Easy Steps in Creating a Half Updo with French Twist

Get salon-quality styling at home with these easy steps on copping the half updo with French twist!

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Asian woman with half updo with French twist wearing a light blue polo

Looking for an elegant way to style your hair? This half updo with French twist is the way to go! This hairstyle suits special occasions—may it be a date night or even a wedding. It’s simple and sophisticated. It’s also easy to create on your own so you don’t need to go to the salon. Ready to try this ‘do? We’re breaking down the easy steps on how you can do this by yourself, plus the products you’ll need along the way.

How to Create a Half Updo with French Twist


Wash your hair

It all begins with proper hair prep. For this hairdo, we recommend using TRESemmé Detox & Nourish Shampoo and TRESemmé Detox & Nourish Conditioner. This combo can help repair any damage on your hair caused by frequent styling. The combined formula helps make your hair softer and easier to manage as you go about styling it.

Asian girl wearing a blue top is holding a bottle of shampoo to prepare for making her half up half down French twist

Start with the updo

Start off by brushing your hair back using a wet brush, and then proceed to gather the upper part in a half updo. Then, separate a small portion of the updo and tie the left side only using an elastic.

girl is holding a brush to gather her hair into a half ponytail

Cross your hair

Gather the right portion of your hair once again and cross it over the tied left portion of your half updo. Secure it by pinning it to the back of the elastic. Use as many bobby pins as needed.

girl with long hair is crossing the right part of her hair to make the half up half down French twist

Tidy up

You’re almost done! Now it’s time to tidy things up using TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hair Spray. As you spritz it all over the updo, use a tail end comb and lightly comb through it to keep the strands in place and the updo intact. After using the hair spray, use maybe 1 or 2 more bobby pins to secure the French twist even more.

If you want to make this look even more elegant, you can also use a curling iron to add some soft waves to the rest of your hair. You can also loosen up a few strands from the top of your hair and let them frame your face for a more relaxed look.


girl wearing a blue top spraying hairspray on her hair to complete her half up half do French twist


Now, you can jazz up your regular half up hairstyle and add a (literal) twist. This half updo with French twist hairstyle is so easy to do that you can even finish it in 5 or 10 minutes. It’s also versatile—you can wear it at work or on weekends when you want to look casual but chic. 

Back shot of an Asian woman with half updo with French twist




Other French twist hairstyles that are easy to do

The half updo French twist is one elegant hairstyle that you can wear anytime, anywhere. But there are also other variations that are equally nice and easy to do. Check out these other types of French twist.

1. Half Updo Twist

girl is facing to the side to show off her half updo French twist
Want something elegant and stylish? This hairstyle is perfect! Credit: Shutterstock

Do you want to turn any ordinary hair day into a great hair day? Then, try this half updo twist which can be worn anytime, anywhere. Just make braid-like strokes from the top of the hair, running halfway down your hair’s length. Secure with bobby pins and let a few strands fall freely for a more casual look.

2. Hidden French Twist

a blonde girl's back is to the camera while another person is making her French twist hairstyle
This hairstyle suits formal parties and dressy occasions. Credit: Shutterstock

The main strokes used are twisting and securing the strands in place. Just make sure to leave some loose strands to make you look more relaxed.

Editor’s tip: This hairstyle works well with voluminous hair. You can achieve that by using TONI&GUY Matte Texture Dry Shampoo before styling your hair. You don’t even have to wet your hair as it is a dry shampoo so you can use it anytime!

3. French twist rolled into a bun

a girl's head is featured with her French twist updo
This hairstyle is perfect for the hot summer temperatures. Credit: Shutterstock

To create this French twist updo, start by making twists out of the top section of your hair, working your way to the tips. Then, take it and roll it into a bun, securing it with bobby pins. Don’t worry if there are loose strands as this adds to the messy finish of the hairstyle.

4. Reverse French Twist with a Top Bun

a girl with black hair wearing her hair in a nice reverse French twist updo
Try something unique with this hairstyle! Credit: Shutterstock

This reverse French twist with a top bun is definitely going to turn admiring eyes toward you. You can achieve it by bending forward and letting your hair down. Then, start the French twist from your nape, working your way up to the top of your head. Turn the remaining length into a bun to complete the style!

5. French twist with a middle part

a girl holding a phone and her hand leaning on a car door is wearing a white top and a French twist updo
It’s an elegantly messy hairstyle that fits the busy working girl. Credit: Shutterstock

This messy hairstyle is perfect, especially if you are always on the go. You can achieve this by gathering your hair into a ponytail, then, twisting it up to create the French twist. Secure your hair with bobby pins and you’re ready to conquer the world!

With all these hairstyles in mind, you can experiment with various looks while incorporating the classic French twist. Have fun!