I love sharing this Upside-Down French Twist hairstyle style because no perfect curls are needed to create this polished look.
It’s a sophisticated work day style while perfectly elegant for a special occasion too. Save this look for when you need an updo to save the day!
What you will need:
1 Ponytail Holder, 3-5 Bobby Pins, Flexible Hold Hairspray
The Tutorial: Upside-Down French Twist
Begin by gathering the top section of your hair and holding it at the crown of your head.
Crown of the head: The curve of your head where to top of your head meets the back of your head.
Twist your gathered hair clockwise, one time. It might not look like a tucked in twist just yet, but as you gather small sections of hair over and under, it will begin to form.
Use your right hand to hold the twist in place as you gather a bit of hair from the left side of your face.
With both hands, wrap it over the twist and tuck it into the twist with another clockwise turn.
Next, use your left hand to hold the twist in place as your right hand gathers a bit of hair from the right side of your face.
Tuck this section under the twist with another clockwise motion.
Continue taking bits of hair from either side this way to create your full twist all the way down.
Once you reach the nape of your neck, secure the twist with a ponytail holder.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect yet!
The finishing details take just a few extra minutes to adjust any loose curls, conceal a cowlick, or tame those flyaway baby hairs that inevitably find their way out.
The best techniques for the finishing details use a few bobby pins and some hairspray.
So, let’s polish up the look!
Hidden Bobby Pins
Without opening the bobby pin, slide it horizontally into the top of your twist. This will keep the twist from unraveling later in the day. Follow up with a few more bobby pins tucked into the length of the twist. You can place them in either horizontally, into the twist or vertically, with the ends facing up into the twist. I usually need an extra pin or two to maneuver some hair over my cowlick.
Pro Tip: A magnetic bracelet can hold your bobby pins for you during styling.
For any hairstyle that requires me to use several bobby pins, I love using my magnetic bracelet to hold my pins. I found mine here on Amazon, though you may be able to find one at a specialty beauty shop or sewing shop as well.
Hook and Tuck
For a few loose curls, try the hook and tuck technique. I have some face framing layers in my hair, so there might be a few shorter curls that fall out of the twist. To help these curls join in, I place a bobby pin at the base of the curl, an inch or two from the ends. Then, I can tuck the curl into the twist with this bobby pin hook.
I never use a brush to smooth down my curls for hairstyles. I just have too many baby hairs that pop right out and no amount of hairspray will keep them straight and slicked down. Instead, I go with the texture, by just spraying hairspray, and gently raking the flyaways back into the curves of my hair. It’s a softer look that doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful. I like to use flexible hold hairsprays, like Kenra 25, for this type of styling. The ends of your hair can then be left as is or you can refresh them for more definition.
To style the look, there are so many elegant hair accessories to cover the ponytail holder.
My favorites are:
– cuffed ponytail holder
– silky ribbon
– organza scrunchie
– silk scrunchie
– bow or tail scrunchie
Still, the most elegant of all, might just be a simple hair wrap to conceal your ponytail holder.
Plus, it will always match your outfit.
Cheers to the curls!