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Gumball
July 31st, 2010, 05:56 PM
Time to start posting those twisty pictures! :drama:

clichepithet
July 31st, 2010, 09:09 PM
But its still July!!!!!!

Rope-Braid-Chignon! Aaannd... GO!!!

Do roped Heidi braids count? 'Cause I love that, and I've already got it in my album, so I don't have to do it again, right? :p

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4563&pictureid=72998

If that's too huge, I sorry. :D

Longlocks3
July 31st, 2010, 09:46 PM
Let me just say, I FRIGGING LOVE ROPE BRAIDS!

Rope braids are super easy to master and once you do, they can be used to make TONS of different styles. Pictures to prove......

Rope bun braid
http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv49/kaitlinrobertson/hair002-2.jpg

Rope braided Chinese bun
http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv49/kaitlinrobertson/043.jpg

Rope braid 'hair taped'
http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv49/kaitlinrobertson/007.jpg


I also have a picture of four rope braids braided together but photobucket is being bad tonight, so I will post that later.

LaurenH
July 31st, 2010, 09:53 PM
Here's mine! (1st successful attempt :) ) Couldn't' get the pic to show, so here's a link...

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=3761&pictureid=77205

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=3761&pictureid=77205

Keildra
July 31st, 2010, 10:20 PM
I got lazy and didn't want to take a new one so here's one from almost a year ago
also I can't find my camera and my webcam is not working

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=4327&pictureid=57096

Longlocks3
July 31st, 2010, 10:35 PM
More pictures!

My first rope braid. I can't get them to lay nicely so that's why the actual braid is usually up.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=3619&pictureid=46500

Four rope braids, braided together. AKA, eats up lots of length and is deceivingly thick.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=3619&pictureid=67281


My personal tricks for rope braids include using wet to damp hair, never dry hair, and incorporate into an updo to make it look much more complicated than it really is.

Naamah
August 1st, 2010, 12:51 AM
This is the only picture I have of a rope braid for now. Haven't done one in a while.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=3564&pictureid=45712

This is from July last year. :)

Cholera
August 1st, 2010, 02:41 AM
http://i28.tinypic.com/f0n8kx.jpg

My submission for HSotM. I can't do rope braids on my heavily layered hair, but my friend's hair is gloriously rope-braid-able.

maria_asa
August 1st, 2010, 04:22 AM
I really like the rope braid as well but I'm too lazy to take new pictures so I'm just posting some I already have:

French rope braid (hair around 33" long):
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/maria_asa/updo/flta.jpg

Pinned up French rope braids:
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/maria_asa/updo/DSCF2773_red.jpg http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/maria_asa/updo/rope-braid-updo.jpg

Bunned rope braid (aka rose bun):
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/maria_asa/updo/DSCF2224-web.jpg

RecklessCharlie
August 1st, 2010, 02:55 PM
Fantastic braids everyone!
This was the first time I've tried the rope braid and I love it!
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j195/doofuschucklesniffer/050-1.jpg
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j195/doofuschucklesniffer/050-1.jpg)

Lilacs
August 1st, 2010, 08:19 PM
First time for me with rope braids :)

Two straight rope braids
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k146/FairyDustPrincess/Hair%20Pictures/e84d3286fc86.jpg
Chinese bun with rope braids
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k146/FairyDustPrincess/Hair%20Pictures/1ae911b2becd.jpg

jasper
August 2nd, 2010, 05:53 AM
This is 4 rope braids cabled together:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5639&pictureid=73568

Ramona_Fosca
August 2nd, 2010, 06:44 AM
Here's another idea, it's basically three french braids "roped" together.


http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4160&pictureid=59078

This is a french rope braid bunned:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4160&pictureid=67558

And here's a few tips for those who might be struggling with this style:

- try the two-strands version, it's much more difficult with three strands.
- remember to to twist to the right and cross over to the left (or vice versa)
- try only twisting one strand (preferable the one that you're holding in your dominant hand), than cross over the untwisted other strand. You don't need to twist both strands.

Gumball
August 2nd, 2010, 03:03 PM
Okie dokie! I've got mine in!

