Easy travel hairstyle how-to: The Twist and Pin updo

Hair Romance's easy twist & pin updo

The following is an easy travel hairstyles tip from the fabulous Christina Butcher, otherwise known as the hair behind Hair Romance.

Hair Romance - easy twist & pin updo for curly hair
Hair Romance – easy twist & pin updo for curly hair
When you’re travelling, it can seem easier to just throw your hair up in a ponytail and forget about it.

This Twist & Pin hairstyle will change your mind.

It’s much easier to create than it looks, and will have everybody asking, “How did you do that?”

It’s perfect for those days when your natural curls are looking more than a little messy. It works in straight hair too.

You can pin your hair up in less than two minutes to create this simple style.

The Twist & Pin is a great way to hide your “second-day hair” when you don’t have time to wash it.

All you need to pack are some bobby pins to do this updo.

Hair Romance -  curly Twist Pin updo

How to get the look

  • Start by taking a one-inch section of hair near your left temple and twist it around your finger. Twist it around into a mini bun at the back of your head and pin in place with a bobby pin.
  • Repeat with a section from the right side, and twist and pin in place. It helps to twist with one finger, and then use your other index finger to hold the twist down so you can make the bun.
  • Continue twisting and pinning your hair across into mini buns at the back of your head. Try and keep the sections even, so you have evenly-sized twists.
  • Finish the style by pinning the final sections of hair at the nape of your neck.
Hair Romance - Keep your curls under control - easy twist & pin updo
Hair Romance – Keep your curls under control – easy twist & pin updo

This hairstyle is infinitely customizable to your hair, so adjust it to suit you. Place your part where it sits naturally or pull all your hair back. If you have bangs/fringe, you can leave them out or pin them loosely to the side.

The Twist & Pin also keeps your hair out of your way if you’re backpacking. Nothing worse that getting your hair caught under your bag straps – ouch!

For more Twist & Pin inspiration, check out Hair Romance’s 30 Days of Twist & Pin Hairstyles. This easy to follow ebook contains over 35 picture tutorials to help you create new hairstyles every day.
30 Days of Twist and Pin Hairstyles

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions


  1. Melissa says

    I wish I could do these hairstyles, but with my straight, fine hair it never looks right. Plus, I’ve never really learned to master the bobby pin. Guess I better get practising!

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