Ugh, I never do my hair this way because, while french twists are theoretically easy, they never seems to hold as well as a braided updo. Probably because there is no hair-elastic, so you are going to be relying a lot on bobby pins. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile as “a thing that exists!”

Step 1: You’re going to need all the bobby pins you can get your hands on. Let’s say 20,  minimum. They say you can do a twist with two bobby pins. They lie so hard. They don’t even feel ashamed about their lies. Here’s what all the bobby pins look like:

bobby pins

You know, that doesn’t actually look like that much, but trust me, it is. It is more than 2 bobby pins, anyway.

Step 2: Take your hair and pull it into a ponytail. You probably want to brush it out so it’s smooth, first. That makes sense. I forgot to do that, so, pretend I did that.

ponytail french twist

Step 3: The only real trick is that when you get your hair into a ponytail, you should twist it around twice clockwise, so the base it a little bit more secure. You can see that it’s a bit twisted here:

french twist base

Step 4: Start using those bobby pins. With your hair pulled towards the crown of your head, pin up the right side of the ponytail. Leave the left side free of bobby pins. Don’t pin the part of the hair that extends past the top of your head.

french twist pins

Step 5: The trickiest part! Take the part of your hair that extends past the top of your head and fold it down to the left – unpinned! – side of the twist. Tuck it under that side, or as close as possible. Then pin the left side. You don’t need to hold you hand there forever, but it is optional.

french twist