How to Create a Hair Twist Updo for Short Hair

By Sherry Brister January 11, 2013 10:08 AM
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How to Create a Hair Twist Updo for Short Hair

Hairstyles that feature hair twists are some of the most elegant and stunning you’ll find. In fact, in my humble opinion these hairstyles are essentially the ultimate in elegance! And the best part is that this simple yet stylish updo can be created in a matter of minutes.

A hair twist is an updo that looks spectacular on pretty much anyone. It does not matter what color hair, skin tone or face shape you have, when you twist hair, your look goes from ordinary to extraordinary. Many people assume that you have to be going somewhere formal to wear one of these updos, but that is certainly not true. Plenty of women are wearing twists to the office, while shopping, or even just lounging around the house. Since they don’t create a permanent crease like a ponytail does, they are perfect for daywear. And as an added bonus you’ll get soft waves from the twist that will last for the evening.

When It All Began

Just as the beehive was inspired by Marie Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour influenced the pomp, this twisting style has a dated history of its own. Hair twists were first acknowledged and documented in France in 1380. Yes, that was a long time ago, and hair twists are still exceptionally popular today. Celebrities like Amanda Seyfried, Marion Cotillard, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Carrie Underwood, Kristen Stewart, Emma Roberts and Christina Aguilera have all been spotted on the red carpet lately boasting a twist hair style. But of course, it was Audrey Hepburn who made this look famous.

Don’t Have Long Hair?

Interestingly, many women assume that you must have hair that’s shoulder length or longer to wear a hair twist, but you don’t. Twists are the perfect option for those with hair that’s a bit shorter as well. You may not get every last strand into the twist, but that’s what pins and hairspray are for!

To create this look with shorter hair, begin by backcombing the sides and crown for a bit of volume. Next, smooth the sides and top (without flattening) by using a paddle brush, working your hair toward the direction of the nape of your neck. Draw what hair you do have into a pony and twist it. Don’t worry about strands that don’t make it into the twist; you can deal with those after. Twist the remaining hair toward the sky, tuck the ends in and twist until it’s tight. Pin where desired.

A tail-comb can be used to poke the hair that doesn’t reach the twist into place. Finish it off with hairspray. Sometimes it is easier to simply let some of the shorter hairs fall naturally rather than fight to put them in place. Twist hair styles don’t always have to be neat; the messy look is just as popular. You can even use a pomade, gloss or light gel to add a bit of texture.

Don’t be afraid to glam up your hair twist, even if you are just heading to the grocery store. It only takes a few seconds to add a decorative hair pin, clip or barrette that will make you feel even more sensational than you already look. Besides, people will think you must have just come from an exciting event to have such great hair!

As I previously mentioned, hair twist updos are some of the most stunning hairstyles available. And the good news is that – contrary to popular belief – you can create this style even with short hair. So no matter how long your hair happens to be, you can still incorporate hair twists into your hairstyle. Good luck and have fun, and check out this resource if you need more info.

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