+ Hairstyles, + Makeup

Two Chic Updo Tutorials for Fall


Long hair can be beautiful, but it can also be so boring.  The longer my hair grows, the more hair tutorials I need.  So I was excited to find a modern-looking, messy French Twist tutorial.  The photo and tutorial are from Maiko Nagao.

To get the look, you need texturizing spray.  The tutorial uses Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray.  I prefer Sexy Hair Spray Clay, but do not use this product unless you plan to wash your hair the next day.


I’m always looking for hairstyle tutorials that look more difficult than they are.  I want my hair to look like it took hours, when it really took ten minutes.  (Hello, hot rollers.)  This hair do from Missy Sue is perfect for that.

This style requires damp hair.  You cannot do it with dry hair and have it turn out.  If your hair is fine like mine, use a concentrator to dry the roots (for volume) and apply a styling gel, like this one from Paul Mitchell.  The gel gives the hair texture, hold and shine. It also helps the twists stay together.

It took me two or three tries to get the twisting right.  This is a hairstyle that you can do blind because it doesn’t need to be perfect.  However, you do need a good quality bobby pin.  My favorite are the MetaGrip pins from Sally Beauty, they have a really good grip.  You can also spray them with a bit of hairspray to give them extra grip if you need it.

Need more tutorials, this Fashionsy post has several awesome options to keep your hair looking great regardless of length or weather.  Because sometimes, you just need to do something different.



  1. JenniferD says:

    Greetings Belle – Kate at The Small Things Blog (just Google it) is a former hairstylist (and salon owner, I think?) who posts many hair tutorials for those with shoulder length or slightly longer hair. Very helpful. Jennifer

    September 11, 2014/Reply
  2. Lacey says:

    I love Kate too, and recently watched a few tutorials from Twist Me Pretty on YouTube – her French Twist blew my mind. Thanks for the ideas!

    September 11, 2014/Reply