French Twist Instructions

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French Twist Instructions

French Twist Instructions

The following steps will take you through the process of a French Twist using Hare Do.

Mist the Hair with Water

Mist the Hair with Water

Mist the hair with water, apply more to the ends.

Comb the hair smooth.

Extend the Hare Do lengthwise and slide the excess fabric (equally) to both ends forming rosettes.

Slide Hare Do Under Hair

Slide Hare Do Under Hair

Slide the Hare Do under the hair and hold the rosette ends in both hands.

Dominant Hand:

The instructions below are written for a left handed person.

Reverse the hands in the following steps below if you are right handed.

Fold the Hare Do in half and lay the two rosettes on top of each another (evenly) at the right side of the head.

The left hand holds the rosette end at this side of the head as the other hand combs the droopy hair smooth between the two strands.

The dominant hand (left or right) provides a better grip to twist the folded end.

Left Handed:

The folded end will be held with this hand.

Your right hand grips the rosette end.

Right Handed:

The folded end is held with the right hand.

The left hand grips the rosette end.

Tight Against the Scalp

Tight Against the Scalp

Grasp the folded and rosette ends in each hand placing the Hare Do's strands against the nape of the neck.

Tips:

Make sure the hair lays smooth between the strands before starting.

Twist in the Same Direction

Twist in the Same Direction

Both hands twist the folded and rosette ends in the same direction (underhand) 1 time clamping the hair.

Twisting Directions:

Folded End:

Form a loop (hole):The thumb pushes the bottom of the loop as the index finger pulls the top open.

Rosette End:

The thumb pushes the bottom rosette as the index fingertip pulls the top rosette forming a handle to twist.

Tips:

Always grip the Hare Do at these two ends.

Twist 1 Time Again

Twist 1 Time Again

Retwist the folded and rosette ends in the same direction (underhand) 1 time again.

Retwisting Directions:

Folded End:

The middle fingertip holds and pulls the top of the loop.

Move the thumb pushing the bottom of the loop as the index fingertip pulls the top loop open again.

Rosette End:

The middle fingertip holds and pulls the top rosette.

Move the thumb pushing the bottom rosette as the index fingertip pulls the top rosette again.

Tips:

The two ends make handles to easily twist.

Twisting with three fingers takes practice.

Slide Outward

Slide Outward

Both hands slide the two ends away from the head (outward).

Hair Length Outward Direction
Shoulder Blade down (floor)
Middle of Neck down / back
Waist or Longer back / upward

Important:

As you slide, maintain tension on the hair by twisting both ends underhand one-eighth of a turn.

Slide the Hare Do as low as you can reach (down and back).

Keep Sliding Outward

Keep Sliding Outward

Keep sliding both ends away from the head (outward).

Important:

As you slide, maintain tension on the hair by twisting both ends underhand one-eighth of a turn.

The lower you slide (down and back) the easier and smoother the hair rolls.

Keep your fingers at the two ends.

Stop Halfway to Three-Quarters

Stop Halfway to Three-Quarters

Keep sliding and STOP with a quarter of a twist at halfway to three-quarters of the hair length.

Hair Length Outward Direction
Shoulder Blade 1/2 from end
Middle of Neck 1/2 from end
Waist or Longer 1/2 from end

Important:

As you slide, maintain tension on the hair by twisting both ends underhand one-eighth of a turn.

Twist in the Same Direction

Twist in the Same Direction

Both hands twist the folded and rosette ends in the same direction (underhand) 1 time rolling the hair.

Twisting Directions:

Folded End:

The middle fingertip holds and pulls the top of the loop.

Move the thumb pushing the bottom of the loop as the index fingertip pulls the top loop open again.

Rosette End:

The middle fingertip holds and pulls the top rosette.

Move the thumb pushing the bottom rosette as the index fingertip pulls the top rosette again.

Important:

As you twist, gently pull back on the hair applying tension for a smooth hair roll.

Rotate Both Ends Vertically

Rotate Both Ends Vertically

Rotate both of the ends one-quarter turn counter-clockwise as you retwist in the same direction (underhand) 1 time rolling the hair.

Twisting Directions:

Hand Position:

Hold the Hare Do's strands eight inches from the hair.

Loops (holes):

Form loops (holes):

Both hands thumb pushes the bottom strand as the index fingertip pulls the top loop open.

