Move over braids – there’s a new trend in town. Check out our favorite ways to do the twist, whether it’s part of an intricate updo or an easy way to upgrade loose locks. The easiest way to update a classic French twist is to pop an accessory into the mix, like the flower clips used at Tory Burch’s fall/winter 2013 show.
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To take the French twist from stuffy to sexy, add texture to hair, like Rachel McAdams did at the Toronto International Film Festival. Before twisting, celebrity hairstylist Thomas Dunkin for Sebastian Professional created the look by applying Sebastian Professional Stylixir ($18, Sebastianprofessional.com) to the roots and lengths of damp hair.
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Beach waves may be in hibernation, but messy chic is here to stay. Dishevel a twist by pulling a few hairs out here and there (like Jennifer Garner did at The Odd Life Of Timothy Green premiere). To frame the face, leave a few strands out in front.
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We are currently obsessed with dressed up, detailed ponytails, like this one celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak created for Zoe Saldana. Roszak pulled hair from each side of the face to the back of the head, allowing one section of hair to overlap the other. Twist and repeat.
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We loved this 70s inspired style from the fall 2012 Gucci runway. Start with a center part, twist two front pieces and pull back, securing with an elastic or hair clip. Make sure to keep the style loose to achieve that carefree vibe.
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The side-swept ‘do has been all over the red carpet, and because it’s so simple, we’re hoping it sticks around for a long time. The easiest way to get the hair to stay draped over one shoulder? Pull strands to the side, twist and pin in place. Lucy Hale’s piece-y waves are the perfect complement.
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This chic updo from the fall 2012 Valentino show is easier to recreate than it looks. Start with a styling balm, such as Bumble and Bumble Styling Crème ($25, Bumbleandbumble.com), to smooth strands. Then twist each side, pinning as you move down the head. Connect both pieces in back by knotting together and pinning.
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And if you’re daring enough, try Janelle Monae’s take on the twist. The R&B singer twisted the front half of her hair into a 50s-inspired quiff and pinned the rest into a bun in back.
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