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French Twist

Definition: French Twist

The French twist is a classic and elegant updo. Hair is gathered at the nape of the neck and then twisted upwards and inwards while gathering more hair from the sides until it reaches the crown of the head. It is secured in place by bobby pins or hair combs along the way.

The French twist has remained a popular hairstyle since the early 1800s. It can be worn tight and tidy or unkempt and messy for a more relaxed look.

To see instructions on how to create a French twist at home,

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  • STEP 1: Tease (or back-comb) the crown of your hair area. Then gather your hair as you would for a low ponytail, but don't secure it with an elastic.
  • STEP 2: Clasp your "ponytail" with one hand and point it upwards. Coil the hair inwards towards your head until your entire ponytail is twisted and lying flush against your head.
  • STEP 3: Using your free hand, secure your hair with hair clips or bobby pins (criss-cross the pins for optimal hold) until you get to the top.
  • STEP 4: You'll have a good amount of hair remaining at the top of the twist. Tuck this hair, facing downward, into the French twist and secure it underneath.
  • STEP 5: If the top is bumpy, that's OK. Gently smooth it out with a boar-bristle brush and then mist your entire head with hairspray.

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haphazardness haphazardness 8 years
I can't do it according to the instructions because my hair is too thick- I can't secure it as a twisted pony tail in one thing. However- it was described in the first part of the post as being done in sections- how does this work? Does anyone know? It might work for those of us having trouble doing it the piece-y way.
haphazardness haphazardness 8 years
I can't do it according to the instructions because my hair is too thick- I can't secure it as a twisted pony tail in one thing.However- it was described in the first part of the post as being done in sections- how does this work? Does anyone know? It might work for those of us having trouble doing it the piece-y way.
chiquita29 chiquita29 8 years
Everytime i've tried doing this type of style myself it doesn't come out right, to lumpy & too many stray hairs sticking out. It's a very classy style for formal events, not that i'm going to any in the near future anyway ;)
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
I coudn't I better search for a video...
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
I coudn'tI better search for a video...
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I've tried to do this hair style a million times, but I can never get it right. It always just looks weird on me and it's always kind of lumpy, lol.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
Thanks Bella!
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
Thanks Bella!
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