It’s probably the most widely worn updo style among women with shoulder-length (and longer) hair. It comes in partial-, full- and divided
variants. It can be chic and sleek, wild and free, or soft and seductive. I’m talking of course about the Twist hairstyle; that staple
of the styling arsenal that is employed both when you want to make a classy statement and when you just don’t have time to do anything else with your hair.
Throughout every period in history, the twist has had a place among women’s hairstyles and
has served as a base for many other, more complex styles. Yet, even in its simplest incarnations – unembellished – the twist has some basic variations:
Traditional: This twist – called also a French Twist – involves winding the main portion of the hair from around its mid-point,
inward to the scalp, using the end lengths as “cushion” to fill out the twist.
Non-Vertical: This is a basic twist, but winds the hair in some direction other than left or right to create the style. This is
usually used as a base for a more complex hair style.
Partial: The partial twist is most often used as a base or complement to a more complex hair style and generally involves around half
of the head being used in the twist’s creation. (Pulling the hair from the sides, nape and rear half of the crown into a twist and
arranging the top and forward half of the crown into pin curls is a traditional up-style of 1950s Hollywood.)
Divided: This twist style involves the creation of dual partial twists from the division of the hair into two separate sections. The
hair is then wound into individual twists according to the plan of the overall style. The divisions can be equal, or could be literally
any proportion, but should use all of the hair between the two twists.
Seen here, Hollywood actresses Kate Beckinsale and Kelly Rutherford sport twist hairstyles,
yet their looks are very different. Kate’s twist is a loosely wound partial twist, with the top and forward portion of the crown
section left loose to drape along the sides of the head. This creates a tousled and ravished look that is flattering and sexy. Kelly,
on the other hand, is showing herself in a more conservative light – her no-nonsense twist hugging close and tightly wound. It is a
great look for a woman who wants to give a professional image and focus on her face.