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SilverLocks
October 4th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Here's another, all-inclusive style of the month for October, the French Twist. Twist away!

little_acorn
October 6th, 2010, 02:16 AM
Woohoo I'm first :D

French twist with wet hair held up by my Bijoux Manoel oak leaf pin (and a hidden amish pin or two)

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/little_acorn/IMG_0931.jpg

luxepiggy
October 6th, 2010, 08:24 PM
Waah, I wish I could do a french twist. I haven't figured out how to make one with my can-I-call-this-tailbone-length-yet hair.

I double mine back over itself, then secure the remaining "tail" around the finished twist with hair pins (^(oo)^)

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6020&pictureid=84532

Beets
October 6th, 2010, 08:35 PM
Luxepiggy, that's a good idea. It would prevent my fatty fat Razorback of a French Twist. I'm totally trying it.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5058233287_75408baf9b_m.jpg

LittleAcorn, the twist looks lovely. Your hair, the fork, and your earrings, too!

ETA: OK, I tried it with the tail out and then tucked in the bottom. (Does this still count as a French Twist? It looks so very different.) It's kind of hard to tell what's going on below, but I made the beginning of the twist off-center so that when I wrapped the tail back around, it would create a roughly centered shape overall as viewed from the back.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5058388869_70015bfe7c_m.jpg

saskia_madding
October 6th, 2010, 09:42 PM
I have never gotten the hang of this style. It always ends up looking just like I log rolled it and pinned it to my head. :(

Spike
October 6th, 2010, 11:13 PM
I have never gotten the hang of this style. It always ends up looking just like I log rolled it and pinned it to my head. :(


Ditto, ditto! Halp!!!

Teazel
October 6th, 2010, 11:14 PM
I can still manage to stuff all my hair into a french twist, but it looks supremely silly. :silly: So it's better if I pile the excess length on top of my head in a bun, thus:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=583&pictureid=21130

little_acorn
October 7th, 2010, 12:04 AM
Very pretty Piggy - that has to be the sleekest twist I've ever seen :)

Beets gorgeous twist and thanks for the lovely comments :)

Teazel - love it, your hair is just stunning :flower:

Thanks Shany :D

Beets
October 7th, 2010, 07:48 AM
Oooo! Teazel, that's a good idea, too! It looks quite fancy.

luxepiggy
October 7th, 2010, 07:58 AM
Very pretty Piggy - that has to be the sleekest twist I've ever seen :)



Why thank you! (^(oo)^)v


Luxepiggy, that's a good idea. It would prevent my fatty fat Razorback of a French Twist. I'm totally trying it.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5058233287_75408baf9b_m.jpg

LittleAcorn, the twist looks lovely. Your hair, the fork, and your earrings, too!

ETA: OK, I tried it with the tail out and then tucked in the bottom. (Does this still count as a French Twist? It looks so very different.) It's kind of hard to tell what's going on below, but I made the beginning of the twist off-center so that when I wrapped the tail back around, it would create a roughly centered shape overall as viewed from the back.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5058388869_70015bfe7c_m.jpg

That's gorgeous! I say you get naming rights on a new updo! (^(oo)^)v

I think the way you did it was a little different from mine - I usually twist upwards like a normal French Twist, then near the top of my head, I fold the entire roll over so the tail comes out the bottom, like this:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6020&pictureid=84533

Then I pin the remainder up along the left side of the twist, over the top and down the right side (^(oo)^)v

Mirsha
October 7th, 2010, 08:15 AM
This is the closest I get to a French twist.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v43/No-Eyes/L1050285.jpg
Yes, I started twisting from the top. :P

Fiordiligi
October 7th, 2010, 08:34 AM
I've always had terrible problems over the years with French twists (please, can I call it a pleat? I can't help being English :)). I have a section of very fine and rather sparse hair on my hairline and crown, and when I try to spread the hair up the twist, my front hair always puffs up in an absurd fashion which looks just awful on thin hair, let me assure you. Unless I hold it very tightly indeed, and then it's still a bit hit-or-miss, and too severe if by chance it does work.

Anyway, I think I'm getting somewhere by using a couple of hairgrips (aka bobby pins!) to pin back a very, very small half-up made of only the very front section of my hair, and pinning this as low as possible so it will be covered by the pleat. So far I'm getting better at it. I'll try to take a picture if I ever manage the proper soigné look.

