The Rope Braid Side Updo

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Hi there curlies! I hope you’re enjoying summer – unfortunately the weather has been a bit crazy in Switzerland… But it’s supposed to get a lot better this upcoming weekend. So I thought I could try a proper hairstyle for the weekend and ended up with a rope braid side updo. Which I think is the perfect hairstyle for warm summer nights.

 

You can’t braid? No problem, you don’t have to miss out on this hairstyle! Although its name is rope braid it’s not a braid, but it’s actually a twist with two hair strands. So let’s get started..

What you’ll need:

  • about 10 bobby pins
  • maybe 1 small hair tie

Tutorial for the Rope Braid Side Updo

The Rope Braid Side Updo

1. Separate a small section of your curls (from right around your face). The side you’re taking this section from will be the one “pulled” back.

The Rope Braid Side Updo

2. Split this section into two equally big sections (left and right).

The Rope Braid Side Updo

3. Start rope braiding by crossing the front section over the back section

The Rope Braid Side Updo

4. From now on, add new curls to the rope braid every time you cross the front section over the back section. The smaller section in my left hand is the original front section and the bigger one consists of the curls I’m adding to the braid (quite a lot of curls!).

The Rope Braid Side Updo

5. Repeat step 4. and try to “braid” tightly. This way not too many curls will fall out of the braid and if you want it to look bigger, you can still pull your braid when you’re done braiding.

The Rope Braid Side Updo

6. When you reach the back of your head you need to change your arms’ position to continue braiding. When doing so, don’t let go of the two sections.

The Rope Braid Side Updo

7. Continue to repeat step 4.- until the rope braid reaches the other side of your head.

The Rope Braid Side Updo

8. Fix the rope braid with about 4-5 bobby pins. Make sure that you fix it underneath the curls that are supposed to stay out of the braid. If the bobby pins are not enough to fix the braid, you can alternatively use a small hair tie at the end of the braid and just pull it over your shoulder. If your curls are long enough it should stay in place this way.

The Rope Braid Side Updo

9. To finish this hairstyle, I grab a small section from the other side of my parting line and bring it to the back.

The Rope Braid Side Updo

10. Fix the small section with a bobby pin where the braid ends. And tuck the rest of this hair strand into the rope braid.

The Rope Braid Side Updo

11. Done!

The Rope Braid Side Updo

And from the back… If you have any curls falling out of the rope, just fix them with some bobby pins

You should really give the rope braid a try, it’s really easy to do and looks like a complicated hairstyle. I’m already thinking of other hairstyles with the rope braid – I’ll definitely share them with you!

2 Comments
  • Lisa
    August 12, 2016

    Beautiful! I have a question: How do you separate sections without breaking up curls and getting frizz?

  • Rachel
    August 17, 2016

    Love it! I just did this braid on 3rd day curls and just refreshed the loose curls. I have tried a few of your hairstyle suggestions and love them! They are so easy to do and its great to have so different options other then a messy bun! Thanks!

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