Learning how to French twist: A quick step-by-step tutorial

Master the classic French twist hairstyle in less than 20 minutes!

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The French twist is a classic ‘do that doesn’t require much. Because of the pretty twisted bun at the back (and probably because it’s called a French twist with a capital French), it may seem intimidating, but it’s a hairstyle that you can create in under 15-20 minutes. It’s easy enough to do and it gives you a perfectly put-together look—a great hairstyle choice if you’re running late or feeling lazy, or both. We thought you’d want to give it a try so we’ve got a step-by-step tutorial below to help you create and master this look. 

How to Do a Classic French Twist


Prep your hair

Make sure your hair can stand up to all the pulling and tugging and overall styling. Keep it strong by washing it with TRESemmé Platinum Strength Shampoo and TRESemmé Platinum Strength Conditioner. This salon-quality system repairs up to two years’ worth of damage in just five uses, helping hair reinforce its natural protective barrier and protecting against future damage.


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Use hair mousse

When hair is 50% dry, apply TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse to your hair to push up the body of your hair. Blow dry.



Add volume

Take a section of hair at the crown area and spray the roots with TONI&GUY Sky High Volume Dry Shampoo to build volume and add grip to that part.



Start teasing

Take the same section at the top and tease with a tail comb to add height and texture.


Create a ponytail

Gather all of your hair and put it up in a ponytail, securing it with an elastic at the base of your head. Then, gently pull the elastic about two inches down to allow you to twist the rest of your hair into a bun.



Put your hair up

Twist your hair, put it up, and secure it at the back of your head with bobby pins. Finish with a few spritzes of hairspray to keep it in place, and you’re done!

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French twist for the win!

Just like how they are with fashion, the French really know how to work their hair. And since we’re already on the topic, why not check out the ways you can wear your hair like a true Parisian girl?

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