Anyone else have the same problem and any alternative solutions?

luxepiggy
October 7th, 2010, 09:00 AM
I have never gotten the hang of this style. It always ends up looking just like I log rolled it and pinned it to my head. :(


Ditto, ditto! Halp!!!

The trick is to hold the hair up as close to your head as possible, then keep rolling to get additional hair to wrap around the original roll. If you roll clockwise to begin with, you'll need to be rolling hair from the right side of your head over the roll to the left. If you roll counterclockwise at the start, roll from the left side of your head over to the right (^(oo)^)


I've always had terrible problems over the years with French twists (please, can I call it a pleat? I can't help being English :)). I have a section of very fine and rather sparse hair on my hairline and crown, and when I try to spread the hair up the twist, my front hair always puffs up in an absurd fashion which looks just awful on thin hair, let me assure you. Unless I hold it very tightly indeed, and then it's still a bit hit-or-miss, and too severe if by chance it does work.

Anyway, I think I'm getting somewhere by using a couple of hairgrips (aka bobby pins!) to pin back a very, very small half-up made of only the very front section of my hair, and pinning this as low as possible so it will be covered by the pleat. So far I'm getting better at it. I'll try to take a picture if I ever manage the proper soigné look.

Anyone else have the same problem and any alternative solutions?

My hair does the same thing. (^(oo)^) Try pulling the puffed-up part all the way across the top of the twist to the opposite side & tucking it underneath the roll before you secure it.

rhosyn_du
October 7th, 2010, 04:28 PM
For those of you with long, thick hair, how do you both twist the hair close enough to your head to get it to do the french twist thing and leave enough room under the twist for all of your leftover length? I've tried many different variations on doing this style at my current length, and I always either end up with a really messy log roll or a twist that's only big enough to get halfway around the remainder of my length.

eamane
October 7th, 2010, 10:51 PM
I've tried this so many times but I just can't get it right! On occasion I get it decent but never quite right. I have to try it "the luxepiggy-way" ;) I think all of you looks great :)

Sundial
October 8th, 2010, 01:09 AM
Yay! Finally a Hairstyle of the Month which I can contribute to (and is able to do):


http://tinypic.com/r/2a5irmb/7
French Twist with Evita Peroni Comb

rags
October 10th, 2010, 04:12 PM
Here is one of mine - the comb isn't quite all the way in, though. :p

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2337&pictureid=56425

Firegarnet
October 10th, 2010, 06:40 PM
Here's my attempt. I chose Hypnotica's Romantic French Twist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RykFHb_cJ6o) because the top part never looks good otherwise (I know, I just need to practice more). It's held up by a large black Ficcare (and nothing else--no other pins).
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4712&pictureid=85417

Feels more comfortable than I had thought it would. Another great style for the Ficcare (for me, my hair, at current length).

mwedzi
October 10th, 2010, 09:14 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/mwedzi/hair%20-%20part%202/frenchrolltwists-vi.jpg

CrisDee
October 11th, 2010, 06:29 AM
OOH, ooh, I can do this one! Well with a boatload of airplane glue in my hair cos it's still so @*%#$ short...

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5812&pictureid=75957

Ramona_Fosca
October 11th, 2010, 07:35 AM
Here's my contribution, along with some tips I've found helpful:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4160&pictureid=65786

Try various versions, there's many instructions around.

If you find you could do the French twist yesterday but cannot get it right today, try another method. When I had reached the point where I needed to fold twice I had to change how I do it.

Try various options of securing it. I used to be able to secure it vertically with one or two sticks, now I do better with a comb or pins to be inserted horizontally.

Try fixing the infamous "bump" with a bobby pin inserted from straight above. You might want to try starting with a high ponytail and folding down instead of gathering the hair at the nape and folding up. This has helped me a lot in overcoming the "bump".

