Holiday Hair: How to Fake a French Twist on Short Hair

The shorter the hair, the less maintenance. On the flip side, there are less options when it comes to jazzing up your pixie for New Year’s Eve. We’ve admired celebs’ use of styling products—from Jennifer Lawrences rough texture to Anne Hathaways slicked back style—but if you really want to dress it up, it takes a little more creativity. We sought the help of Kattia Solano, hair stylist at NYC’s Butterfly Studio Salon, who showed us how to recreate this gorgeous faux French twist in the Butterfly Studio tutorial room (open to the public in Spring 2014).

Photos: Rolando Robínson

Photos: Rolando Robínson

Step 1: For a full look, start with texture. Those with fine straight hair can add movement with a curling iron, creating loose ringlets on two-inch sections of hair. Then spray each two-inch section with Oribe Texturizing Spray ($39, oribe.com) to build height. For thicker hair, curling isn’t required.

“This style is best on dirty hair or with some texture,” says Solano. “You want to exaggerate as much volume as possible to fake a French twist.”

Photo: Rolando Robínson

Photo: Rolando Robínson

Step 2: Backcomb each section of hair, holding each piece at the ends between the fingers. By holding the tip, the comb is able to hit the sides as well as tease straight up.

Photos: Rolando Robínson

Photos: Rolando Robínson

Step 3: Lightly comb the hair out with fingers or a thin comb.

Photo: Rolando Robínson

Photo: Rolando Robínson

Step 4: Place the headband over the head, leaving it along the neck like a necklace. (Solana used the L. Erickson Rock Goddess Headwrap, $86) Start to stretch out the headband, placing it directly on the hairline. Then pull each chain back individually. The sleekness at the hairline creates a strong contrast to the hair’s height.

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Step 5: Use Oribe Superfine Hairspray ($29, oribe.com) on the sides of hair (just below the ears) to make them super sleek. The sleeker the sides, the more exaggerated the “faux French twist.”

Photo: Rolando Robínson

Photo: Rolando Robínson

Read more: 50 Gorgeous Holiday Hairstyles from Pinterest

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