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!





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.┬áLock it down by spraying.

Photography and Tutorial: Irrelephant

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Comments (51)

ag | Reply

looks great but can anyone further explain the pinning step?

Katy | Reply

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.

newstome | Reply

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.

pip | Reply

Looks great. But how can this be DIY when someone else is putting it up for the model?

LE | Reply

I cant even crochet in front of my head, much less behind my head with bobby pins….

Julie | Reply

Haha. I was thinking the same thing. I dont think I could ever learn how to do this…no matter how much I practice, practice,

Megan | Reply

Looks a lot more difficult to do, cool, gonna try this as well sometime!

Ondrea | Reply

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.

Diamond Bridal Gallery -- Laura | Reply

Lovely style for a variety of brides!

Stephanie | Reply

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.

Larissa | Reply

I wish there was a video.

Mary McLeod | Reply

Hi Larissa,
We’re working on getting more videos up for you!

amber smith | Reply

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. :)

dawn | Reply

Try spiral pins only takes 2!

Flor | Reply

I’m crazy over over this messy french twist!


audrey | Reply

Love, love, love this look!

stephanie | Reply

This looks very pretty!
xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.com)

yas | Reply

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!

Bo | Reply

This needs a video tutorial for the visual learners

Cat | Reply

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.


Abby | Reply

What a gorgeous hairstyle! I love the volume and the shape it takes when you finish it. :)

Brenny | Reply

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

annette | Reply

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

Ruth | Reply

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.

Empress Gran | Reply

I have thick hair, soi use the long pins. I have a fancy little saucer on my vanity. My Bobby Pins are in a single row, with the tips in same direction. Spray tips with hair spray. When you insert pins, put them in upside down. These two tips really holds my hair.

Amayalady | Reply

I love this look ! I’m going to share your post on my french blog ! ;-)

Liana Swedahl | Reply

So great, perfect for the vintage inspired looks!

varsha pandey | Reply

This hairstyle is a classic for long hair but please explain how to pin it up n can I do it my self…n last but not the least?

Sue | Reply

I was a hairdresser in the 70s and 80s. When we did French twists back then, they were smooth and sleek, but you can just as easily make them messy. Pull the hair to the right, then put in a row of Bobby pins slightly right of center, zigzagging them as you go up so that the tips go over the previous pin, which locks them in place. Then start rolling the hair around your fingers toward the left and secure with hairpins inserted so that they go in from the left with the tips facing slightly upward and to the right. We used to bend one side of the hairpin backward so that it kinda worked like a fishhook and couldn’t fall out. That should help keep even heavy, silky hair pinned and in place.

Sarah Chancey | Reply

New favorite do on lock down! love this!!! Can’t wait to try it!

Sarah Chancey | Reply

I tried this last Saturday and it worked great!

Sarah | Reply

Have to try it :)

Wedding Pixie Websites | Reply

This looks so easy must give it a go!

Emma | Reply

Fab look, does require very bendy arms to do it by yourself!

Famzing Photography | Reply

This is really good advice

Curate | Reply

So easy! Thanks for the tutorial.

Laurene | Reply

What a beautiful look, want to try this myself.

Catering Software | Reply

Gorg! I’ll have to try that some time.

Sarah | Reply

Looks great.

Jenny b | Reply

I HAVE to try this. A beautiful look