Alvrodul
October 11th, 2010, 10:52 AM
My contribution!
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5879&pictureid=85436

The first time I have ever managed to get a really successful french twist was on Saturday - I wore my hair like that all day, and it held like a rock! Whenever I tried it before, it always fell apart - probably because of the hairpins I used, which would get all bent out of shape when confronted with an actual updo! :(
I have used three hairpins from Bijoux Manoel, and a couple of Amish pins - and they are doing their job! :D

hmmm
October 11th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Here's my picture... you can see the kind of weird things I had to do to get a picture at this angle!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4885&pictureid=77478

liagibba
October 11th, 2010, 09:14 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/liagibba/5074021352/

Here's mine! Kinda sideways, secured by about 5 bobby pins.

ooo
October 12th, 2010, 07:17 AM
Today is a bad day for the french twist. I think I did better ones in the past few weeks. I don't think you can call this a french twist at all. Thought It's really secure.

http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/quallest/PA120001.jpg

dfotw
October 12th, 2010, 07:26 AM
OMG, Ramona Fosca, thankyousoverymuch! Your tips were invaluable! :flowers:

This is my first ever successful French Twist! I'm so happy! (alright, it's lumpy and you can see a bit of one of the wavelength pins, and I have frizz, but still! French Twist! It holds! :happydance:)

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/991/day48silvercomb.jpg

cm006j
October 14th, 2010, 09:04 AM
I'm having trouble getting a good picture...
But it doesn't matter because as usual I can't figure out how to get the picture to even show up here! So frustrating!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftycarolyn/5080676351/in/photostream/

Immera
October 15th, 2010, 06:15 PM
hmm. This one isn't going so well for me. I have tried several different methods from franny to hynotica -- nothing is particularly successful.
I haven't given up just yet. I can't seem to avoid conehead syndrome at the top, or it slides south and falls horizontally. Nothing has felt secure or looked neat enough to be worth posting. Definately nothing I can try to leave the house in or wear to work. Have ended up with some tangles and fights with combs that are probably defeating the purpose of "protective" hair styling.
I didn't think I would struggle so much with this. (I have, I'm a pretty stubborn person) This might be out of my league. I might sit this month out. Here's hoping November's pick goes smoother. And applauding those who have managed to wrestle with this one.

birthmarkie
October 17th, 2010, 01:05 PM
Lovely twists, everyone! I think a french twist is so pretty, but it's a temperamental style :rolleyes: I updated my avatar to a picture of a french twist from last year. I didn't manage to tuck the very ends in as you can see :o There is also a picture of my french twist variation (the length of hair is twisted into a cinnamon bun at the crown and pinned) in my album (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=4883&pictureid=75518). I recently bought a french twist comb, but haven't become proficient with it yet :ponder: I guess I have two more weeks to try! ;)

bluesnowflake
October 17th, 2010, 01:46 PM
I can't do one anymore with my waist length hair- the ends stick out and I can't tuck them back in or it gets huge.

GeoJ
October 19th, 2010, 01:08 PM
Here's mine, with a bun at the top:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6480&pictureid=86168

Gabriel
October 19th, 2010, 08:36 PM
This is a least favorite style for me but I have a somewhat french twist style from January I did.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4001&pictureid=62121

sparkle'n'bling
October 20th, 2010, 07:42 PM
How does one do the bun at the top? Been completely unable to make this style work for me so far.

Hotrox
October 20th, 2010, 10:29 PM
Everyone's twists are gorgeous, mine is bit small in comparison - but I am just super happy to be able to enter my first hair style challenge :D

Here is mine, it was also my first experiment with attempting to use a hair stick (disposable chopstick in this case)

http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/qq245/erussell_01/th_Morehair008.jpg (http://s452.photobucket.com/albums/qq245/erussell_01/?action=view&current=Morehair008.jpg)

ooo
October 21st, 2010, 03:39 PM
:cheese: finally it works

proof:
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/quallest/PA210003.jpg
alternative picture (http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/quallest/PA210001.jpg)

yellowchariot
October 21st, 2010, 03:45 PM
Here is my contribution. It is not a pic, however it is my tutorial. I do plan on updating this, when my hair gets longer. I'm glad that this tutorial has helped some of the members out with this particular style ;).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfm5FkXqxRo

Speckla
October 21st, 2010, 08:44 PM
Here's mine.

top

http://images54.fotki.com/v210/photos/7/1199357/9011436/000_0007-vi.jpg

side

http://images54.fotki.com/v514/photos/7/1199357/9011436/000_0003_00-vi.jpg

CrisDee
October 22nd, 2010, 06:50 AM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6cjaX_rUuE) is Hypnotica's video on how to do a French twist on very long hair - the girl is a genius! :flower: This is pretty much the way I used to do my twist when my hair was BSL, and it's great to know that I can keep using this style even past that length.

