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Textured, Twisted & Teased French Braid Tutorial

Jenny Strebe

Author Jenny Strebe | Jenny Strebe

Jenny Strebe has been in the hair industry for 14 years – 6 of those years were spent as an Educational Director at Toni & Guy. Jenny has been featured in magazines and websites all over the world and was recently named one of the top hair bloggers in America.

You might recognize Jenny from her blog and YouTube Channel, Confessions of a Hairstylist, where she provides education for the everyday women as well as the hairstylist through easy to follow step by step & video tutorials. She is known for simplifying complicated looking hairstyles for stylists at every level, allowing them to feel more confident creating up styles.

We reached out to Jenny and asked if she would become a guest blogger and share some of her beautiful braids and hairstyles with our followers and we’re happy to announce that she agreed!

Learn How To create a Textured, Twisted & Teased French Braid

confessions of a hairdresser hair tutorial - start with hair dry

Start out with your hair being 100% dry. I used a sea salt spray in my model's hair to create volume and texture, then I power dried her hair, really focusing on lifting her hair at the base area.

curl hair with a 1" curling iron

You want to create a curly romantic texture so I went through with a 1” curling iron and curled her hair from mid shaft to ends. I started this technique from the nape of the neck all the way to the top of her head taking not more than 1” - 2’ sections.

section hair for control

Next, you’ll create a halo section around the crown area and clip away the underneath part for later.

texturize the hair to create more volume with the Sam Villa Textur Iron

To create a lot of fullness without backcombing the hair, I used the Sam Villa Textur Iron from the base to about 4” into her hair. This will allow you to create lots of body that will hold all day. Since I was going for a romantic style, I didn’t want to show the texture of the iron, so working this technique inside the halo section allows me to hide the texture of it after I start pulling her hair back.

use three strands of hair to begin a simple French braid technique

You want to start a simple French braid technique by dividing the hair in three sections. Twist each section of hair.

tease the hair using your Sam Villa Styling Brush

Inside each twist, you want to lightly tease each section using your Sam Villa Styling Brush. You do this by holding the ends of the hair firmly and teasing from the mid-shaft of the hair to the base.

twist the hair and create a French braid

You now want to take your teased twists and cross them over one another by utilizing a simple French braid technique where you take your left side section and cross over into the middle, then take your right side section and cross over into the middle. At this point you want to start incorporating hair into your twisted French braid . You do this by adding a small section of hair from the hairline back into your section, rotating from left to right. Work this French braid technique until you get to the nape of the neck and then continue with a normal three strand braid technique.

backcomb the ends of the hair to keep your ponytail in place

For a soft look, once you get to the ends slightly backcomb the hair. This will allow you to avoid using an elastic band for a softer look.

Finish your look with a shine spray to eliminate frizz

Finish this look off by using a shine spray to eliminate any frizz to the hair.

Finished look for the Textured, Twisted & Teased French Braid

You can see how using the Sam Villa Textur Iron within your halo section helps set you up for success by creating a lot of volume inside the hair near the base, and this volume will last all day!

If you love this voluminous twisted French braid as much as I do, I encourage you to replicate this look and feel free to tag me on Instagram @theconfessionsofahairstylist so I can see your work.

Feel free to check out my Blog, Youtube or Instagram for more hair tutorials, daily hair inspiration and information about my upcoming upstyling classes I have to offer.

Photo by Sara Nevels of Talk Studios Photography.