100 Pleats, 100 Days

A 100 Day Challenge, 1 French Pleat at a time…


December 2015

Variety is the Spice of Life

Hello Pleaters, today is Official Day 85! Can you believe it?

As you’re all such experienced, practiced pleaters now, I wanted to throw you a little curve-ball for this weeks challenge.

At least once this week, I’d love to see you make a chignon, bun or topknot with your hair. You can use any accessories you like, but to get the most out of this little practice, I would say try a U Pin/Fork/Hair Stick, and don’t use an elastic to hold it in place.

Don’t panic! Everything you’ve learned about your hair, and how to make a secure French Pleat over the last 85 days is going to come in handy for this.

The technique to create a secure bun or chignon without an elastic is *exactly* the same as the one you’ve learned to make a pleat.

Here’s a few pictures to show you how:

  1. Gather your hair into a ponytail. This can be low down by your neck, mid-way up the head, or even up on your crown; wherever you start will end up being the centre of your bun, so keep that in mind.
    Photo on 14-12-2015 at 16.21
  2. Hold the head-end of the ponytail in place with one hand, and twist your hair with the other.
    Photo on 14-12-2015 at 16.22
  3. (If this was a pleat, this is where you’d fold it up against your head) Instead, using the hand that was holding the head-end of the tail in place, allow the twisted tail to wrap around itself. It should look like half a doughnut at this point!
    Photo on 14-12-2015 at 16.22 #2
  4. Using up the length of your hair, keep wrapping the hair around itself in a spiral.
    Photo on 14-12-2015 at 16.22 #3
  5. Tuck the ends underneath the spiral of hair, and above the same section, catch a small bit of hair from the top of the spiral.
    Photo on 14-12-2015 at 16.23
  6. Using the same motion that you would for a pleat, turn the stick over, and push it through the body of the bun. (slippery hair tip: I like to wiggle it a bit in a sewing motion to make sure I catch a lot of my ‘wraps’. As my hair is super-slidy, this helps support the style throughout the day)
    Photo on 14-12-2015 at 16.23 #2


The really important thing to make this style work is where you put your ends. To firmly secure these in place, you need to put your accessory of choice in over the top of them, as the ‘back-scoop’ motion traps them between your accessory and your head.

It may take some practice to get them where you want them to end up, but it’s worth the effort.

I’ll be in touch with everyone individually this week, it’ll be the last time I let you know where you are, and if need be, how many pictures you need to send in to be on target.

Remember, if you need a helping hand, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Ring me on the Hair Clip Phone on 01732 883820, or send me an email at

I hope you’re having a great week!


Neat as a Pin. A U Pin, that is…

U Pins (sometimes called old fashioned pins, or amish pins) have been around for centuries. They’re one of the oldest, and kindest ways to put your hair up.

The fact that we’re still using them today, is a testament to how well they work. After all, I think the saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”!

Following in the footsteps of their horn and bone ancesters, our Sourire French U Pins are our most popular pin style. Brilliant for long hair of all types, these little pins pack a punch.

Click here for more information on our Sourire U Pin.

Here they are in action…

’tis the Season

It’s a brand new week and a brand new month, pleaters. You’re on the home stretch!

Today is day 71, and you’ve got just 29 days of the challenge left.

One of the best things about this challenge for me has been sharing my pleating skills with everyone, and riding along with you. You might have noticed that I like to talk about hair, just a little bit… no?  Well, I do. 🙂

It has been amazing to come into the office every day, and my inbox is filled with comments, questions and pictures from people who are enjoying their hair as much as I am, and I’m so proud of the progress you have made.

So, this is your challenge of the week. I have shared my own tips, and tips from other entrants, and now it’s your turn to pass on the French Pleat love.

This week I challenge you to find a willing guinea-pig friend/co-worker/daughter, and teach them how to make a french pleat.

You may use a picture of their hair as one of your entries for this week. Of course, you can do it for them, and you can use your clips, or theirs – it doesn’t matter what you use, it’s all about passing on the French Pleat Happiness.

I can’t wait to see how you get on!


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