Sagi1982
October 22nd, 2010, 05:23 PM
I DID IT!!! :hifive:
This was my very best attempt at a French twist-like thing ever:
http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/9145/knubbelnane1.th.jpg (http://img35.imageshack.us/i/knubbelnane1.jpg/)http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/7736/knubbelnane2.th.jpg (http://img258.imageshack.us/i/knubbelnane2.jpg/)http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/4500/knubbelnane3.th.jpg (http://img818.imageshack.us/i/knubbelnane3.jpg/)

...a too tight, messy version of Hypnoticas Workhorse twist.
...it goes "KLONK" if you knock on it, but its a strange and ugly kind of French twist, I think.

phistash
October 23rd, 2010, 01:10 PM
So jealous. I love French twists, but still can't get my hair into one. I think I just need to be patient, and wait until my layers have grown out some more.

kschr2004
October 24th, 2010, 09:29 PM
Does this count? I've never been able to get my hair into a french twist before. Thank goodness for Ficcares!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2400&pictureid=86601

Kimberly

isbmlamloi
October 27th, 2010, 11:13 AM
This is my first French twist ever, and it shows - it's lumpy, and you can see through the hair to the bunched up stuff underneath. I followed Hypnotica's tutorial here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6cjaX_rUuE). The saddest thing about this hairstyle is that I distinctly heard snapping hair about four times through the creation of this - during the twisting and the pinning mostly. :( I guess there's still a lot of work I need to do on the health of my hair.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/5121032002_e4fde3d64b_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/isbmlamloi/5121032002/)http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/5121031834_917a696e7a_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/isbmlamloi/5121031834/)

teela1978
October 28th, 2010, 01:31 AM
Not my best, but holding exceptionally well with one stick
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e117/lchamber78/20101027frenchtwist.jpg

eternallyverdan
October 29th, 2010, 01:22 AM
Here's an old attempt. I'd do a new one but I can't find the cable for my camera, so there's no use taking a picture. It's a bit lumpy, but I don't have any photographic evidence of my more successful ones.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/forevagreenearth/FrenchTwist.jpg

eamane
October 30th, 2010, 03:03 PM
Finally! Hannah83 here has tried to teach me to do a french twist and I think it looks all right now! Not perfect but at least I can show it off ;) It stays up with 3 bent knitting needles!
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4898&pictureid=87076

dragonmyst
October 31st, 2010, 08:57 PM
This is sorta thrown together. When I was in front of a mirror it wouldn't work. But when I did it sitting at the table it came out pretty (IMO) good. Does this count?

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6548&pictureid=87161

SilverLocks
October 31st, 2010, 10:46 PM
This is one from a couple of years ago when my hair was closer to waist.

It was a first attempt at a log roll, but ended up being a French Twist instead.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f114/niruprem/P1260006_edited.jpg

Intransigentia
November 6th, 2010, 01:02 PM
Better late than never, right? Sometimes mine work and sometimes they don't - of course, they work better when I'm not going anywhere. Here are a couple from an evening I was fooling around with the camera and nowhere to go:

With my snazzy Tortoise Ketylos:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6595&pictureid=87668

With a single (!) shiny stick I got from a Chinese imports place:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6595&pictureid=87670

Lianna
November 10th, 2010, 04:22 AM
I'm so sorry I'm late but I just tried this hairstyle for the first time!:)

My hair is really short, a shaggy grown out pixie. The first pic is really messy, but I like it too, was my first attempt. And that was the comb I used to hold all the small bits of hair.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5838&pictureid=87984

jaine
November 17th, 2010, 05:37 PM
I'm so sorry I'm late but I just tried this hairstyle for the first time!:)

My hair is really short, a shaggy grown out pixie. The first pic is really messy, but I like it too, was my first attempt. And that was the comb I used to hold all the small bits of hair.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5838&pictureid=87984

Nice ...that gives me hope it might work for me too!

Starfilly
November 17th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Horrociously late!

It didn't look too bad from the side...though it did feel like I was about to fall over backwards, hence the strained look.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5372&pictureid=88655

And then there's the back, yikes. I don't think this is the style for me. This was, believe it or not, the best of about four tries.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5372&pictureid=88654

jaine
November 18th, 2010, 09:11 AM
We're just fashionably late :) I didn't realize there were shorty-friendly hairstyles of the month!

