The Everyday French Twist

Everyday french twist-- great for second day hairI seriously love it when I get to start a hair tutorial with, “This style is great for second (or third or fourth) day hair.” My hair only gets washed about two times a week (hey, I’ve gotta preserve that vivid color), so any style that helps get me through the week is ace in my book! Dirty hair club forever.

Or, dry shampoo club forever. Who’s with me? We need a good name for our club.

Anyway, let me show you how I did this everyday French twist. It’s really great for hair that hasn’t been freshly washed and is actually pretty simple to tackle!

Tease hair for volume and textureStep One: Alright, this is usually my step one for every hair tutorial. I love a little volume on top, I’m not gonna lie. So first, tease the hair at the crown of your head. Make it all messy– we’re going to smooth it down in the next step.

Pin half of the hairStep Two: Gather the sides of your hair to the back of the head. Smooth down the crazy top section and pin in place. Are you with me so far?

Bring hair to one side of the head and pinPin hair to the sideStep Three: Gather your hair to one side of your head and pin. You will be pinning over your first round of bobby pins, as shown above.

Take remaining hair and wrap around handRoll hair into the headStep Four: Okay! Now that you’ve pinned your hair to one side, take the remaining hair and gather it into a ponytail. Wrap the hair around your hand and roll it in toward your head.

If your hair is on the shorter side, but you still have enough for a small pony, you can accomplish this step by wrapping hair around a couple of fingers instead of your hand.

Pin the twistPin inside the twistStep Five: Once you’ve gotten your hair rolled to your head, it’s time to pin it securely in place! As you can see from the photo above, you will want to pin inside the roll.

It’s super easy to hide the bobby pins this way so you don’t end up A) having a head full of visible bobby pins, or B) a flat roll on the back of your head. Unless you like that. And then I say GO FOR IT. Finish your look with a little hairspray and you’re done!

Adorable everyday french twist
Everyday French Twist-- love how simple this is!Everyday french twist (click through for tutorial)Even though I obviously missed out in the curly hair department, despite the fact that my dad had a full head of curly swirly locks (shaking my fist at you, genetics), I’m pretty confident this style would be ultra cute on you curly girls out there (I’m looking at you, Rachel). If you try this style, make sure and tweet me (@skunkboy) or tag me on Instagram so I can see! I love it when you guys share! xo. Katie

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Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton.

  • I love your tutorials. You make it look so easy. I’ve tried the French twist out a couple of times and got some nice compliments. Thx.

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  • Looks great. I’m going to have a go at this for work. Will make a change from my boring pony tail 🙂

  • so pretty! would you share your preferred dry shampoo? Also, does your scalp get itchy after not washing for so long? Mine does, maybe a different shampoo?

  • Wow – this styling look super cute on you! I really have to try it! 🙂 All the best from Munich,


  • Love this look, hopefully simple enough for me to do in the mornings and much nicer than just a ponytail.

  • Hi, beautiful look. Thanks for sharing with us. I will try to do it. Gracias Ana

  • I have curly hair which I only wash every third day, so I am with you on the “dirty hair” club. I love the look of the tattoo you have at the base of your neck, could you tell me what it says?

  • I love it! Going to try it and hope my pin straight Asian hair holds in this type of bun – I’ll need lots of pins! xx

  • I can’t wait to try this hairstyle.I love the messy but sheik look.Thanks for the fun tutorial.

  • This is GORGEOUS! Thank you! I always have my hair back in a low ponytail. What a fab alternative!

  • Could you girls try posting hair styles for curly (and i mean REALLY curly) hair?
    It would be super appreciated since I find it impossible to do anything with mine


  • LOVE THIS! Definitely gonna give it a try! I love the look of french twists, but they usually give me a headache, this looks way more relaxed!
    Xx from the Girl in the Houndstooth Coat

  • Love it, but it doesn’t work with my hair (long, straight, undyed). The twist sticks out, can’t lay it down and it’s too smooth. 3rd day hair, but still…. :-/

  • I’m definitely going to have to try this! Also a part of the Dirty Hair Club! 🙂

  • I love a good french twist and this one is no exception! Beautiful!


  • Oh that looks so nice and funky. I feel like my hair is too thin for this, but I am going to try anyway!

  • Wooow i love you colour hair. I’ve got the red hair too but mi colour is dark, what is the dye what you use?

    Thanks! xx

  • I am loving the simplicity of this, I have a daughter who has long hair, my own is short now, the trouble we have is finding styles which look really smart yet are doable with my arthritic hands.

    This looks totally doable and will be a very nice grown up smart look for those occasions where a pony tail does not cut it, though she is only 6.

