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Jen Atkin Makes a Sleek French Twist Modern

Byrdie Beauty and Jen Atkin are at it again with Mane Addicts and this sleek french twist hair tutorial. Just in time for holiday parties, notice how unpredictably easy this style is to recreate (even on shorter lengths). Straight from Byrdie.com, take a look at the how-to below.

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Step One: Part

Start with a little bit of natural texture to give your hairstyle some body. You’ll need to part your hair to one side in order to swoop it over into a twist later.

Step Two: Tease

Lightly backcomb the underside of your hair all over to build up the volume even more.

Step Three: Pin One Side

Start your French twist by sweeping one side of your hair towards the back of head. Just before you reach the center, insert a bobby pin flat against your head, vertically, to hold the hair down.

Step Four: Gather the Other Side

Use both hands to bring the hair from the other side over to meet your first bobby pin. As you smooth it over, be careful not to condense your hair into a bun. Instead, try to maintain the length of the section as you mold it into a French twist.

Step Five: Twist

Keep smoothing the section over as you roll it in towards the center. Start at the top, and work your way down towards the nape of your neck. It’s okay if a few pieces fall out, you’ll be able to pin them back in place.

Step Six: Twist and Pin

Use one hand to hold the hair in place, as you insert bobby pins up the length of your twist. Start from the bottom to ensure you catch all of the shorter pieces that tend to slip out.

Step Seven: Keep Pinning

Keep adding bobby pins until your French twist feels secure.

Step Eight: Smooth

Lightly smooth out any rough spots with a boar-bristle hairbrush.


Add a spritz of hairspray for hold and you’re done!


Photographer: Justin Coit
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup Artist: Roxy
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Model: Corrie


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