Emily Loftiss, of Loftiss Says…, is a style and beauty maven who can take even the worst fashion debacle and make it a winning situation—who else could turn an old, too-small dress into an awesome style find from your own closet? This week, she’s telling us her top shopping picks for the holidays, her 5-minute trick to scoring gorgeous night out makeup, and more.
I am obsessed with finding new ways to do my hair. As a former Rockette I’ve done my hair in a French twist probably over 5,000 times—so I asked my friend Yann, owner of Varin salon in Manhattan, to help me take this classic look to a stylish, chic new level!
Let’s get started: Take a section of hair in from the front of your head and put it in a large velco roller. (My blonde streaks are in the front so I definitely want them to be highlighted). Now get that teasing comb ready—start right behind the roller and section-by-section tease the hair. I have somewhat fine hair and look how large it is before we even begin pinning! This is all prep work so don’t worry, you can’t mess it up.
Now you’re going to create three sections of hair around your forehead. The roller in front is section one. Then the side rollers are sections two and three. Right at the crown of the head just behind the front roller, make a loose “bump” with your hair. Since it’s already teased it will roll into itself. Keep it in place with pins. This does not have to be perfect, it’s to give structure to the hair.
Now take one side of your loose hair and fold it in a roll to start the twist. I like starting with the right side first.
Next bring in the left side. Voila! The French Twist is made and you’re halfway done. Hint: Make sure your twist feels secure at this point. Take the extra time to pin it properly.
Now that the sides are pinned and ready, its time to go back to the bump and perfect. Use your teasing comb and pins to make sure it looks even and smooth.
Here’s the fun part—grab section two and three, and pin them into the twist. (There are my blonde streaks!) This is all to make the look appear professional and is what will set your style apart. Lastly, unroll the curler in front and decide if you want a middle or side part, then let it fall around of pin into the sides of your head as needed.
The finished look! It’s supposed to look effortless and somewhat unkempt. Keep the fly aways, this makes it look sexy and not like you got your hair done for a wedding.
I am seriously in love with this look. I adore the height in the back, how it shows off the different dimensions of my hair color, and how it’s still a French twist but doesn’t feel restricting.
Here I am later that night for the Christmas windows reveal at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue. I can’t tell you how many compliments I received. Do yourself a favor and go practice this look. You will not be sorry. Happy Twisting!
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