Try on an Updated French Twist

Try on an Updated French Twist

Learn how to do a French twist with this foolproof, step-by-step tutorial.


By: Sarah James

Old-school, stiff and structured French twists are a thing of the past; and luckily, so is all that effort involved in styling one! A simple, slightly messy twist with face-framing wisps is the look right now, and it couldn’t be any easier to create. Here’s how.

1. Be Prepared
Believe it or not, preparing your hair beforehand is by far the most important step for almost any updo. In this case, squeaky clean or silky hair is not your friend. I know what you’re thinking; shiny or silky is usually a positive attribute. But for these styles, it’s ideal to have a little texture so the hair stays in place.

It never hurts to add a little product, either. One great option is a leave-in conditioner, like Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Souffle. Scrunch the mousse into towel-dried locks and blow dry upside down, using a big round brush ­— this technique will create awesome volume and texture.

2. Twist, Twist, Twist
Once you’ve prepped, start the twist by gathering the hair at the nape of the neck. Begin twisting it in one direction until it’s coiled to the ends.

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3. Create the Coil
Pull the hair upward into the back of the head. Follow the natural twist of the hair and start spinning the coil, being careful to tuck the twist underneath and onto the base of the head. Don’t let go!

4. Demure and Secure
You can use all sorts of combs and pins to anchor a French twist. If your hair is bobby pin-friendly, you will only need a few pins to hold the look. If you have thick or uncooperative hair, try a comb specifically made for a French twist. Spritz with a flexible hold hairspray like Herbal Essences Naked Flexible Hold Spritzer to further ensure it won’t move.

5. Tender Tendrils
Without compromising the twist itself, carefully pull some wisps from the temples to ensure an effortless look. You can use your fingers or a rat-tail comb. If they are on the longer end, curl them with a curling iron.

6. Pretty and Polished
If you have a special event to attend, find a vintage-inspired comb to complete the look.

With these tips, an updated French twist is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and 4, 5, 6, for good measure)!



Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” ABC’s “Nightlineand in The New York Times.

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