Braided hairstyles are witnessing a true renaissance moment; a plait that holds a fresh perspective in the midst of the braid craze is the Rope Braid! You are certainly familiar with the old time favorites like the French braid and the Dutch braid, but the “rope” is certainly the road less traveled. Weaving strands of hair with a twisting method as opposed to the more traditional crossover creates a braid that looks like a rope. Rope braided styles work well for all hair types, so check the images below to find a match that is right for you!
Rope Braid Styles
Rope plaits are multi-faceted. They can look plain or intricate, worn down or in updos. The following pictures will give you ideas on finishes for rope plaits and clues on how to introduce them into your favorite updos and half up styles.
#1: Loose 4-Strand Braid
If the length of your hair allows you to experiment with different hairstyles, you must definitely try this voluminous 3D 4-strand rope braid. Not sure you can manage it? Watch youtube video tutorials. They will help you to learn new plaiting techniques and make your style even more interesting.
#2: Updo with 2-Strand Braid and Curls
Rope twist braids provide an excellent opportunity to spice up a well-known, romantic style: the updo. Using the two-strand braid method on freshly curled hair, braid a rope that wraps your head on one side. Pull the ends of the braid and unbraided hair to the crown and secure with bobby pins.
#3: Double Rapunzel Side Braid
Switch up your normal hair routine by trying a style worn by your favorite childhood princess. While this ‘do may look complicated, it essentially involves combining two smaller rope braided plaits into one large 4-strand rope with a wrap at the base of the main braid.
#4: Partial Updo with Small Twists
Need a solution for second day hair? Look no further than a rope twist. What can be easier than twisting two sections of hair on each side and bringing them back to secure with a hair elastic? The freely hanging strands are better left with their natural wave.
#5: Pink Rope Braided Style
Embrace your inner fantasy character by adding a pastel color to your hair to dress up your rope braid, French plait and other fancy styles for girls. On longer lengths, color creates a «wow» effect sure to leave a lasting impression on everyone you meet!
#6: Casual Braided Combination
Combining a few different types of braids in one hairstyle always promises a creative result, especially when you work on highlighted hair. Add a messy finish, gently pulling at the braids for a loose, effortless look.
#7: Simple Ponytail with Braided End
The easiest way to experiment with a rope twist is on a tried and true favorite: the ponytail! This simple style elevates the classic look. Try it styling your hair for your next workout or other vigorous activities to keep hair neat and off your face.
#8: Side Braid for Long Hair
Add some creative flair to the casual rope braid by blending two forehead framing plaits into one and finishing the look as an extra long side braid. You can either braid tightly for a neat, put together look or add flyaways to come up with a chic messy style.
#9: Rope Twist Updo with Accessories
While color is always a great way to upgrade your rope braid styles, it is not the only chance to diversify your looks. Clip in a fun hair accessory like a flower or unusual pin to allow your personal style to shine through. The roll with French rope twists serves as the perfect foundation.
#10: Loose Twist with Hair Wrap
The impressive style you see in this photo doesn’t actually need a tutorial. You’ll easily cope with it yourself or with some help of a friend, even if you don’t have any styling skills. Pay attention to the extra fullness and looseness of the braid. You will need some hair spray to keep the style from falling apart.
#11: Long Hair with Multiple Braids
Adding multiple rope braids to one look is certainly a showstopper! This style is great for those with medium length or long hair and can be achieved in a variety of ways. Simply create rope twists throughout the hair and bring them into one braid or ponytail.
#12: Wavy Bob with Twists
Add interest to a wavy bob by making a few rope twists across the crown. Hide their ends somewhere under the shaggy waves. Make the look your own by experimenting with 3-strand and 4-strand twists.
#13: Rope Twists with Straight Hair
Healthy black hair with bright underlights looks gorgeous even without any styling, but you can always add an interesting twist to your eye-catching locks. Two rope plaits on both sides create a simple and interesting hairstyle you can do yourself within minutes.
#14: Rope and Fishtail Braid
Show off your passion for popular braided styles by combining two of your favorites. There are no limits or rules! If you have the patience, try doing a partial rope braid that transforms into a fishtail.
#15: 3D French Braid
A French braid is a look many of us have worn since grade school. Amp up this old-school favorite by using the 4-strand twisting method. Choose hair ties that match your hair color for a seamless style that is sure to please.
#16: Dramatic Rope Twisted Braid
Pump up the drama of your look with this bold braid style. Reminiscent of the Mohawk, the edgy style is easily achieved by simply pulling all the hair towards the centre of your head and creating a 2-strand twist all the way down. Use bobby pins throughout to keep those stubborn pieces in place if necessary.
#17: Renaissance Braids
A blend of 2-strand- and 4-strand rope braids leads to a truly artful style you can surprise your friends or special someone with. Adorned with pieces of baby’s breath, this can be worn even to a wedding. Creating loose curls with a heated tool and forming four separate twists that lead into one larger braid is what it takes to achieve this old world glamour.
#18: Pastel Colored Updo with Rope Twist
This delicate rope braid hairstyle is lovely and interesting from all angles. It adopts many elements and resorts to different textures along with highlighted hair color, but still doesn’t seem overwhelming.
#19: Rope Braided Updo
Braids are a nice option for maintaining your natural hair healthy, numerous instagram pictures prove this. The next time you need some inspiration for textured hair, try flat twists that form one overlapping halo twist. As an added bonus, undo them the next day for some beautiful no-heat curls.
#20: Black and Brown Senegalese Twists
If you are seeking a protective style to support the health of your natural hair, consider getting rope twist braids. With proper care, they will last for weeks, plus, smaller braids will give you almost the same versatility as straightened hair: wear them half up, pulled into a ponytail or bun, or create a large French braid!
With so many varieties to choose from, figuring out how to do a rope braid is the easy part! This braided style is a unique twist on classic braided looks, and it’s appropriate for many different occasions. Remember, adding accessories or color to your braid styles is a great way to take your style from mundane to a masterpiece!