3.28.2012

How To: Inspired by Selena Gomez's Rope Braid

I was looking through pictures of my trip to Hawaii from about 3 years ago, when I found a picture of me at a luau with this rope braid. I had to recreate it for the blog. It's easy and quick, and perfect for spring. This one from Selena Gomez is similar:

T O O L S :
  • hair elastic
  • brush or comb
  • decorative flower or pin (optional)
M E T H O D :
  • Pull your hair to one side--the same side as your bangs, if you have them.
  • Brush out hair and divide in half.
  • Take one half and cross it over the other.
  • Ok, now this is the not-so-difficult part: take one half and twist clockwise. Hold it.
  • Take the other half and twist it counter clockwise. Hold.
  • Now, take one half and cross it over the other, retwisting as needed.
  • Secure with a hair elastic--I used a small clear one. That's it!

T I P S :
  • If done correctly, you'll have a rope braid! Otherwise, the hair will automatically untwist when you secure the elastic.
  • I highly suggest doing this in front of a mirror, so you can make sure each half is being twisted in opposite directions.
  • I had straightened my hair, so my hair doesn't have the volume of Selena's. To remedy this, I'd suggest doing this on wavy hair. Or try a root lifter or volumizing powder too.
  • Add a flower or pin if you like, as I did. It's really easy and takes fewer than 5 minutes! If you try it out, let me see pics!

49 comments:

  1. This is great! I remember how shocked I was the first time I tried this and it didn't unravel! Even without your waves for volume it looks great!

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  2. SO cute! your hair is just so stankin' gorgeous. this is also a katniss look kind of :) and i love the added flower.

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  3. I'm a big fan of fishtail braids, but I'll definitely have to try out the rope braid soon.

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  5. Great post, so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. again, something not applicable for my hair, but it looks nice on you, I'm sure I would get it wrong anyway and it would untwist the next second ;)

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  7. This looks so pretty and I had no idea it was so simple to do until I read this post.

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  8. This looks really easy - I'll try it out. Thanks!

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  9. Oh, my lovely Elle! If I only had your gorgeous hair! You hair is so healthy and long and amazing! Go you!

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  10. oh hey, this is pretty easy and simple! Any maybe my short hair could ever do it, haha. :D

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  11. hair braids are cool! now, i miss my long hair. cool pics dear!

    Babi
    www.whenbabispeaks.com

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  12. So pretty and simple! I'm really liking braids at the moment. You can thank the Hunger Games for that!

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  13. Love it! It's always such a romantic and tropical look.
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  14. That is the sweetest braid ever! you look beautiful in the picture and the coral/peachy shades of makeup look beyond stunning on you. Seriously. :)

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  15. I absolutely love your tutorials!! I'm going to try this bc it looks so great, thanks!

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  16. What a perfect braided style! I've tried this before but like you've mentioned I must have done it the wrong way because it always unravel. Therefore I stick to fish braids and the normal one. Will have to try this again, thanks!

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  17. I've been pulling raids lately so this sounds like the perfect twist (haha...pun!). Whenever I saw this in the past I thought that the twist would unravel but with the method posted, I can see how it would work! Awesome!

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  18. My hair isn't long enough yet, but I did it on Bella and it looks great :)

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  19. Ooh, this is so pretty! I definitely want to start experimenting more with braids this spring and summer.

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  20. I wish I didn't suck at doing my hair so much. I love this look!

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  21. love the addition of that flower! twisty braids are such an easy and cute way to spice up a look!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  22. I love this look! And my hair is almost long enough to do it too :)

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  23. This is perfection! I think I will be adding this to my summer hairstyles. Love it.

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  24. Super Cute. I have to wait till my hair grows out more to do this.

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  25. That actually was super easy. I didn't realize Selena was wearing a rope braid at first, but yours looks really good. Simple and chic.

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  26. Ok, I'm going to try it! Wish me luck. I'm pretty bad at this stuff.

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  27. I almost think that your hair turned out better than hers! Hairstyles like this make me miss my long hair so much!

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  28. I love it! And I agree that yours looks better than Selena's! I'm definitely going to give this a try. Doesn't seem too difficult so maybe I can make it work. :) xoxo

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  29. wow, this looks amazing and you have such beautiful hair. lovely! xo

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  30. What an awesome and surprisingly simple look! Thanks for sharing! xo style, she wrote

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  31. Love this idea! Too bad my hair has too many layers. Even when I do a normal side braid, some hairs just stick out. >:( It vexes me.

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  32. this is a nice change to a regular braid :) Your's turned out really well, I'll have to try it!

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  33. One of my fave tutorial of yours, Elle:) This braid style is just perfect!

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  34. Wow...love it. Trying this tomorrow! Thanks!

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  35. You are so talented with this stuff. I just can't do it! I tried and tried and failed :(

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  36. I am gonna try this tomorrow for work, great idea!

    xo Nav
    http://navlandstyle.blogspot.ca/

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  37. Great tutorial! It looks so pretty :)

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  38. great inspiration and ilove the braid maybe i'll try it sometime :) its a great look!!

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  39. I've always wanted to do a rope braid, but never knew how--- thanks for the tutorial!

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  40. I love how Selena has a full hair!! Glam. xoxo
    http://www.hellohellofriday.com/

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  41. Thanks for that great tutorial is looks really great! I think I'll try it tomorrow for work. Do you wear it often?

    Really nice blog, hope you will stop at mine sometime:)

    xxx Magdalena

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  42. The flower in your hair is such a beautiful touch to that style....

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