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How To: Bella's Controversial Twisted Hairstyle

How To: Bella's Controversial Twisted Hairstyle

When I polled about changing looks for family visits, there were tons of comments asking to see this hairstyle that my parents hate so much. Since my mom's also an avid Bella reader, she begged me to share the backstory so I've scanned in a photo from Dec. 2000 for you to see for yourself. Basically, I'd often come home for college's Christmas break like this because I couldn't deal with the blow drying or flat ironing during finals and I wouldn't bother to "do" my hair before the flight either. You see, since my father didn't like it, I knew he'd pay for a blowout once I got home (enter my ulterior motives, wink, wink). If you're thinking of recreating this style (later made more mainstream by Niobe in The Matrix Reloaded), get the tips when you


  1. Starting with wet hair (leave-in conditioner optional), make a part parallel to your hairline from ear to ear. Pull the remaining large section of your hair to the side – you'll focus on the front part.
  2. Using a comb, make several parts perpendicular to the original part creating sections of hair. Twist each small ponytail until it coils on itself and secure with an elastic. This should leave several "knots" in a row.
  3. Divide the remaining section by making another parallel part, then perpendicular parts, and twist (i.e., repeat steps one and two) until all your hair is secured.

The difficulty of creating this style depends on how perfect you'll want the parts to be (I prefer a more free-form, zigzag pattern). At this time, my hair was a couple inches below my shoulders, but I've done it on a pal whose hair barely reached her chin. It can work with long or short hair; you'll just need to make more twists (and spend more time) to keep a smaller, consistent size the longer the hair is. While it's not a look I'd recommend for everyday, it is a great option for camping, hiking or other trips where grooming opportunities are limited.

fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
Why didn't your parents like this style?
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
I haven't done this in a while. I would do it now but it's too cold to be walking around with wet hair and an exposed scalp! Trying to cover my cornrows the other week was bad enough! Lol.
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
yea my mom did this to my hair before when i was looked cute && its even better if you have semi-long hair
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
SO I gave this a go the other day. It took a while to twist my long hair into the knots, and I had trouble securing them properly. They were also very difficult to sleep in and the next day they'd half fallen out. While taking them out I combed my hair and noticed I'd got a huge case of the FRIZZIES! There were no kick ass waves to speak of, all I had was a lions mane. Even the straightener didn't help much. :(
blondey blondey 8 years
I would never wear this style, but to each their own. Then, again, I should scan a pic of MYSELF from the 80's (now THAT was bad - HUGE BLONDE RATTED SPRAYED!) :makeup:
jdmxrain jdmxrain 8 years
No offense but they're your parents. Its not like you're a gangbanger or a drug junkie. You should wear whatever hairstyle you like and your parents need to accept your for who you are. I certainly wouldn't alter a hairstyle for a family member. There is such a thing as personal expression and its your right as a human being to wear what you like especially with the family.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
Love it!!!!
shayela shayela 8 years
@True song: we're lucky enough to have a group of Bellas writing for us (:
arienne arienne 8 years
It's cute! If I tried it with my hair I'd have little frizzies sticking everywhere, but I like it on Bella.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
I've always wanted to do this with my hair but it never seems to turn out for me...
CriticalHit CriticalHit 8 years
Ooh! That style is adorable! I can't imagine why your dad hated it.
sldc sldc 8 years
I think Bella's avatar would be so much prettier with darker eyes and a tan. I think the hair is cute!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I gotta try this over the weekend. :) I reckon it looks awesome! Also Sikozu from Farscape used to have her hair like this on occasion, You'd see her removing them at odd points during the show, like during a firefight.
inksee inksee 8 years
I've had this before but I had to take it out after a few hours because my friend did them too tight. I enjoyed them while I had them though =)
Molly Molly 8 years
Bella you look gorgeous and it always takes some courage to scan in photos from almost 10 years ago! :)
mgomes24 mgomes24 8 years
I like doing this to my hair when I wash it. My hair is way past my shoulders and I normally do bigger twists in the back. In the morning I take them out, and great smooth waves and awesome body... Great break from the blow dryer and flat iron... But my mom does "flip" if I decide to go out in public like that...
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
My parents would flip if I wore my hair like that!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Wow, Bella. I really like that style!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I like it! Just curious, you seem to look a lot different here than you do in your look book pictures, which seem to show a much paler woman...
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
To those posters "offended" by my opinion, I am entitled to it. I think it's more offensive to change one's preferred style to appease parents or anyone else for that matter. I understand age and its mentality (which goes to further how I feel - usually, there are more issues that enhance that mentality). I think Bellasugar posted this story to hold a dialogue about it, not have every poster agree. If her mom's an avid reader, perhaps it'll change her viewpoint on the issue. The twists are cute. There are bigger issues to worry about.
FoxyJo FoxyJo 8 years
I think I will try this and see if my hair gets a nice wave. It would save me sooo much time in the morning and it would be perfect for after the shower! Thanks for the new tip :)
MlleMLT MlleMLT 8 years
BellaSugar you have beautiful eyes! Just curious, are you West Indian? As for the hair, I don't see the problem, especially for a collegian...
nancita nancita 8 years
I'm surprised this works on hair as long as yours was. That is good to know.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
Gwen Stefani does this a lot. I'd like to try it for the waves afterward-a good blow-out break.
ferret ferret 8 years
i love the hairstyle! i hope i can do it :) will try this weekend, hopefully
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