French Twisted Updo


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I guess technically when I think of a French twist, I think of an updo where all the hair is swept into a big twist on the back of the head – where it’s almost folded into itself and pinned.  But I think these are technically a type of French twist too.  If not – let’s just pretend ok?!

The picture above is one I first posted  on Instagram a couple weeks back & it was a big hit!  (Are you following us yet!?  We’d love it if you did! @babesinhairlandblog) I’d done this on Bee after her swimming lessons because it was so hot and she just wanted her hair up off her neck.  I try to do more than ponytails and such when she wants her hair up so I can give her hair a rest from those.  So this is what we did and it sure turned out pretty if I do say so myself!  It was easier to make a video showing how I did it rather than step-by-step pictures.  So sorry for those of you who don’t like videos as much.

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French Twisted Updo from French Twisted Updo from

French Twisted Updo from

Step 1 – Part hair down the middle

Step 2 – Start at the temple and divide out small section of hair

Step 3 – Divide that section of hair in 2 pieces

Step 4 – Cross bottom piece over the top piece

Step 5 – Add hair into bottom piece and cross it over the top piece

Step 6 – Continue adding hair & crossing/twisting it

Step 7 – Once you reach the nape of the neck stop adding hair

Step 8 – Make a rope braid with remaining hair & secure end with elastic

Step 9 – Repeat on the opposite side

Step 10 – Wind each rope braid up into a loose bun & secure with bobby pins as needed

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And the next day when we took it out, we got some really pretty “beachy waves.”  Because her hair is rather thick, being twisted up like this it was still a bit damp in places when we took it out.  So I’m sure the waves would have been ever tighter if her hair had had a chance to dry completely.


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14 Responses

  1. JBeth says:

    Wow! Her hair is amazing! So long, thick & a beautiful colour!

  2. Alyssa k says:

    Can I do this without parting down the middle? Can I do this without such long hair?

    • The Mom says:

      Certainly. You can part it however you like. I just did it down the middle so both sides would be more symmetric. And yes, I’m sure you can do this with less hair. I’ve done similar things on the other 2 girls who have much less hair & it worked fine.

  3. Air Curler says:

    Good post on the French twisted updo. The pictures are wonderful and the video is great.

  4. Erika says:

    I love it. Looks so complicated but it’s not. I’m trying it on my oldest daughter (6) today for a party we’re going to.

  5. Maria says:

    Love it!!! so beautiful ❤

    What kind of comb do u use I love it and I want it jijiji

    • The Mom says:

      So glad you like this! It turned out fabulous if I do say so myself! I honestly don’t know where I got my comb, but it’s just a typical comb you can buy just about anywhere. It has a bit wider teeth on the end and then on the other end they are closer together.

  6. Maria says:

    Thanks to answer my question.. Love all your hair styles.
    could you make a video tutorial on how to take care of hair pls. 🙂

  7. Callean says:

    Love your blog… and all the hair do’s just found your website yesterday and I was so excited to try this style on my 5 year old, her hair is not near as long so the two twists just got combined once I reached the end rather then in a bun. But she loved it so much she wants me to do it again tomorrow lol. I told her mommy has lot’s of ideas now. Thanks for the video, made it so easy to learn. Wish I knew how to put a pic in the message to share lol. Thanks again for your awesome blog!!!

    • The Mom says:

      I’m so glad you found us & I hope you’ll be able to use lots of our styles. Love that you adapted it to work with the length of hair your daughter has. Some people think if they can’t do exactly the same thing I’ve done they won’t even try. I’m happy your daughter liked it and hope she’ll keep letting you play with her hair. You can totally e-mail me pix or post them on our FB wall if you want to share pictures! Thanks for your kind words & hope you’ll come back often.

  8. Grace says:

    I have done this and several versions before. I love french twist.

  9. Patricia says:

    Did this one on myself and my daughter on our trip to the beach and looooved it. Solved he frizzy beach hair problem.

  10. Michelle says:

    I might try some of these on myself (30 yr old mom)! I have very long hair (to my knees) that is pretty uniform in thickness all the way down, and it is fine and sleek. I love these tutorials!!! 🙂 I think they look so feminine and lovely. Thanks!

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