Hair Tutorials: The French Twist on Capitol Hill Style. This is one of the best French twist tutorials I've seen. Using this tutorial, I can see how it would be easy to create a twist even with shorter hair.
French twist - A French twist is a common "updo" hair styling technique. It is created by gathering hair in a low ponytail (not secured) and twisting the ponytail upwards until it turns in on itself against the head. It is then secured with pins, clips.