Important:

As you twist, gently pull back on the hair applying tension for a smooth hair roll.

If you pinch the loops (holes) flat the Hare Do's will not work properly.

The loops allow the fingers and thumb to twist.

Twisting Hints

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Maintain the vertical position and retwist both of the ends in the same direction (underhand) rolling the hair.

Twisting Directions:

Hand Position:

Hold the Hare Do's strands eight inches from the hair.

Loops (holes):

Form loops (holes):

Both hands thumb pushes the bottom strand as the index fingertip pulls the top loop open.

Important:

As you twist, gently pull back on the hair applying tension for a smooth hair roll.

If you pinch the loops (holes) flat the Hare Do's will not work properly.

The loops allow the fingers and thumb to twist.

Keep Twisting Vertically

Keep Twisting Verticall

Maintain the vertical position and retwist both of the ends in the same direction (underhand) rolling the hair.

Twisting Directions:

Hand Position:

Hold the Hare Do's strands eight inches from the hair.

Loops (holes):

Form loops (holes):

Both hands thumb pushes the bottom strand as the index fingertip pulls the top loop open.

Important:

As you twist, gently pull back on the hair applying tension for a smooth hair roll.

If you pinch the loops (holes) flat the Hare Do's will not work properly.

The loops allow the fingers and thumb to twist.

Keep Twisting Verticall

Keep Twisting Verticall

Keep the vertical position and retwist both ends in the same direction (underhand) rolling the hair.

Important:

As you twist, gently pull back on the hair applying tension for a smooth hair roll.

Tips:

Thin / medium weight hair is easier to roll.

Thick hair requires more practice.

Stop Twisting when Tight

Stop Twisting when Tight

Keep twisting both strands and STOP when the hair is rolled tight against the back of the head.

Hair Length Number of Twists
Shoulder Blade 4 to 5
Middle of Neck 5 to 7
Waist or Longer 7 to 10

Important:

One to three extra twists for a more firm hair roll.

(Personal Preference)

Three extra twists for thick heavy hair.

If neck hair is pulling unroll the hair just one-half twist.

Bend the Folded End

Bend the Folded End

Hold the rosette end steady as the other hand bends the folded end straight upward along the left side of the twist.

Bend the Folded End

Bend the Folded End

Bend the rosette end straight downward along the left side of the French Twist.

Important:

Lay the rosette end against the hair with the folded end crossing on top of it forming an "X".

Recommended:

Short unrolled hair sticks out through the twist.

Gather them with your fingers and place behind the "X" (hold as one).

It's easier to tuck them in now than later.

Hold the Strands

Hold the Strands

Don't Let Go!

The left hands fingertips and thumb hold the crossed Hare Do strands (as one).

The right hand bends the tip of the folded end toward the head pushing it up through and wrapping all the way around the crossed strands.

Important:

Pinch the tip against the strands locking the twist in place.

The folded end forms a knot that holds and supports the twist.

Untwist Rosette Ends

Untwist Rosette Ends

Hold the twist steady as you untwist the two rosettes to straighten them.

Scruch the Rosette

Scruch the Rosette

Hold the twist steady as you roll the tip of the top rosette in a tight ball on the left side of the French Twist.

Scruch the Rosette

Scruch the Rosette

Hold the twist steady as you roll the tip of the bottom rosette in a tight ball on the left side of the French Twist.

The two rosettes form a decorative bow on the side of the French Twist.

Pinch to Shape the Twist

Pinch to Shape the Twist

Pinch and squeeze the French Twist with one hand to shape its form.

Important:

Reposition the bow on the side of the twist covering the knot which holds and supports the French Twist.

Tuck Short-Flyaway Hair

Tuck Short-Flyaway Hair

Tuck short-flyaway and droopy hair up underneath the twist.

Important:

Bobby pins, butterfly clips and hair pins clasp uncontrollable hair.

Conceal the bobby pins by sliding up underneath the twist.

If unrolled hair stick out under the twist tuck and push them up underneath the twist.

Tips:

Hair spray or styling gel works great for a final touch.

Your Done!

Your Done!

Congratulations you have now created the French Twist!

Benefits:

What a fantastic new look which quickly changes the style of your hair in just half of a minute!