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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

What are your favourite hairstyles for travelling?

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  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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