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Lindsay Lohan's French Twist Updo!


Front View of French Twist Style

Whether Lindsay Lohan is blonde, brunette or redhead with tresses to her waist or a short bob style, she's definitely a hair trend setter.

While its true that Lindsay has the very best hair, make-up and fashion experts at her constant fingertips, she definitely channels her own style vision.

In late September 2005 Lindsay appeared on the red carpet at the star studded Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Issue Release Party.

The lovely Lindsay created a stir with her own version of the classic French Twist updo style which never goes out of style.

Lindsay proved the point by combining her soft messy twist with a flirty white gown that was pure gorgeous goddess.

French Twist In An Instant

Lindsay understands how to take a hard core classic twist and make it her own in an instant. For the Teen Vogue party she adopted a version of the elegant and sleek French twist that started with a lot of soft fullness built into the sides and the crown area.

The height that extended from the front of her hairline towards the back twisted section, added a perfect balance to her square shaped face.

Depending on the style Lindsay is wearing at the time, her face shape morphs between square and oval. Sometimes her jaw line appears more prominent than at other times. Again, this is a reflection of the hairstyle she's adopted.

The actual twisted updo section was created with precision, but it's designed to give the impression of tousled messiness.

Steal This Style

Back View of French Twist Style

The actual twisted section was created with precision but designed to give the impression of a "just out of bed" messiness.

A French Twist style, whether soft and flirty or more defined, is perfect for adding a wide range of hair accessories ranging from skinny crystal encrusted headbands or a flirtier array of sparking beads and rhinestones.

Step By Step Instructions - French Twist Style

Listed below are the detailed steps to recreate Lindsay's spectacular French Twist style:

1. Cleanse hair with product designed for your hair type, texture and length. If you prefer, cleanse your hair with a Diluted Shampoo (DS) formula, Conditioner Only (CO), Water Only (WO) or a combination.

Keep in mind that hair that is allowed to "age" a few hours may be less slippery to work with than hair that is freshly washed.

2. Apply a rinse-out conditioning product designed for your hair type, texture and condition.

3. Finish with a cool or cold water rinse to close cuticle and encourage shine.

Side View of French Twist Style

4. Towel blot tresses to remove excess water.

5. Apply detangling or leave-in/detangler and working from the ends to the roots, carefully detangle strands. Create desired parting (front, side, high or low).

6. When hair is completely detangled, apply a styling cocktail that includes a mixture of leave-in conditioner and/or styling cream or mousse.

If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, you may wish to apply a straightening balm or defrisant.

Note: If your hair requires extra hold you may wish to apply a styling glaze and/or gel in addition to a leave-in product.

7. Use a blow dryer set on medium heat and a large flat paddle brush. Separate hair into 2-4 inch sections with one hand as you direct the heat down the shaft from the roots to the ends with the blow dryer.

8. Continue to work completely around your head from side to side working with individual sections until the entire head has been completely dried and straightened.

9. Brush hair smoothly back from your forehead using the boar's bristle paddle brush. If necessary use a flat iron to remove and bends, wrinkles or other unwanted texture.

Side View of French Twist Style

10. Use your fingers to gather hair into a loose ponytail with the base situated at the nape of your neck.

Note: Do not anchor the ponytail with a bungee, Blax or elastic band. This will alter the shape of the twist. Encircle & hold the base of the newly formed pony with your thumb and index finger of your right hand.

11. Hold the base of the ponytail in your left hand. With your right, hold its end up, pointing toward the ceiling.

12. With your left hand, twist the pony hair in a clockwise direction lifting the pony hair up towards the ceiling as you continue to twist hair. Continuing twisting the pony hair until it forms a hair roll.

Note: If your hair is exceptionally long or thick, you may need to fold the hair over to form two rolls. Blend the two rolls into one before pinning into place against the scalp.

13. Create a "seam" by tucking bobby pins along either side of the twist where the hair roll meets your scalp starting at the bottom.

14. Place bobby pins all along both seams up to the top of the roll, concealing them just under the roll.

Front & Side View of French Twist Style

15. When hair has been completely pinned and is ready to be finished, spray the entire head with a firm hold hairspray.

16. Finish with a light spritz of hairspray and a light application of shine spray or drops carefully palmed over the top of the waves to prevent them from getting too much product which can make hair greasy or oily. Remember, a little goes a long way.

17. Attach desired hair accessories such as a single flower, jeweled accent clips or barrettes.

18. This style looks stunning with either a strapless gown to show off your shoulders or a halter top gown, as shown above.


The classic French twist, elegant and sleek, is perfect for special Prom and Party Hair events.

The modern French twist, a flirty modification to the classic, is good for cocktail parties, work or a night out on the town.

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Original Publication Date: 11/03/2006 - Revised Publication Date: 02/04/11

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