Here's my french twist, which I'm very happy about since it's my first successful attempt, at just-barely-shoulder-length with grown-out pixie layers:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1002/5185466705_43d3d46582.jpg

Intransigentia
November 18th, 2010, 10:13 AM
I found that the French Twist was easiest between shoulder and APL. After that you have to figure out where to stuff extra hair and it gets a little trickier to do neatly. (Which is why, before discovering LHC, I was stuck between shoulder and APL. I thought any longer than that was unmanageable. LOL.)

Oh, by the way, November's style of the month is shortie friendly too - half-up!

vloucak
November 24th, 2010, 01:27 AM
French Twist is realy beautiful but I can not master this hair style it´s pity.

to jaine: your french twist is realy great ;)

Brynne
December 22nd, 2010, 01:17 AM
Wow, I love that. It has such an interesting flow. I have to wait for my hair to grow a bit more before I can try it.

Brynne
December 22nd, 2010, 01:20 AM
Ok, I'm trying again. Sorry for the random posts. I was trying to respond to Beets' photo. Love it! It has a great flow. I'm going to try it in a few months when the tail on mine is long enough. I just received my first French Comb today, and have practiced it for about a half an hour....I think it looks ok!

Eolan
December 22nd, 2010, 01:22 AM
I cannot for the life of me get this hairstyle to hold. I have tried a french twist fork, pins, ficcares. My hair just sliiiiiiides right out of it. Wich is a pity, because I totally adore it.

calicokatt
January 2nd, 2011, 08:57 PM
I've always like the french twist.... on other people! =D

zombi
April 4th, 2012, 02:57 PM
I have to master this style by May 19 because I want to wear it when I get married. But I can't seem to understand how to tuck in the hair!! I've watched lots of videos of different methods and I keep trying but somehow it's not working and come out all... lumpy. =_= I'll go back through all your tips.

lunalocks
April 4th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Zombi, hold hair as if to make a pony, then start twisting it while raising your hands higher and higher until all the hair is twisted, the first part is twisted against your head and you hands are holding the rest of your hair over your head. Then at the base of the twist, loop or fold your twisted hair down and tuck the ends inside the rolled hair. Tuck in the rest. Hold the fold in place with spin pins (I do) or a french roll comb.

Hope this helps.

Siiri
April 5th, 2012, 08:51 AM
I have to master this style by May 19 because I want to wear it when I get married. But I can't seem to understand how to tuck in the hair!! I've watched lots of videos of different methods and I keep trying but somehow it's not working and come out all... lumpy. =_= I'll go back through all your tips.

This is how I do it: After I've twisted the hair up, I hold the top of the roll with my little finger so it stays against my scalp, and use that same hand to lift the roll a bit from the side. Then I fold the ends with my other hand and use that hand to tuck the ends under the lifted roll. I usually need to help a bit with the hand that's holding the roll to make it neat. Then I press the roll against my scalp again with one hand and insert a ficcare etc. with the other hand.

I'm left handed, so I use my left hand to hold the roll and lift it, and right hand to fold the ends and tuck them in and to insert the hair toy - I twist my hair counterclockwise so the roll opens to the right side. If you're right handed it's probably the opposite for you, you'd hold and lift with the right hand and tuck in with the left hand.

jacqueline101
May 25th, 2013, 09:11 AM
I do mine with a claw clip and sometimes I leave the ends out.

Mainesongbird
September 7th, 2013, 03:51 PM
Such pretty styles!

melesine
January 8th, 2014, 08:49 AM
I put this up yesterday without looking and later when I caught myself in the mirror I thought it came out really cute so I snapped a picture

moving photo host

UP Lisa
February 19th, 2014, 10:51 AM
Can hair be too long for a French Twist?

lunalocks
February 19th, 2014, 04:01 PM
I can do a french twist with BCL hair. I twist it up, then, spiral the rest. Holding the original twist in place with my left hand (I am right handed) I stick out my left thumb and index finger and figure 8 the rolled tail around these fingers. Then I press that figure 8 close to the side of, or barely under, the original twist. I hold it in place with spin pins, or with a fork going through both loops, or with 2 sticks. From the Left it appears to be a french twist. From the Right there are the loops. It's kind of cool. I can't remember if someone here gave me the idea, or demonstrated the whole thing. I can make the loops large or small, and the ends get tucked under.