Half up⬆▫Half Down⬇▫ The best way for me to get it right on my own hair is tons of dry shampoo for a nice gritty, dry texture at the roots and fine backbrushing with a boar hair bristle brush before tying it up.
Laura Polko: Braided Top Knot How To Start with a half pony tied up. Braid the pony. Loosen the braid to make it thicker. Take it from the base and wrap it around just like a top knot. As always, loosen it up. Detangle the rest of your hair.