Messy French Twist Tutorial

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Here are a few frames of Martha and the process of her messy French Twist to inspire your next event from Irrelephant. Keep your french twist modern by letting the imperfections fall and letting your natural texture take its course. The key to this look is the texture. Having silky clean hair is not going to do you any favors for this. Make sure the hair has grit but still has movement. I had such a hard time narrowing down a favorite, I’m including the finished hairstyle look on a dark and lighter background. Enjoy!

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Instructions

1. Start by prepping the hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Spray generously and quickly blow dry in cold setting and dry with fingers. We added Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun Finish to the mix to add that airy feel to the ends.

2. Take your comb and start teasing the crown section. Add a little bit of tease to the sides and lightly tease the ends as well.

3. With your fingers, lightly “comb” all the hair back as if you’re about to do a mid pony.

4. Follow through to the ends and start rolling the ends to the direction you want the twist in. We rolled to the left.

5. Keep rolling until you reach the head, this is also the part where you can “poof” out the crown a bit and loosen it up.

6. Now that you have the shape you want, go a head and pin the twist to the rest of the hair. *Pin the bobby’s as if you’re crocheting through the hair so you don’t flatten the twist. Lock it down by spraying.

Photography and Tutorial: Irrelephant

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23 Responses to “Messy French Twist Tutorial”

    • Katy

      I think what they’re trying to say is put the pins “into” the roll, usually at an angle. Instead of laying the pins onto the top of the twist, push them in in the direction that you’ve made the twist. So if you’ve twisted towards the left of your head put the pins in pointing to the right and in and under the twist. Experimenting with pins and putting them in willy nilly usually leads to good results as I’ve found.

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  1. newstome

    Love the look but the tutorial leaves out details for the most important step and the part I tend to have trouble with – pinning it. My Mom used to wear French twists when I was a kid and I always thought she looked so elegant. Glad it’s back – a classic style.

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  2. Ondrea

    Where it says crocheting I think they mean weave it in and out of where you are bobbying so that it doesn’t have a perfectly straight indentation where the bobby is. I find it helpful to also cross the Bobby’s in an x for added security.

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  3. Stephanie

    Your Comment here…Cross the bobby pins when you put them in your hair to stablilize the hold…Someone told me to do that, and boy, was the criss-crossing of the pins on top of each other the way to go! The hold is as solid as a rock when you cross the pins.

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  4. amber smith

    if i may further elaborate on “the missing steps”…
    1. part the hair in front on the left of right (or if you want a sleeker look, pull the front hair past the crown of the head and pin secure using two bobby pins creating an x.)
    2. pull all the hair in the back to one side (kind of like you are going to do a side ponytail)
    3. hold hair to one side securely so you are able to create your base for the twist.
    4 start at the base of your neck in the middle, and going upward place a bobby pin. 4. at the top of that bobby pin., diagonally going up, then place another one. continue these steps criss crossing until you get to the crown of your head. 5. then you can essentially do the large pin curl that the pictures are showing.

    i don’t know if this helped, but i did the best i could do without showing pictures. :)

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  5. yas

    I still can’t visualize how to do the pinning despite further written instruction. Is it possible to show that part in a photo tutorial, it would be incredibly helpful and much appreciated. Thanks!

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  6. Cat

    I love your French twist. I could never pull a more severe look the way that Tippi Hendren did in the Alfred Hitchcock movie.

    But, there are a number of YouTube tutorials and I do find it easier to see each step being done. I’m posting one but, there are many to choose from. Just type in “messy french twist”. Hopefully, this site can do the same thing. I love the simplicity of the look here on this website.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_MzVrUtjQw

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  7. Brenny

    Spray your pins with hair spray before putting them into your new ‘do. This will help them hold your hair better!

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  8. annette

    I think it is very sexy but difficult to do by myself especially as you cannot see what you doing at the back

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  9. Ruth

    Sadly my thick long layered hair refuses to cooperate-I get the messy bit, not so much the bun part…doesn’t last more than 10min even with 20 bobby pins.

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