Easy Rope Braid

Easy rope braid (click-through for the full tutorial) When I had red hair, my nieces pointed out a similarity to Anna from Frozen. Between my color change, this hair style, and dress, I think I’ll be getting Elsa comparisons next time they see me! The Elsa look was completely accidental, I promise!

Rather than being an ice queen, I think rope braids are one of the best summer hairstyles. They’re easy and quirky and perfect around your face if you have bangs/a fringe – I find my bangs won’t stay in most braids, but the rope braid twists keep them in place and out of my face no matter how hot the day gets.

Step One: Start with clean, brushed hair with a deep side part.

Easy rope braid (click through for the full tutorial)Step Two: Take a small section towards the top of your part and divide this into two pieces.

Step Three: Twist the two pieces in the same direction. (When you take two sections in two hands, you’ll automatically twist them in opposite directions. So don’t do that!) I like to twist my sections forwards towards the front of my face.

Step Four: Cross the sections over each other in the opposite direction from your twist; if you twisted towards the front of your face, then cross them away from your face.

Step Five: Add small pieces of hair to both of your sections and twist them in the same direction again (i.e. towards the front of your face).

Step Six: Cross the two sections in the opposite direction again (towards the back of your head).

Step Seven: Keep repeating the steps, adding small pieces of hair to both sections before each crossing. When you reach the ends of your hair, tie it off with a small elastic.

Step Eight: Pancake/pull your braid a bit starting at the top and working your way down to give the braid more volume.

Easy rope braid (click-through for the full tutorial)The only “trick” to a rope braid is to use two sections and twist them in the same direction and then cross them in the opposite direction. It’s very easy when you get the hang of it; easier than regular braids I think!

Once you’ve learned the trick, there are several different ways to use rope braids – twisted milkmaid braids, a twisted crown braid, a twisted ponytail, etc.

They’re all perfect styles for summer, keeping your bangs out of your face, and mine always hold up in heat and activity making them the best hairstyle for a day at the beach. Cheers, Rebecca.

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Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. 

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  • Looks awesome . The twist braid looks good on her. love the style and the step by step method to make it easy . For more hair style’s go here . http://www.beautyepic.com/hair-styles/

  • This looks great, looking forward to trying it out myself. Nice for the summer I think!

  • So so pretty!! That kind of hairstyle is so full of charm i’m a big fan of any kind of braid <3

  • Love this so much 🙂
    We have a speciel bread i DK look like this.
    Have a great summertime 🙂

  • I really love all the braids you show us!!!It’s like the only time I really wish I had long hair to try them on :p

  • It looks so cute 🙂 The only problem is you eed a lot of hair for this. It would not work with mine 🙁

  • I tried it today and it turned out great! and I have a curly hair…
    Thank you for the tutorial 🙂

  • Such a cute hair do! Looks great on you =o)


  • So beautiful…love the tutorial


  • Was going to say the same! The braid is beautiful, but this tutorial is awful.

  • It’s by Samantha Pleet 🙂 although it’s a few seasons old http://samanthapleet.com/collections/viewall

  • This is such a pretty hair style

  • You, hair, hairstyle, photos – everything all so pretty! thank you!

  • I agree, it’s not a clear picture to me either. Love to be able to do it though.

    Chrissy | Crashbeauty.com

  • I’m sorry but “twisting” in the same direction and then “crossing” in the opposite direction makes no sense at all to me!!! I’d love to try this style because I have curly hair and regular braids just get frizzy. Could you do a video of this style or have more in depth pictures? I’m just really not getting it.

    • I (sadly) have to agree with you. It confused the dickens out of me. A video would be amazing !!! Please let me know if a video becomes available , my nieces’ favorite movie is Frozen and I would LOVE to surprise them with the ability to do this braid!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Oh dear… Summink happened! The preview for your blog in The Old Reader has changed, pics aren’t coming through anymore 🙁

  • Love this look! Excited to try it out soon. Thanks for sharing!
    The Newsette HQ

  • I had always thought that it is very complicated! Will try it soon 🙂

    What Sarah Writes

  • Beautiful! I have always wandered how to do the rope braid!

  • I really love your new hair tutorials! I’m definitely gonna try this one!

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