How to do a French twist: Step-by-step guide

Jeanette | 30 June 2016
15 min Style Medium

A step-by-step guide to the elegant French twist.

There’s no doubt that the French twist is a timeless classic. Whether it’s a for prom or a wedding, this hairstyle is an elegant option that makes you look like you’re a permanent resident of the South of France in a flash. But we’re well aware that creating this textured twist can be nerve-wracking for anyone that is less confident hairwise. That said, the French twist is rather easy to achieve. Unconvinced? Just have a look our simple step-by-step guide below.

How to create a chic French twist

1

Spray.

This look is all about volume. So, before you start, wash your hair with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner (290ml, £4.99*) and Shampoo (500ml, £4.99) to create visibly full, voluminous locks. Since this look requires some backcombing, we like to use an oil for nourishment post-wash too.

To start, lift 1-2 inch wide sections of hair and spray with a fine mist hairspray, like the TIGI Catwalk Firm Hold Hair Spray (£16.95*) to help prep and hold your backcombing in the next step.

 

2

Time to tease.

Time to get your teasing comb or brush ready. Gently tease your hair using the comb/brush to create texture and volume. Repeat this process until you’ve teased the top half of your mane. NB: don’t be alarmed by the appearance of your hair at this point! It’s a good sign if it looks big! We’ll deal with the volume in the next step.

 

3

Gather your hair.

Gently gather your hair as if you were about to create a loose ponytail, keeping the top bouffant. Try to be light with your touch (you don’t want to undo all your hard work by flattening your teased hair!).

4

Start to pin.

Begin to pin your hair, placing two crossed bobby pins on the left side and the top. Remember to criss-cross the pins, this will help them remain invisible and create your twist in the next step.

5

Twist and roll.

Now, for the ‘pièce de résistance’, it’s time to create your French twist! Carefully roll the end of your hair into itself – remember to roll it towards the side that you previously pinned. Secure your twist using more bobby pins, and you’re done!

6

Final look.

Editor’s tip: want a more relaxed French twist? Try to leave some tendrils out at the front or think about adding a hair accessory. Using a simple headband can help you achieve a Brigitte Bardot-inspired aesthetic.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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