December 30, 2012

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid | Easy Hairstyles

This hairstyle is so fast and simple!

I love a good rope braid {or plait} for those “Running-Behind Mornings” when I do not have much time to get myself or my girls ready before school.

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

My niece Aniston spent the night last weekend at my house with the twins and she has been begging me for months to film a hairstyle tutorial on her!  How can I resist all of that beautiful blonde hair???

{Aniston is just beginning to learn styles on her own hair, so we agreed to teach her a hairstyle that she can recreate easily in on school mornings.}

What I love about a rope braid is that it is not really a braid at all… the only skill needed is to know is how to twist a hair strand. Simple as that!  With two 13-year olds myself, helping them learn a few easy hairstyles like this is a simple way to keep them interested in doing their own hair rather than relying on only a ponytail or a headband!

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 large hairband, 1 small hair elastic,1-2 bobby pins, leather strand and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. To start, begin with straight or curly hair {Either will work fine.  Bangs will also work by pulling them into the braid or simply leaving them out and styling as usual}…
  2. Gather all hair over to one side directly behind the earlobe, and secure into a nice side ponytail with a large hair elastic…
  3. Section off a small strand of hair {to be used later} from the ponytail and leave it out of the twists…
  4. Divide the remaining ponytail hair into into two large strands…
  5. Now, twist those two strands {separately} in the same direction. I twist mine clockwise…
  6. Once those pieces are fully twisted, now begin winding the twists around each other in “counter-clockwise” direction {going in the opposite direction will keep the hair twists and form secure and tight when you let go of the braid}…
  7. Continue winding the hair around each other, counter-clockwise, all the way down while adding another twist or two to the original strands just to keep things tight…
  8. Secure the braid with a tiny elastic that matches the hair.
  9. Now, take the small section of hair we separated off at the beginning and wrap it around the top hair elastic, to hide it. Secure the hair wrap with a bobby pin, and tuck in any extra hair that remains.
  10. Feel free to add any cute accessories to the end of the twist.



If you liked this hairstyle, please feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

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  • Gabby

    Your niece is so pretty!

  • devinne

    I really love it but can you show me with the rope braid and really short hair other than that

  • ganda moh

  • Aly P.

    how do you keep her hair twisted when you secure it with an elastic? Whenever I try, my hair untwists, what should I do? Please E-mail me back.


    • Grace D.

      When you separate the hair into two sections you must twist them the same way BEFORE crossing them over. If you don’t do this and just twist the two strands together before twisting them around themselves it will untwist.

  • :)

    THIS IS SO CUTE! My school has a dance coming up, and I’m totally doing some of these hairstyles on my friends (and having them do it on me!!!!) THIS WEBSITE TOTALLY SAVED ME LIKE A MILLION Google SEARCHES FOR AWESOME HAIRDOS!!! AAAHHHH

  • Bailey

    gosh your niece is gorgeous!! i love the hairstyle too! my rope twists never turn out right so i think this tutorial will help me out a lot!! 🙂

  • Valenia

    Love this hairdo it’s so easy to do especially when I’m in a hurry for school! Plus it’s cute and unique

  • Isabelle

    Can you do simple hairstyles on medium hair? By medium hair I mean hair up to my elbow! Please

  • luisa

    Hi, I did my hair like this and it was great, i also tried doing two of these on the same side and then twisting them together and it looks really cool, and super complicated, but its sooooo easy!

  • Olivia

    How old is your niece?

  • Laura

    Oh and the website is:

  • Laura

    Hi Mindy,
    My name is Laura and I am 11 years old. I have my own blog called Dancing Diva With Lots of Hair, and I was wondering if you would want to check out my blog sometime. I don’t have very much posted because I just started. Oh, and by the way I love your blog!! It is just spectacular!!! Thanks for consideration!!!

  • Angelica

    Hey Mindy, Do you think you can do a tutorial on how to cornrow and French twist

  • My only beef with the rope braid is that I can’t wear it very long before it starts to fray and poke out. Any tips for this? Or is the trick simply not moving throughout the day?…. 🙂

  • I saw you on disney jr. was that your daughter????

  • Isabella

    hey Mindy! i just finished watching season 2 of Gossip Girl, and i saw an awesome hairstyle! i looked it up on youtube, but i couldn’t find any tutorials. Serena is wearing the hairstyle in episode 16, you’ve got Yale. It looks like two short braids at both sides of her head, but when i tried to braid my hair it looked totally different.maybe something for a next video?

    ( i’m sorry if i made any mistakes, i’m from the Netherlands and just 12)

  • Awesome hairstyle! I tried it out but it didn’t work. It went lose and floppy! I need help!!!

  • Dakota

    I just saw you on Disney jr. Was the little girl urs????

  • phi

    This is probably irrelevant, but did I just see you on a disney channel commercial??

  • Renate

    I love this one! but my hair is too short, i have inclined hair. If you says that like this. Sorry i’m not from Vs but The Netherlands. But i love your channel

  • joslinn

    could you do a hairstyle that you crimp your hair for…

  • Ace

    Aniston reminds me of the character from my favorite book series!!!

    Great hairstyle

  • Can you do a simple pony bumped up in the front? Also can you show how to put a big huge bow in? Thanks ..!(:

  • Savannah

    When did the twins turn 13? I thought they were still 12

  • Mia

    I love your hairdo’s how do you come up with them!!

  • bella

    Her hair is exactly the same as mine!!!!! its both the same length and color and shade!!!!

  • bella

    Her hair is exactly the same length as mine and exactly the same color and shade!!!!!!

  • Siham

    I see you’re whole family has those lovely eyes!