank you again!

  43. Unknown says
    Posted March 2, 2012

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  44. Posted March 2, 2012

    I’ve been using my daughter’s nap times to practice new styles on my hair using your videos. Thank you so much! Last night was the opening of my husbands show and I wanted to look nice for him, so I tried the knotty bun. I got so many compliments! I love your tutorials, they have really helped me feel like I CAN do versatile hairstyles!

  45. Glenda says
    Posted March 15, 2012

    I have always wore my hair short. Your blog has inspired me to let my hair grow and try all the cute styles you have on your blog. I know it will take awhile for it to grow long enough, but I am going to try to talk my little grandaughter into holding still long enough so I can practice on her. She has very long, beautiful hair.

    I will recommend this blog to others. Thank you.

  46. Shannon Walker- Seattle says
    Posted March 21, 2012

    Last weekend my husband and I went on a trip to Florida for his job. We had a casual dinner and a formal/cocktail dinner. I used your tutorials for my hair ideas. For the casual, I did the messy ponytail bun. And for the formal, I did the “nice” knot (above). I received lots of compliments on both. I just love all your hair ideas, thank you!

  47. Anonymous says
    Posted March 23, 2012

    Thanks for the info…I’ve been trying to decide how to wear my hair to an upcoming Ball; now i have sooo many ideas!

  48. Anonymous says
    Posted June 18, 2012

    Shoulder length hair seems to work great for your selected hair styles. I love what you have done but I have mid back length hair and can’t seem to pull off any of the up-do’s. Any suggestions…especially all the bun techniques.

    • Anonymous says
      Posted June 18, 2012

      Above I said mid back, it’s actually past my bra strap.

  49. Anonymous says
    Posted June 24, 2012

    HI KATE!! I am LOVING all of your hairstyles and they look like something I can actually do myself. The one thing I am wondering is if you have any tips for people (like me) whose hair just doesn’t ever seem to want to tease. I’ve had numerous people try to no avail. Is there any special product u recommend as a hair stylist? I’m trying to get some ideas for my wedding for myself and my girls with ALL different hairstyles and lengths! Your blog is helping tremendously!
    Thanks Again!

  50. Anonymous says
    Posted July 5, 2012

    I love your demos. I can actually do my own hair for some of these styles! My hair just doesn’t want to curl. Any ideas? Curling and hot rollers hold for literally seconds or maybe a couple minutes and then it just falls straight.
    Thanks, Tracee

  51. Anonymous says
    Posted July 17, 2012

    I tried this on my three day old hair and it came out great!!! My hair is naturally wavy so all I do to get that beach wave is sleep with my hair wet and I’m able to use all of your updos. They literally only take me two minutes in the morning and I’m off to work. I’ve been getting so many compliments lately on my hair that I wanted to thank you for your great blog, and easy to follow tutorials. =)

  52. Posted July 21, 2012

    Eeek! Tough to do on my medium-thick hair that’s past my shoulders. Sad face πŸ™

  53. Posted August 30, 2012

    You are so classy! I love your updo videos:) I just became a licensed hairdresser recently and I work in boca grande Florida. We do A LOT of destination weddings. Your videos make it simple for a rookie to do a beautiful updo. Thank you so much for sharing.

  54. MarciB says
    Posted November 22, 2012

    Kate…I love your hair tutorials! I am a high school teacher and in charge of the winter formal every year. Last weekend I dressed up and went to style my hair like I do every day for work…then thought I would give your “Knotty” style a shot…it worked first try!!! I loved it and you make it so simple to understand and do by myself! Thank you for sharing your tips and so many cute styles :). I’m addicted to your blog and especially the hair tutorials. I get so tired of fixing my hair exactly the same every day…

  55. Posted May 14, 2013

    I love all of your tutorials, I find myself watching way too much youtube trying to learn them all. Thanks for taking the time to post them!

  56. yarrays says
    Posted July 9, 2013

    I just became a licensed hairdresser recently and I work in boca grande Florida. We do A LOT of destination weddings.

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  57. Posted January 9, 2014

    I love your blog! You have the best hair & hair styling ideas. I wish I could emulate your styles!!! But the best part ~ I’m so glad to hear you are a Christian & that is the most important thing in your life. God bless ya sister!