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Elizabeth’s Twisted Updo- By Popular Demand!

By January 27th, 202115 Comments

Elizabeth writes:

Elizabeth's Twisted Updo- By Popular Demand!
Hi Beautiful Ladies!

I’m very honored to be involved with Curly Nikki! I was asked to do a tutorial of the style I submitted for Fierce Friday, so here it is!

This style is best done on detangled, stretched hair that is around 5-7 inches long. Virtually any type of product can be used since hold isn’t a big issue. I like to use Komaza Hair Care’s Shea Lotion.


1 . Part the back of your hair horizontally starting near the top of your ear. You can use the end of a comb to make the parts neat, or just use your fingers. Make three sections (one in the middle) out of that layer. Two-strand twist those sections.

2 . The next horizontal part is made from temple to temple. In the back, starting in the area right behind your ears, make three more sections (one in the middle) right over the bottom three. Next comes a trick I learned to help the aesthetic: make a triangle part at the top of the middle section. You may need to try out different sizes of triangles to see what you like best. This triangle of hair goes with the middle twist. Twist these sections.

3 . There should be leftover sections on the sides. Divide those in half and twist. You should now have six sections in the back, and two on each side.

Elizabeth's Twisted Updo- By Popular Demand!

4 . With the rest of your hair on the top of your head, make four sections and twist.

5 . Now the fun part! You’ll need six small bobby pins. Take the top and bottom twists in the back and cross them over. Pin them wherever they will reach. Mirror this on the other side. Next, take the twist closest to your forehead and the one closest to your temple and pin them behind or near the base of the other twist at the top of your head (on the same side). Mirror this on the other side. Now take two of the four twists the are left and pin them near the base of the upper back twist. Mirror this on the other side.

Elizabeth's Twisted Updo- By Popular Demand!Elizabeth's Twisted Updo- By Popular Demand!
6 . The final step is to twist the back. Take the bottom one in your left hand and the top in your right. Twist them over each other once, tugging at the ends to make sure it’s secure. The back has a tendency to come down. If this happens, just pin one or two of the ends down until your hair is used to being in that twist. To refresh this style, simply de-shed, detangle, and re-twist! I find that re-twisting damp hair at night and then dry twisting (with oil if you like) in the morning helps prolong the style.

This style is ALL about trial and error! The first few times I did it, it wasn’t perfect by any means. Experiment with what works best for you. Maybe even try switching up the number and placement of the sections.

Happy styling!


  • Anonymous says:

    I love this hair style, it's super cute, classy and sophisticated but more importantly it's simple!!!

    I attempted to do this style and my hair looks nothing like the picture but I like it.

  • Nikki R. says:

    I love the due, I did something sorta like this out of frustration and people liked it. However, your twist are larger then the ones I used, I like the fat twist… I will definitely wear this look. Thanks,
    Nikki R.

  • Eve says:

    holy CRAP that's beautiful O__O

  • Unknown says:

    Thanks for posting. I just did a variation of this and it turned out nice!

  • Lynnieluve says:

    I attempted the style but came up with something totally different, LOL, but cute! I wish there were more pics with different angles of the style.

  • Anonymous says:

    Really pretty and thanks for the tutorial. I have been doing this style this week. And I love the simplicity of it. I will try it with some bangs as well next week.


  • summer_days says:

    I've been doing this style for so long it's become my go-to PS! It only lasts me 3 days but that's 3 days I don't have to worry about my hair!

  • peju Adeniran says:

    Ahhh…I love this style, and all the various other modifications of it.
    yes it was at first frustrating in result, until i discovred that one of the key things i was doing wrong was making the twists too tight.
    twists should be done loosely

  • ALENE says:

    Can you also do a video on this please? I'm getting confused with the horizontals, verticals and triangles. Lets just say..I'm more of a visual person. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Lynnieluve says:

    Oooo, I think my hair is long enough to do this style. I may try it this week!!!

  • Tiffany says:

    Love it , will have to try it.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • Jamelle says:

    That's really pretty! I'm going to try that this week-thanks 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Very interesting style!

  • Ardourliene says:

    I like!!! Was trying to put my uneven twists in an updo and I couldn't figure out how to get it to work.. Will be trying this with bangs… (what i was really trying lol)

  • Kandeezie says:

    Oh wow! Gorgeous! I'm going to try that! Maybe with some twisty bangs too.

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