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07.11.11 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: Do The (French) Twist

Nicole Richie keeps getting better and better (beauty-wise).

Long gone are her ‘scary-skinny-with-straggly-strands’ days; the married mother of two has done a complete 180° and now gorgeously goes from strength to strength strolling down the red carpet—and the sidewalk.

Case in point: At Elle’s 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute, Richie rocked a French twist—a look we’ve seen numerous times over the past two runway seasons, namely Peter Som and Jean Paul Gaultier for Fall/Winter 2011, and Badgley Mischka, Roberto Cavalli, and Dolce & Gabbana for Spring/Summer 2012.

One part swanky 60s, two-parts French fabulous, this structured updo lends an air of elegance to any look. We haven’t worn this hairstyle since junior prom, but seeing as how a refined resurgence on the horizon, we just might be persuaded to take a trip down our own personal mane memory lane.

Here’s How to Recreate The Sophisticated Style:
-Flip damp hair over your face and rough dry (sans brush) for added volume and texture;
-Flip it back and finger comb your strands over towards your right shoulder;
-Starting at the nape of your neck, loosely twist hair up towards your crown, securing every few inches with a bobby pin, which should be inserted diagonally;
-For a more refined look, flips the ends under and secure with a pin. For a funkier finish, leave your ends loose—they’ll look cool whether they’re straight and spiky or curly and carefree;
-To finish, pull a few pieces loose around your hairline to relax the look, or if you have fringe, brush your bangs over to the side. Mist with hairspray to set the ladylike look. —India-Jewel Jackson

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5 Responses to Beauty Trend Spotting: Do The (French) Twist

  1. DivaDebbi (Beauty and Fashion Blog) November 7, 2011 at 17:44 #

    Lovely on Nicole and I love the Dolce and Gabanna version. Badgley Mischka’s looks like a birds nest.
    I love a French twist when its polished.

  2. Jackie November 7, 2011 at 18:20 #

    Am I the only one with hair that won’t stay up after securing every few inches with a bobby pin?

    Oh how I long to wear this chic do everyday!

    • Jess November 8, 2011 at 10:59 #

      I can’t do it either! I’ve always wondered how to do a French twist properly. Maybe my hair is too long/thick/heavy?

  3. Sara November 7, 2011 at 21:52 #

    How do you get the nicole bump at the top of the head behind the bangs? Do you backcomb and pin this part before you start the twist? I always have a hard time knowing now to tuck the hair down and in after twisting it up.

  4. Anne G November 10, 2011 at 02:31 #

    I love the way Nicole has changed and grown. Such a sophisticated look!

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