Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lesson 77: French Hawser Twist

I don't actually know what this is called...  It is a hawser twist, but you add hair with each cross like a french braid, but a french twist is a completely different style, so I'll just call it a french hawser twist.  Before you try this one, make sure you know how to do a simple hawser rope twist.
There are lots of things you can do with this technique, but for today, just start by parting the hair down the middle like pigtails.  Keep one side out of the way with a clip or hairband while you work with the other side.  Pull up a section at the top of the head and split it into two with the division perpendicular to the center head part so that both pieces have a space touching the forehead.  Twist them both toward the face, and then cross the higher one over the other toward the back of the head.
Cross the lower over the first one toward the back of the head.
Add some hair to the strand that is now lower.  You will be taking hair that is both below the twist and above, but the hair that is above will be hanging down behind the twist.  When you french braid, you gather one side then the other, but here you are taking hair from both sides at the same time.  After you add the hair in, twist it in with the rest (toward the face), and then cross it over the top.
Continue in this pattern, adding hair to the lower strand, twisting it in, and crossing it over until you get to the bottom and have no hair left to add in.
Finish off with a simple hawser rope, and then fasten it with a hairband.
Repeat on the other side.
For a variation, you can tie the two together at the base of the neck...
...and then wrap them around into a bun.  Tuck in the ends and pin in place.


  1. ending it as a bun just look amazing. I really like it

  2. when i finish it and tie it it just rolls up again
    what should i do ??

    1. Make sure that you are twisting the two strands in the opposite direction that you are twisting them together. I'm not really sure what you are describing is happening, but if you email a picture, maybe I can figure out what is going on.