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The Braided French Twist

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | CO-FOUNDER SAM VILLA©


One of the best hairstyles to wear when attending a formal event is the French twist. This classic design never goes out of style and looks so elegant with any dress you put on. In this how-to, let's take the classic French twist and incorporate a French braid in the front to make this updo fresh and on trend. Let's get started.

Hightower Victory Roll Before

For best results, texturize your hair with the Sam Villa Textur® Iron to create volume and soft, moldable texture making your hair easier to work with. To texturize your hair, take horizontal sections and spray a minimum of 6-8" away with Redken Quick Tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to protect the hair from heat and for maximum iron results. Use the Sam Villa Textur® Texturizing Iron tapping the plates down the length of your hair to texturize the entire head.

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To begin, create a triangle section with your Sam Villa Detangling Comb that begins at the corner of your eyes and extends to the back of your head. Begin your French braid in your top section over-directing it to your right eye.
Take three sections of hair from back of your triangle, placing two strands in one hand and the third strand in your opposite hand. Create a few rows of a regular braid by taking the strand on the right and crossing it over the center, then crossing the left strand over the center.

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Before you cross a strand over to the other side, add another strand of hair from the loose pieces on the same side and include it in the cross-over.

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Continue the braid down the length and secure with a hair friendly elastic.

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Gather your sides and your back section of hair in your hand. Using your Sam Villa Styling Brush direct all hair to the center back, slighltly off center in a ponytail hold.

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Pinch the pony tail in your left hand and use your right hand to roll the length of your hair to create a French twist.

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Use long hairpins to secure your French roll beginning in the center and anchor the top and bottom with additional hairpins.

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Gently pull your front braid apart to create airiness and volume.

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Wrap the braid back over and above your left eye, tucking the ends in. Secure the braid with two medium hairpins.

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Try this at home and share your results on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #SamVillaHowTo.


Production Team: Geneva Cowen, Tina Calzaretta, Mary Urban, Rafa Bertelli and Jeremy McDougle

Model: Keely

Photographer: Shalem Mathew