How to Get Blake Lively's Messy French Twist

Blake Lively (Getty Images)

Blake Lively (Getty Images)
I loved Blake Lively's slightly disheveled 'do at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards ceremony, so I finally decided to see if the look could be replicated. Imprecise styling and messy textures are hallmarks of doable DIY options, so I thought it just might work.

Even though I don't have Blake's luxuriant mane or her hair's length, my tresses seemed adequate for creating something similar. So, here are my 10 simple steps for duplicating the 'do followed by a short video showing how I replicated the style.

1. Begin with backcombing. Don't be afraid—just grab a brush or a comb and get in there.

2. Mist the backcombed areas with a light, medium or flexible-hold hairspray. I used Sebastian Shaper.

3. Draw out a few quarter-inch strands along the temples.

4. Sweep the rest of the hair back and to one side.

5. Insert a border of bobby pins running vertically from the nape of the neck to the crown.

6. Create a twist over the bobby pin border beginning at the nape of the neck and working up to the crown. (If you've never attempted a French twist before, this step usually requires a little bit of patience.)

7. Secure the newly created French twist by inserting u-shaped hair pins near the scalp.

8. Incorporate any strands that may have fallen out during the twisting process by simply pinning them into the 'do.

9. Adjust the style with your hands—push it around and shape it until you get the desired effect and throw in a few more hair pins wherever the twist might feel loose.

10. Mist with more hairspray (maxiumum-hold, if needed) to finish the style.

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