Twist updo: 2 tutorials to help you create the look

The perfect hair update for die-hard bun fans.

Happy redhead with twist updo hairstyle



Tired of your basic bun, or the classic chignon? Here at All Things Hair, we’re constantly looking for interesting ways to bring you simple and pretty updates on fail-safe ‘dos to help stop hair boredom in its tracks. Enter: twist updo hairstyles.

All these fun hairstyles require are a bit of twisting and a few handy bobby pins. Dying to know how to create this pretty updo yet? Then keep scrolling to discover our foolproof tutorial that’ll help you achieve a twist updo at home.

Twist updo: Tutorial 1



Create parting.

Start by creating a side parting using the tip of your comb. Then create two sections of hair at the front, using hair clips to help keep them sectioned off.

Redheaded model sectioning hair for her twist updo

Create a half-up ponytail.

Next, divide the larger section of hair into two and create a half-up ponytail, securing it with a hairband.

Repeat this process on the other side.

a woman tying up her long brunette hair

Divide hair into two sections.

Then using your hands, roughly divide your hair evenly into two sections.

The back view of redheaded model parting half-up ponytail into two for a twist updo

Twist hair.

Starting with the left-hand side divide your section of hair into two parts and twist to create a rope braid. When you get to the end of your braid, secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic band.

The side view of a redheaded model creating a rope braid

Create your twist updo.

Wrap and twist your rope twist around your hand, then pin. Repeat on the other side to create a twisted bun.

Release the two sections of hair that we clipped out of the way at the beginning of the tutorial and split each section into two, to create a simple twist. Draw the twist towards the back of your head and discreetly pin above your twisted bun.

a twisted updo woman doing her hair

Final look.

Finally, finish off your twist updo with a generous spray of the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray and you’re done!

Redhead model with finished twist updo


Twist updo: Tutorial 2



Before you start this simple updo, wash your hair with the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo (400ml, £3.69*) and the Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner (350ml, £3.69*). This wash and care system moisturises, conditions and helps to restore your hair’s strength against breakage. Not to mention it’s a great treatment for nourishing dry, damaged hair. Once your hair is clean, apply the VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Crème (£3.99*) to your mid lengths and ends to help smooth frizz-prone tresses.

a cute blonde woman on the purple background

Divide your hair.

Using the tip of your comb, divide your mane into 3 equal sections. You can use section clips to help keep your sections separate.

ombre hair woman split her long hair

Twist the middle section.

Twist the middle section of your hair, making sure to hold the top of your twist with one hand while you twist the entire length.

a woman twisted her long blonde hair

Create a twisted bun.

Keep a hold of your twist near the nape of your neck and gently wrap it around to create figure eight-shaped bun.

a woman tying up her long blonde hair

Secure the bun.

Once you have created your first twisted bun, use bobby pins to discreetly secure it in place.

a woman making a twisted bun

Repeat the twist.

Once you have finished creating your middle twisted bun, repeat the process again on the two outer sections of hair you clipped away earlier.

a woman making twisted bun hair

Final look:

Once you’ve created your 3 twisted buns, finish off your simple updo with a generous mist of the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (500ml, £4.99*), which is fast-drying, non-sticky, and can also help control pesky flyaways and style-destroying frizz. Ta-dah! Your simple updo is complete!

a rear view of twisted bun woman on the purple background


Did you enjoy creating these twist updo hairstyles? Don’t miss out on our other how-tos! Check out our other easy-to-follow tutorials, here.

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