So you want to make a rope braid but have no idea where to get started.
We feel you.
Truth be told, the process of making rope braids is not difficult at all. In fact, it can be a fun activity that you can do with your friends or family. All you need are some basic supplies and a little bit of practice. Guess what, you can also be extra-creative and try braids on your u part wigs; it’ll be fun!
Now, here are the steps that you need to follow.
Step 1: Get Rid of All Snags and Tangles in Your Hair
The first step is to smooth out the hair, eliminating any snags and tangles. This will help to ensure that the braids look neat. You can use a comb or your fingers to do this.
If you have long hair, you may want to section it into several parts before beginning the braiding process. This will make it easier to work with and will prevent your hair from becoming too tangled.
Step 2: Apply a Mousse or Hair Gel
The next step is to use a mousse or hair gel to get an elegant look. If your hair tends to be frizzy, you may want to apply some anti-frizz serum before beginning the braiding process, but this is optional. Using either the gel or the mousse will help give your hair a sleek finish and will also help control any flyaways.
Step 3: Make a Ponytail and Keep the Hair in Place with a Hair Tie
After sectioning off your hair, gather all the hair into a neat ponytail and wrap it with a hair tie. The tighter you pull the ponytail, the more defined the braid will be. After you have gathered your hair in this way, divide it into two equal sections for braiding.
Step 4: Hide a Section of Hair Under Hair Tie
The next step is to gather a section of hair around the hair tie to conceal it. You can use bobby pins to secure it in place. Ensure that the bobby pins are hidden so that they do not show.
Step 5: Time to Split Your Hair
The next step is to split your ponytail into two sections and hold each half separately. This will make it easier to braid each section individually.
Step 6: Use Twirling Motion to Twist Each Hair Section
Now tightly curl each half using a clockwise swirling motion. To do that, use your fingers to grab the hair and then use your thumb to twist it away from you. Twist very tightly so that the braid is uniform along its entire length.
Step 7: Do Each Hair Sections Against Each Other
The next step is to twist the two sections around each other, moving in the opposite direction of how you braided them. To do this:
- Hold one section of hair in your hand and let the other fall to the floor.
- Pick up the second section of hair and hold it with your free hand.
- Twist it around the first section of hair so that they are intertwined.
Step 8: Wrap Your Hair With Elastic Tie
The final step is to secure your hair with an elastic tie. This will help keep the braid in place and prevent it from unraveling. Ensure that the elastic tie is tight so that the braid does not come undone. You can also use bobby pins to secure it in place if you like.
What’s so great about ropes braids is how versatile they can be. You can wear them straight or curly, depending on what you prefer.
We hope the steps mentioned above helped!