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    Default French Twist technique for shorter/ and or layered hair

    I have hair that is about SL with my shortest layers at about earlobe length, and I am able to get my hair in a French Twist easily using the following method. It is just a minor tweak to the traditional French Twist tutorials

    Longhairs who have trouble keeping it neat may benefit from this, too.

    I don't do videos, but I will try to take pictures one day to assist in the instructions.

    1. I start by gathering my hair into a high ponytail, making sure to smooth the sides as much as possible to get all the layers in. I secure it tightly with an "Ouchless" elastic.

    2. I pull the elastic straight back about 2-3 inches (as far as I can without letting my shortest layer fall out), creating a loose ponytail.

    3. I twist the ponytail about two times in a clockwise motion (I grab the length to twist, not necessarily just the portion above the elastic), and then press the length close to my scalp (my hair is short enough that I do not need to fold the length over, so if it is longer you may need to add a step).

    4. You should feel a tiny bulge of hair from where you twisted it before pressing the length down. Grab the bulge with your left hand to keep it raised from the scalp and use your right hand to push the elastic underneath this bulge in a diagonal direction (getting it both over to the left and up into the bulge). The elastic should not be visible once you have tucked it under the bulge of hair.

    5. Continue to use the bulge to form a curtain that you will pull over all the loose length. I start from the top and push the length of my hair underneath the the curtain, if necessary, pulling the curtain more to the right to make a bigger pocket.

    6. Once all the hair is tucked in, all you need to do is secure it. You can use hairpins for a toyless look, or a comb or clip to secure, I can use a single Ficcare Maximus by sliding it from right to left through the fullest part of the twist (right below the top point where you've tucked the elastic in, getting as much scalp hair and "curtain" hair as possible. For me, this is all my hair really needs to hold, though depending on what I am doing/ wearing, sometimes a few nape hairs fall out at the bottom so I just grab them and bobby pin them back into the pocket.

    This takes me about a minute, and works well on damp or dry hair. It holds like a rock all day! I hope this is helpful to some of you. Let me know if I need to clarify my instructions, and please share your results with this method!
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    Thank you for this! Neat idea.

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    I used to have a really good tutorial on this called "French Twist 237" (basically the time it took to make it 2 minutes and 37 seconds) and then as my hair grew a few more inches longer, I called it the "337" LOL. I'll try to dig it out of some old files I have on storage back, if you are still interested. I can re-upload them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apollyon View Post
    I used to have a really good tutorial on this called "French Twist 237" (basically the time it took to make it 2 minutes and 37 seconds) and then as my hair grew a few more inches longer, I called it the "337" LOL. I'll try to dig it out of some old files I have on storage back, if you are still interested. I can re-upload them.

    I'm interested, upload them please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimki View Post
    I'm interested, upload them please!
    I'm interested also.
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    ^ k i'll see what I can do! I found the files. So i'll try to get them uploaded on the 'tube then I'll let you all know

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    I couldn't find my updated tutorial, I think I may have deleted it, while trying to re-organize my files on my PC (you're either one of those kind of people that keep stuff well kept. . . or not! haha AND I'M NOT! ). but don't fret. I have the original tutorial, which is the foundation of the one I was going to upload (hence I had longer hair for the newer one haha).

    I've noticed that most French Twists can be very "illusional" to the appearance of how they were created. You can either start from the bottom of your neck and then begin twisting upward to the top (the most common conception), or you can use the same method, just vice-versa. So to each an individual unique style of twist. . .they are almost impossible to discover the exact method of how they were created, unless you actually ask the person wearing that specific style that your prefer

    IMO, the purpose off the french twist is to give laides that elegant look of a vertical-seemed roll, aligned from the nape of their neck to the top of their head, and still maintain security for your overall hair purposes for any occasion when you want an alternative style to wearing a basic bun-do. So you can still have your fist, pillow, and food fights , and the FT will keep your hair just as secure as a standard updo/bun, but you'll look more elegant while engaged LOL.

    This is what I call "French Twist 137". It only took me 1min and 37sec to do this. There is no audio on the video, but it is self explanatory. So I hope this helps you all out! Sorry for the low-quality, this was all I had at the particular time that I was making this old tutorials! :-P

    *edited see my blog for the vid*
    Last edited by Apollyon; August 13th, 2012 at 08:33 PM. Reason: Forgot To Add (FTA) embeded coding to vid.
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    Lightbulb Another Companion Tutorial

    Here is an updated video, that I made, as my hair became longer. Again, same scenario: some of the ladies thought their hair was not long enough to create French twist. However, the trick is in the technique. Be sure to read the included text that I have put in the video and on the YouTube link, if you want more info just ask me LOL. So I simply adapted to the length of the previous video (it was shorter) and made this video longer by about 1 minute. Please let me know if these tutorials are helpful. Now that I am re-entering these stages. I can re-make them with better quality than I had over 2 years ago lol. Quite a few of the very nice ladies that I met during my trips to the hair boards on the web, told me how my tutorials have inspired them and even helped them do their own hair! If I even just hear that I have inspired somebody, then that alone has made my day I'm grateful to be fortunate enough to help someone out in anyway I can, because you all taught me a great deal about hair topics and other generals "need-to-know" basics that I was clueless about hehe. So I'm glad to help out in anyway I can!

    *edited see my blog for the vid*
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    Very inspiring and helpful. Personally I find it nice to watch tutorials by people with a similar length to mine because it inspires me to try rather than just think straight away 'my hair's too short'

    So, more please!

    Thank you Apollyn.
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    I used to do a French twist from around shoulder length . Wish i had started making video's then it was one of my fave styles.
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