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Twists All Around

Ever have one of those days where you aren’t quite sure what to do with your hair, but didn’t want to get stuck in the ponytail rut? This twist style is super easy to achieve, and super chic at the same time. With minimal effort, you can recreate this look and be out the door in less than five minutes!

  1. This style works well on a blowout or an old twist out since the hair is already stretched and can be easily styled. An off center part creates an asymmetrical look with a modern twist.
  2. Starting with the larger section, take two pieces of hair and begin to flat twist along the hairline. The twist doesn’t have to be super tight, but you will want to keep them relatively flat. Gather hair from the crown of your head with each twist as you move around toward the back of your head. Secure with a hairpin or two.
  3. Continue the same style of twist on the smaller side, remembering to gather hair from the crown as you twist along the hairline. You’ll want the hair to resemble a cinnamon twist once completed.
  4. Once you’ve finished the smaller side you can do one of two things. You can either twist the two sides into one, roll into a bun in the back of your head, and secure with a few hairpins, or you can go for something a little snazzier. Instead of pinning in the middle of your head, position the larger twisted section to one side of your head behind your ear.

Braided Updo

Want a style that will grab the attention of everyone in the room? Considering this look can be accomplished in just a few moments, you can be effortlessly coiffed while running errands, or easily be dressed up for a night on the town with the girls.

  1. This style can be effortlessly transformed from an old twist out into a fashionable updo. The pompadour takes this look beyond the norm, combining retro and classy into one seamless style.
  2. Create the pompadour by separating the front section of hair, like bangs. Take this section and flip back, creating a poof, and secure with a couple of hair pins. You can make this as low or as high as you like.
  3. Start the flat braid in the back next. We’ll call it an “over hand” braid since you’ll be pulling the outside pieces over the center, creating the flat braid. Using larger sections, braid down from the pompadour. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect; it’s all in the look!
  4. Once you reach the end of the braid, you can “tuck” the hair under, concealing the ends within the bulk of the braid, and secure with a couple of hair pins if needed.
  5. To add an elegant touch, add an accessory like a stretchable double hair comb. Placing the combs in the middle of the style helps to create separation between the pompadour and the braided section. This takes the already chic look up one more notch.

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Final Thoughts

Maintaining these looks is just as simple as the style themselves. Since they are low profile hairstyles, tie a satin scarf around your hair before hitting the sack. As always, a satin pillow case is good in the event you forget your scarf or if you toss and turn at night!  And, if you’re in a bit of a styling crunch, both of these styles can easily last you three days or longer. Using a light moisturizing leave in spray like Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries or Darcy’s Botanicals Herbal Leave-In Conditioning Spritz will aid in keeping the styles fresh,  moisturized and smelling great! Happy styling!

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Lisa Michelle

Thanks for this article. I'm finding that I'm starting to get bored with my usual styles. I had been wanting to learn how to create the braided up-do!