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How to Rope Braid Your Own Hair

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Have you been watching Game of Thrones? If you have, you've probably noticed the amazing braided hairstyles of the female characters and wondered about how some of them are done. If you haven't, well imagine the twisting of a rope, but with your hair! One major component of several braided hairstyles is the rope braid. This is actually a fairly simple braid to accomplish, and I will teach you how!

To get started, you will need to comb or brush your hair so that it is untangled. You will also need two hair ties (one big, one small). To do this braid, your hair must be long enough to put up in  a ponytail. The simplest way to learn any braid is to start with the very basics, so we'll start with a ponytail.

Step 1: Gather all your hair and tie it up using the bigger hair tie.

Step 2: Separate the hair into two even strands.

Step 3: Twist each strand of hair to the left.

This is done so that when you do the braiding the hair doesn't just blend back together; each strand can stand on its own.

Step 4: Pass the left strand of hair over the right strand, then the new left strand over the new right strand. Repeat.

Periodically retwist each strand to the left and continue until you reach the end of your hair. You can make this braid as loose or tight as you like by how much you pull on the strands before passing one over the other. More pull for tighter, less pull for looser.

Step 5: When you reach the end of your braid, tie it off with the second hair tie.

And there you have it! Practice this braid a few times and you'll be a pro in no time! Here's a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Play with how tight you make it, and see what you like best.
  • With curly hair, it's easy to get little loops that stick out. You can avoid this by occasionally combing out each strand with your fingers or a comb, but don't forget to retwist them or your braid will turn into a ponytail!
  • It doesn't actually matter which direction you twist the strands, as long as you pass them in the opposite direction. Try out twisting the strands to the right and passing to the left.
  • The braid will look different depending on if your hair is dry, wet, or if you put a product in it.

Remember, there's no one right way, you have to experiment to figure out the look you want. And you can change it up every time!



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