How To: Messy French Twist

Recognize this photo? It's a look we styled and  put on the blog quite a bit ago... We had a lot of interest in doing a tutorial for this look! We even had it specifically done for OnceWed! It had such a positive response on OnceWed (being the most popular post on their Facebook page! and the tutorial already pinned over 115k times! Thanks for hosting us Emily!) that we just had to keep sharing! So by popular demand, here is the messy french twist tutorial:


  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 (and texture!)
  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. (Don't be shy in this step- it will help you mold your shape!)
  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. (Roll using all four fingers in a circular motion.)
  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 ahead 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. A way to do is: do not open bobby, keep it closed and aim right at the line where your twist ends(where the bobby is located in the last photo above). Weave the bobby pin like you're crocheting or hand sewing into the hair closest to the head to lock in, grab another bobby pin and do the same thing repeating until it feels secure.

The key to this look is to really have a good foundation down. Make the hair gritty and moldable with product. We can't stress this enough. Having "clean" silky hair will not help you with this. If you can't get this down, the possibility of your hair not having enough texture may be the problem.  

UPDATE:  Post has been updated per request. We also made a video with some other helpful tips! You can find it here: How To: French Twist

As always- email us or shoot us a comment if further instructions are needed. :) If you try this, tag and hashtag us at #irrelephantblog we would LOVE to see it!