  • Definitely going to try this! I’ve been looking for good ways to style my hair that require minimum heat styling and would be good to keep my hair away from baby fingers (I have an eight month old and he LOVES to eat my hair.) This is such a pretty, simple way to get it out of the way!
    Also, I only ever wash my hair about twice a week, too. It’s better for your hair anyway, or so I’m told! 🙂

  • This is adorable and looks incredibly easy to do, it’s the sort of thing that doesn’t need to look to neat to be good! I’ll be giving this a try

    Emma | The Fashion Six

  • Definitely in the dirty hair club! Will be trying this for work very soon…:)

  • such a cute style. going to give this a try tomorrow before work!
    xo, cheyenne

  • This is so gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it.

    Heidi D.

  • Great tutorial, thanks 🙂

    Do you have any French twist/easy updo tutorials for really long, thick and heavy hair? I feel like no matter how many bobby pins I have in my hair, my hair always falls apart after just an hour or two. But I hate washing my hair so I need to figure out a hairstyle that suits me! Getting bored of plain buns on top of my head 🙁

  • Cute! I’ve tried styles like this and it never works for me. I’m pretty sure my hair is too think for bobby pins alone to hold up. But maybe the ones I’m using are too small.

  • Oh, thank you. I thought I was the only one out there that didn’t wash every day. I am hopeless with braids and the ponytail is really boring. This looks like something I could do!

  • Thank you for the doable tutorial! Quick question, I have short hair (back ends at the nape of my neck, tapers slightly longer towards the front) and I often do this type of ‘do in lieu of a ponytail-esque option for my day 2 or 3 days. Sometimes teasing works out just fine and I achieve a Bump It worthy dome of mod-inspired perfection. But other times – no matter what I try – my part pops open in the middle leaving a weird gap. Any ideas on how to fix this guy? Thanks so much, love your blog!

  • I would love to hear tips on how to leave your hair dirty. I can’t stand it! Although I know that it would probably be better for my hair in the long run. I wash every day. It gets so icky. Love to hear everyone’s ideas.
    This style is cute, but your Dolly Parton is my all time fave! Love it. I need more teasing, more height! 🙂

  • I love all of these hairstyles, perfect for fall!

  • I´m your new fan! 😀 Managed to do this with my shoulder lenght hair. Now I really want them to grow quickly… And I love all those braids you have posted

  • I am also in the dirty hair club. I am also in the curly hair club. I love the tutorial for this hair style. Can not wait to try it!!!

  • My hair needs to grow NOW. You make it look so easy and fun! I loved this style.

    Thanks, Katie.

  • I have been looking for a quick but beautiful hair style for my long hair. I’ll give it a try and hope for the best!

  • how much i love your hair!
    i take note of this tutorial, love the effect, a bit messy

  • You make it look so easy but I’m sure that if I try, there will be some colateral damage (I’m thinking new Bobby pin piercing in my ears… )

  • Love it! I am definitely going to try this, except I have EXTREMELY thick hair, so bobby pins rarely hold it in place… but I’ll sure be trying 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!
    Megan Marie
    The Things She Sees

  • Wow, it looks so nice! I will have to try it out 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial!
    Holly x

  • Gorgeous and simple! I love updos that only require a few bobby pins. It’s such a nice alternative to a ponytail or messy top bun. As my hair gets to be shoulder length for the first time in probably a decade, I’m looking for new ways to style it! Can’t wait to give this a go!

    <3 dani

  • So jealous, I have super greasy hair so I have to wash it basically every day for it to look half decent! Still love the tutorial though, French twists are such a lovely style 🙂

  • Ι can’t be a long haired girl (it doesn’t suit me AT ALL!) but if I were I’d try that for sure! so elegant! thank you for posting.

  • Oh my what a cute hairstyle!! I suck at following tutorials though , my hair just ends up tangled and a mess!

  • BEAU-TY-FUL! So vintage and classic– but with a casual twist!
    xoxo Totally trying this tomorrow xoxo

  • Love this! Would it be possible to get a video of this tutorial? I can follow it all the way to the rolling part. I get confused during that part and the pictures don’t clarify it enough for me! A video would make it easier. Here’s hoping!

  • this looks somewhat easy and I can’t wait to try with my curly hair 🙂

  • Totally in that ‘dirty hair club’ with you… Dry shampoo is my best friend! Thanks for sharing, as I am always looking for different things to do with my hair a couple days after a wash! 🙂

    xo. Jilli

  • cool and cute. the hair color makes the french twist a lot more frenchy!
    Xo, Belen
    A Hint of Life

  • Love this easy tutorial…i have short hair, and really appreciate the two fingers instead oh hand tip!


  • Such a lovely style! Will definitely be trying this be trying this one out soon! xx

  • Love this! I need more styles that don’t take forever; I usually just end up with a ponytail. My dad has strawberry blonde wavy hair, so I too am “shaking my fist at you, genetics” haha 🙂

  • Gorgeous! I wish I was better at putting my hair up, definitely looks better on my 3rd day of not washing my hair than leaving it down. Must try this!

  • I’m one of those lucky girls with curls, or at least waves, so I’m pretty excited to give this a try! It’s so chic, and I’ll bet it would work even better on hair that hasn’t been washed in a day or two.


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