If just hearing the word braid makes you start to sweat, try this easy alternative. While a twist looks as intricate and complicated as its counterpart, it’s much simpler and doesn’t require any extra practice. This style can also be pulled back into a ponytail or done with a side part and only twisted on one side. The simple look keeps hair out of your face and takes only a few minutes, but keeps you looking pulled together all day long. 

Follow These Steps

  1. If your hair is naturally straight or fine, add some waves with a curling iron to add texture and grip.
  2. Spritz on a texturizing spray like Oribe Texturizing Spray ($46; neimanmarcus.com) for added volume and to help your twists stay in place.
  3. Gather a small section of hair just above your temple and tightly twist it away from your face.
  4. Continue twisting until you reach the back of your head, adding in additional small sections as you go.
  5. Secure in the back with a bobby pin.
  6. Repeat the twist on the other side, connecting the two in the back with a bobby pin so that they overlap. Place your bobby pins in “backwards” (the wavy side facing your head) to make them stay in place better.
  7. Bun Version: Using the loose hair from the twists, twirl them into a bun and secure with a bobby pin.
  8. Headband Version: Dress it up by placing a metallic headband on top of the twists.

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