How to Create a Rope Braid

Thursday, April 3, 2014
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The nautical craze in fashion is super fun. I’m loving all the stripes, boat neck collars, and nautical motifs. So, I got to thinking, “What would be a good hairstyle to compliment this trend?” Ropes and sailor’s knots came to mind and inspired this post.

Rope braids are really pretty and are super easy to create. In just a few minutes, you can transform a boring ponytail into a pretty twisted style reminiscent of heavy rope. Once you know how to create the braid, they can be worn as is or twisted into a bun for a quick and easy updo. For a nautical knot-inspired updo, visit this tutorial on Babble.

The step-by-step instructions on how to create a rope braid and a video to make it crystal clear are after the jump.

Simple Rope Braid

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1. Start by gathering your hair into a ponytail at your nape and secure it with a small hair band. I've used a yellow band so you can see it better but you may wish to use a clear band or one that matches your haircolor.

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2. Run some pomade through your ponytail to make it easier to work with. I used Alterna Bamboo Shape Moldable Texture Paste.

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3. Divide the ponytail into two equal sections.

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4. Twist each section. It is important to twist your sections in the SAME direction. I'm twisting to the right.

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5. Cross the right twist over the left. If you twisted your sections to the left, you will need to cross the left over the right.

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6. Repeat but twisting again to the right and crossing the section that is now on the right over the one that is now on the left.

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7. Continue twisting to the right, and crossing the strand on the right over the left.

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8. When you reach the end, tie off with a hair band.

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As a fun way to decorate the rope braid, you can wrap some string around the base and at the end to hide your bands.

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Or twist the braid into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

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Visit Babble to learn how to create this nautical knot updo.

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