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French Twist

THE LOOK

This classic hairstyle has been worn by style icons for generations. The French twist, roll, or pleat is a chic updo that’s as easy as twist and pin! The French twist is a sophisticated hairstyle that works from day to night.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes, but you can do this style in your own hair with practice.

ACCESSORIES

The side of the French twist can take any accessory to match your outfit. Try jeweled pins or pin fresh or silk flowers to add a bohemian twist.

TRY THIS

This sophisticated style can be worn sleek and smooth for an elegant evening style, or left loose and messy for a chic daytime style. The French twist is normally worn straight up the back of your head, but it can also be swept to the side for an asymmetrical twist.

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Top : Hairstyling by Ky Wilson/Electric Hairdressing London, photography by Matt Jones Photography.
Bottom : Hairstyling and modeling by Jordan Byers, photography by Tec Petaja.

HOW TO GET IT FRENCH TWIST

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairpins (optional)

1). Brush your hair and gather it into a low ponytail.

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2). Twist the length of your ponytail down and then flip it vertically up.

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3). Fold the end of your ponytail over and tuck the ends inside to form a roll.

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4). Pin the edge of the twist in place with bobby pins. If you have thick hair, use hairpins for a stronger, more secure finish.

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TOP TIP : To keep the French twist in place, angle your bobby pins horizontally. For a secure finish, pin from left to right, twisting the pin 180 degrees so that you catch hair from the top of the twist, and then push the pin underneath the twist.

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