Hair- Do. A Twist Tutorial

Foreward: You know it's going to be a long post when there is a foreward... People have been asking for a hair tutorial for a long time now and I'm finally posting one. High five. I have no idea why but it was really difficult to get this together. My hairstyles are usually an secret competition (with a dear friend, we're gross like that) to see how many days we can go without washing my hair. I damage it enough with bleach and sun exposure so I try to wash and heat style it as little as possible. Most days I just throw my hair up based on what shape it is when I wake up; sometimes it takes 2 bobby pins and sometimes I need so many bobby pins that I'm a metal head like Taylor Momsen. I will do a post on this kind of hairstyle later but most of my hairstyles always start off with The Twist. I will often wear it out like this but I also just wear it like this at night to give my hair some control and curl when I release it... So easy...


Step 1: The key to this style is that your hair has to be 97% dry. It needs to be a tiny bit damp in order to give your hair curl for any hairstyles you may want to do during following days. But if it's too damp than the curls get too twisty and heavy looking. That 97% is exact science.
Give your hair a loose side part and twist away from the face, taking in hair as the twist goes on.


Step 2: Twist until about half your hair is gathered up. Pin the twist near the top of your head to keep it out of the way. I usually cross my bobby pins to make things secure.


Step 3: Twist the other side of your hair away from the face and gather all remaining hair.


Step 4: Finish the twist and pin into place below the ear.


Step 5: Release the twist that was pinned to the top of the head and nestle it into the crook of the other twist. Pin it. Any loose ends from the twists I pin and hide. I try to keep the ends straight so that when I release it there are no awkward kinks.


Step 6: I usually throw a bobby pin or two in the middle of the twists so they don't slide completely out.


Step 7: Give your hair a little scruffle. I don't like it when my hair is too neat, so I always loosen my hair up a bit. Staring at the mirror soulfully (or in my case the camera) is essential. Try it.


The Result: Neat and in control. And it gives great curls for further styles... as I will demonstrate in my next tutorial.
Sorry it took so long to post this. I hope it was worth the wait?


Fifth Sparrow said...

Definitely worth the wait, I've been loving this hairstyle of yours for so long! I can't wait to try it!

SAMI. said...

that looks too cute! wish i had more hair!


upatreecupatea said...

Such a great tutorial!
I'm going to have to try this tomorrow. I have pretty long hair though, we'll see how it works!

Destined For Now said...

Super cute! I really want to try this out now.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Cool. Wish my hair was longer so I could try this.

ciupa said...

so pretty! thanks so much for sharing.

Glitter Scrubs said...

oh heck yes it was! the how-to hair do, finally! although my hair continues to disappoint me on a daily basis i'm gonna give this a whirl. i have a sinking feeling i'll look like a triangle head in the morning, but i think i can devote 5 minutes to this! looks pretty easy (my famous last words), but the result looks like you spent a considerable amount of time! figuring out what 97% dry is will keep me up all night.

Looks & Books said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I have always been envious of your hair and for some reason, need a step by step visual tour to grasp anything faintly coordinated about doing my hair. I can't wait to try this.

LaToya said...

Great tutorial. Makes me wish I didn't cut my my hair off. Have a great day!


Alex said...

Thanks for sharing your tips with us :) I'll definitely give this a go - just hope my hair isn't too long for it to work properly.

Flora said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm growing my hair out and anything I can do to tuck it away and off my neck is very helpful. And I just bought a couple hundred bobby pins. Time to put those bad boys to work!

briannelee said...

So pretty! My hair is so long... I wonder if I can still do it.

Healthy and Homemade said...

I'll have to try this fanciness! Something different from my every day side pony or bun, blahhhh boring.

Half Dressed said...

Oo it looks great, I'll give this a go sometime :)

L x
Half Dressed

Natasha said...

I randomly tested out your instructions this morning...and I ended up leaving it for the day (well so far) Here's my hair do in all it's glory... http://required2beinspired.blogspot.com/2010/08/one-step-closer.html

Modesty is Pretty said...


LYDIA said...

Thanks for posting this!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! It looks so much easier than I originally thought! I can't wait to try it out :)


20 York Street said...

Yes, yes worth it! Though I'm still unsure I can copy but I'll die trying!

Love love the last photo!



Elaine said...

NICE. Totally trying this.

clothed much, a modest fashion blog

Samantha said...

What an awesome post!! Thank you for a fabulous short hair style! I chopped off my long hair last year and ever since I either wear it down or in a ponytail. I cant wait to try this look out..love it!!


Anonymous said...

Hmmm I wish I still had hair...
This is a really cute look I'm a lil jealous.

p.s. my word verification for the comment is "lickha" that's kinda entertaining, no?

Anonymous said...

I did the Jentine Twist this morning. I still love how it looks. So worth the wait, and how I will wear my hear quite often now. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

The Coastal Chicster said...

this tutorial is awesome! i've been loving your twisty hairdo ever since i discovered your blog! thanks for sharing! :)

Simply Bike said...

This is awesome, Jentine! I need to try this and see if I can do something similar with my long curly hair, it looks so pretty! S.

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