Trying out a French twist! [Spring is coming!]

With the sunshine beaming this weekend, I couldn’t help but think that spring is near! Even though it was still a chill in the air, I was so happy for the blue sky and I was desperate to bust out some springtime outfits!

As you may well know by now, I am forever looking for easy vintage hair-do’s to try, and since the new series of Call The Midwife has been showing on BBC1 on a Sunday evening, I have been itching to try a French twist, ala Shelagh Turner!
There are lots of tutorials on YouTube for this, so there wasn’t one in particular that I followed, but I noticed there are two main ways of doing this – pinning the hair to one side first, to have the bobby pins as a base to the twist, or just twisting and pinning… so I tried the twist and pin way… because it seemed quicker!

My hair was straight and a couple of days dirty (as dirty hair is better for holding vintage styles). I was quite excited to try a French twist just so I didn’t have to curl ALL my hair!
So first of all, I sectioned the front of my hair, to create a bouffant with lots of volume. I teased this whole section, then smoothed with my smoothing brush, some pomade and of course, lots of hairspray.

Once this was all smooth and as desired, I pinned this at the back of my head, and the twist would cover these pins in theory. Then I could start on the twist itself. I gathered my hair in a low ponytail and literally twisted it for a few turns, then turned it up to where the twist should be pinned. I continued twisting until my hair reached the crown of my head and then tucked the rest of the tail into the twist itself – this is where I struggled the most = hiding the rest of the hair, as I have so much of it! I’m not sure if I explained this very well, as it was difficult to photograph what I was doing, but I promise there are some great tutorials to find on YouTube.

It took some finessing, tucking and smoothing, but I am quite pleased with the outcome, for a first time try! I finished with some pomade to smooth the sides and, of course, lots of hairspray. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s a start!

The French twist was seen more in the late fifties and throughout the sixties, I really felt like a 1960’s housewife with this look, I really like it! You could certainly add some more style to the front of the hair instead of just a bouffant type do, but I did enjoy the volume it gave me!

As it was sunny, I raided my wardrobe to see what I might have to match the weather and the springtime vibe and I was so happy with what I found! Mainly a Collectif outfit (no surprise there!) – a blue gingham circle skirt with my lace blouse that has already featured on my blog, with a pink New Look cardigan and New Look white wedges. Oh, and a Lindy Bop petticoat!IMG_9227


Collectif outfit
Paired with some big, slightly cat eyed, pink sunglasses!

I am really into adding belts to outfits at the moment, for a cinched-in waist. It’s just as well this skirt comes with one and some all-important pockets!

Are you feeling that spring is near too? Or is it just me? I think I’m being a bit optimistic as it is still under 10 degrees celcius in the UK, plus now that the weekend has been and gone, it’s back to being grey and miserable!

Published by anchors&swallows

I am a twenty-something vintage lover who is trying to find the time out of work to dress up and feel more glamorous!

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