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Sweet twist and pin variation

This is another of my favourite twist and pin updos. It’s deceptively simple to do and looks both sweet and stylish.
Like the French roll twist and pin, this is a great hairstyle for when you are don’t have time to dry your hair. You can easily do this style in wet hair and it will dry with a nice wave in the ends. You can even cheat by just blowdrying the top of your hair to keep it smooth. This hairstyle will hide the rest away in these sweet twists on the nape of the neck. This updo is also perfect for a second (or third!) day blowdry.
Hair product tips


  • Starting with wet hair? Run some Moroccan Oil through your hair from midlenths to your ends.
  • If your hair is a little dry you may want to use a serum to smooth down any flyaways.
  • A spritz of hairspray will make it last all day.


Step by step


  1. Part your hair on the side.
  2. Take a small section of hair at the left behind your ear and twist and pin on your neckline.
  3. Do the same twist and pin behind your right ear and pin on your neckline.
  4. Then separate the rest of your hair into equal sections and repeat, twisting into little buns and pinning on the nape of your neck.


Through many attempts I found that if you do the left and right first, it’s easier to keep a straight line. If you start at one side you tend to go up and it’s hard to keep the sections even. This hairstyle looks best if you have hair all one length or long layers. It will be hard to style with short layers unless you use a lot of product.
As always I recommend using good hair pins in the same colour as your hair.
Have you tried this style? Tweet me a pic or tag Hair Romance on Facebook. Drop me a comment below to let me know how you go.

French roll twist and pin how to

French rolls were a huge trend on the red carpet so far this season and here’s a twist & pin version I’ve been wearing for a while.

I love this hairstyle for when I don’t have time to blowdry my hair. It’s easy to do in wet hair and means my hair dries smoothly with a nice wave through it. This is another fabulous hairstyle for after the gym in the morning as a great work hairstyle.

This is my third day hair after a brilliant style by the Follicle Oracle so this is also great hairstyle to hide the kinks and get another wear out of your straight hair.

  • Starting with wet hair? Run some Moroccan Oil through your hair from midlenths to your ends.
  • If your hair is a little dry you may want to use a serum to smooth down any flyaways.

Step by step

  1. Pin back your fringe, or the front section of your hair. I like a little bit of height but not too much of a bump.
  2. Taking a section from each side of your hairline and bring together into a twist at the back of your head.
  3. Twist the section around your finger and pin into a small bun
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all your hair is twisted and pinned into a line.

Today I did four twists but that’s the beauty of the Twist & Pin, there are endless variations. Try up to seven twists for this style.

Have you tried this style? Tweet me a pic or tag Hair Romance on Facebook. Drop me a comment below to let me know how you go.

NYFW Runway to Reality – alice + olivia – How to get the look

alice + olivia’s spring showing at NYFW looked like a secret garden landscape. Love the bright 1960s beach colours mixed with other more subtle pieces, like a gold beaded dress with a nod to the 1920s.

There were two hair looks for the collection, to reference the two sides to the alice + olivia spring range and Thomas Dunkin, Lead stylist for Sebastian Professional shares how to get the look.

alice + olivia – the side-sweep hairstyle
alice + olivia – the side-sweep hairstyle

Look 1 – the side-sweep

  1. On damp hair, apply Potion 9 from root to tip. Spritz Volupt Spray on entire head, focusing at the roots, and blow-dry with a large round brush

  2. Set hair in large velcro rollers and clip to cool

  3. Once cool, remove rollers and run fingers through the curls to loosen them up

  4. Apply a liberal amount of Potion 9 to separate the hair. Create a loose side part, putting into place with fingers and pulling hair down and forward, tuck and secure into a section at the back

  5. Take random 3 inch sections and twist until happy with a placement that softens the face and gives added volume

  6. Finish the look with Re-Shaper hairspray for long-lasting hold

alice + olivia – the high bun

Look 2 – the high bun

  1. On damp hair, spray entire head with Potion 9 Lite for lightweight hold and manageable styling, then blow-dry completely with a round brush

  2. Once the hair is completely dry, gather hair into a high, tight ponytail at the crown. To keep this look smooth and sleek, comb back from the hairline to the base of the ponytail while spraying Shaper Fierce for maximum hold

  3. Secure ponytail and carefully wrap around a donut hair piece, keeping hair very tight with your hands as you go. Secure pieces to the donut with fine pins as you wrap the entire length of the ponytail into a precise and polished bun

  4. Finally, spritz the hair with Re-Shaper hairspray for a look that lasts

I love both these looks and think they are easy styles to steal. In fact, the side sweep looks a lot like my Day 1 of my 30 Hairstyles in 30 Days challenge. I’m often asked if you can do my hairstyles with longer or shorter hair, which you definitely can and maybe need to vary the style accordingly. I think this side sweep hairstyle shows a great way to do the Twist & Pin with long hair.

Day 1 of the 30 Hairstyles in 30 Days – Twist & Pin to the side

The high bun is a hairstyle classic. Depending on how you style it it can be princess-like or beachy cool. Here’s my recent take on the high bun. 

My version of the high bun – my go-to holiday hair

On holiday, my go-to hairstyle is the high bun and I wore my hair this way to my friends’ wedding in Greece. Orange is always one of my favourite colours and my orange obsession is right on trend at the moment. I’m wearing Marvela Elle Orange nailpolish, ring from H&M, Topshop dress and my sunglasses are vintage.

Which of these two looks do your prefer? Will you be taking these runway hairstyles into reality? Do you have a go-to hairstyle on holidays? And how happy are you that orange is everywhere?

Turn your scarf into a turban

As I was buying another necklace from Galejade’s etsy shop I popped over to her lovely blog and spotted this gorgeous turban tutorial from the French etsy blog.

I am not taking my Parlux on holidays with me (shock! I know!) so will be rocking out lots of Twist & Pin styles as well as hats. This scarf turban is fabulous and I know I will be wearing this today.

There’s also another turban tutorial here from DIY queen Honestly…WTF.