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



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.



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.



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!).


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.


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!


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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