Most of us are familiar with a French braid, but a French twist is a little less common. This elegant style is perfect for those who crave the beauty of the French braid, but strive for chic and noticeable fashion from head to toe. You have probably seen the French twist before – everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Nicole Richie have been seen rocking it at one point in time.
Although it can be a perfectly prim way to wear your hair, the French twist can also take on an easy breezy or a super mod vibe with tiny tweaks. Good news! This elegant, timeless and versatile hairstyle is also extraordinarily easy to do, and you pretty much only need bobby pins and hairspray, once your hair is all styled.
To start, style your hair as you normally would. It can help to have a slight wave to it, so consider wrapping a couple of sections around a wide curling iron. Gather all of your hair in a low ponytail, but do not secure it with a hair elastic. Twist the ponytail, and as you do, slowly pull it upward so it sits tight against the back of your head. This twisting/lifting motion should create a type of roll against your head.
You might want to practice this motion a few times to get it right, but once you have the twist the way you want it, stick bobby pins into the inside crease and on the top of the roll to secure it.
Variations to try
The bee-hive ‘do. For a retro take on this look, tease the hair at the crown of your head and create a beehive look. Before you start twisting the rest of your hair, separate a one-inch section from the front and use a comb to tease it back. Break up the teased section with your fingers to create a little pillow at the crown of your head. Once you have done this, you can pull the rest of your hair back into the twist. It should look tight on either side and poof up on the top.
The tousled tendrils ‘do. The French twist can also take on a steamy romantic vibe. If your hair is naturally curly, it may already take on this look without your styling it. If your hair is straight or wavy, wrap a few sections in hot rollers before starting the twist. Keep the twist relatively low on the back of your head and allow tendrils to fall out on either side and around your face. You can also take an inch or half-inch curling iron to these strands to give them a little shape.
The prim and proper ‘do. The French twist is known for its prim, elegant look, and there is certainly a time and a place to wear it this way. Once you have finished twisting and pinning the roll of hair, make sure it is slicked back in place with plenty of hairspray. For a super-sleek look perfect for a cocktail party or client meeting, apply some gel to the sides of your hair and brush it back when you gather the hair initially.
Of course, there are hundreds of variations on this hairstyle. Spend some time practicing and you might just find the perfect go-to style to flaunt your best features.