Put hair into a ponytail and secure with band. Section tail into two equal parts.
In the pictures I am using my right hand. If you are left handed you can follow the same instuctions. Taking one section of hair, twist the hair towards your face.
Cross the twisted section of hair over the top of the non-twisted hair. Change hand positions so that the hand you started to twist with now holds the untwisted hair. You only need to twist on one side.
Twist the new section of hair towards your face.
Again, cross the section over the other section of hair. If you cross the hair under the section of hair this will not work! However, if you twist away from your face, you must cross under. Just pick the twisting method easiest for your hands, and remember this rule: towards your face you must cross over, away from your face you must cross under. If you are doing this correctly you will see a nice rope-like effect... if not, it will just look like twisted hair.
Continue until you reach the ends of your hair. I like to leave several inches free. Secure with a band.
The French Rope method works the same way as the tail rope braid, only you will be adding secions of hair to both sides of your braid before twisting.
Begin your braid as you would the pony version, only using two small sections at the center front of your hair line. Twist one section towards your face, crossing over the other section.
Before moving on, you must add a small section of hair from your sides. I like to use my thumb as shown in this picture to scoop up a section of hair. My thumb and middle finger hold one strand while my pointer finger holds the second strand, leaving my left hand free to scoop up the new section of hair.
Once I've scopped up my hair section, I lift my pointer finger allowing the twisted section of hair to fall into my scooped up portion. At this point you'll need to trade hand positions and do the same thing on the other side. Unlike other french styled braids where you add a section of hair and cross over, then work on the other side, you ALWAYS add both sections of hair to both sides before twisting. Once you had added hair to both sides, twist again on your chosen twisting side (my right) and cross over.
I use my middle or pointer finger to hook the other section of hair to make crossing over easier.
Continue to add section and twist until you've reached the ends.
Here I've use a single cross over, normally I like to add sections of hair then cross the hair and cross it again. I do this each time until I reach the tail section where I rope as usual. This makes the rope effect stand up more on crown area.
If you think your hair is too short to use the rope braid, think again! Mini-ropes can add definition and style to any length of hair. Twist a mini-rope and secure with a tiny barrete on the side. Use multiple mini ropes to add a style effect to your hair when wearing it down, as is seen here on my sister's hair. I think she always looks so good when she does this. She will often zig-zag part her hair down the center, then do the ropes to set off the part. Play around and have fun!
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