Clockwise, from left: Rope braid, rope braided nautilus bun, rope braided cinnabun.
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=3176&pictureid=78368

kimki
August 2nd, 2010, 05:13 PM
Ok so I had to borrow DH for this and it's the first time I've ever done a rope braid so it's messy:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5904&pictureid=78385

*No DH's were seriously harmed in the making of this rope braid :eyebrows:*

cm006j
August 2nd, 2010, 07:31 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4854785683_6bf37d900f_m.jpg

My first attempt at a French rope braid! I didn't even know that you could French a rope braid.

pineconejg
August 2nd, 2010, 08:35 PM
I love rope braids, and I see some lovely ones here. I will post my additions by the end of the week.

Does anyone know of a tutorial for French rope braids?

Xi
August 2nd, 2010, 09:59 PM
What beautiful rope braids! I love the look of rope braids, and am still trying to master the technique. My camera is in another city at the moment, so apologies for the wretched webcam picture.

Edit: I'm sorry! I didn't include the picture properly. Here is the link: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=1742&pictureid=78413

dfotw
August 3rd, 2010, 10:43 AM
Alright, thank goodness we're doing a style I more or less can do this month...

Rope braid and rope braid bunned into a Rose? Bun:

http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/7158/ropebraid.jpg http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/1333/rosebun.jpg

Alvrodul
August 3rd, 2010, 10:49 AM
Here's another idea, it's basically three french braids "roped" together.




This is a french rope braid bunned:



And here's a few tips for those who might be struggling with this style:

- try the two-strands version, it's much more difficult with three strands.
- remember to to twist to the right and cross over to the left (or vice versa)
- try only twisting one strand (preferable the one that you're holding in your dominant hand), than cross over the untwisted other strand. You don't need to twist both strands.
I tried to follow your advice yesterday, and actually managed to make a rope braid! :cheese: A first for me, and no pics as yet. I will definitely try again.:D

Medievalmaniac
August 3rd, 2010, 10:49 AM
A rope braid bun, kind of a cross between a cinnamon bun and a nautilus bun, if that exists! lol Ketylo hairstick in Carnival:

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x45/simonebeauvoir2/2010/SANY3990.jpg

anodyne_ame
August 3rd, 2010, 11:32 AM
I've never been bothered to learn the rope braid, but looking at everyone's pics I say it's about time (everyone, your updos are beautiful!).

I'll post pics when I actually manage something looking like a rope braid.
The instructions seem so easy but somehow I just can't seem to grasp the proper way to do them.
Okay, off to practise now :rolleyes:

lisasca
August 3rd, 2010, 12:14 PM
Two french braids into a rope braid:
http://lisa-s.ca/images/ropebraid.jpg
And a rope braid bun-thing I did when I was bored:
http://lisa-s.ca/images/medievalstyle.jpg

paisley
August 3rd, 2010, 01:27 PM
One french braid roped together with combed hair.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v469/Polen_sofia/DSC_3224_re.jpg

Lizard554
August 3rd, 2010, 01:55 PM
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Does anyone know of a tutorial for French rope braids?

Torrin Paige has one. I've never watched it, but all her other tutiorials are good so I assume this one would be too.

Gabriel
August 3rd, 2010, 02:25 PM
I tried a three strand rope braid. It's much easier for me than a two strand and I like the look of it better. It's not as tight though, but maybe with more practice.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5464&pictureid=78521

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5464&pictureid=78520

little_acorn
August 3rd, 2010, 03:52 PM
Here's mine - a rope braid made into a rosebun with a rope braid accent:
http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/little_acorn/IMG_0807.jpg

LaurenH
August 3rd, 2010, 05:13 PM
Love all the pics! I've really been loving rope braids since I've finally figured out how to do them! :p

Starfilly
August 3rd, 2010, 05:51 PM
I loved Longlocks3's rope braid Chinese bun, so I gave it a try today for work:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5372&pictureid=78530

I really like this style! Extremely comfortable. As I was taking it down to go for a run after work, I realized this would be a great time to try Elainehali's four-strand rope braid. (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=5314)

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5372&pictureid=78531

This one definitely needs some practice; two of the four strands came out very short, and I always twist the hair too tightly with rope braids so that the braid barely bends, which isn't really that comfortable or attractive. I'll give it another try sometime.

darkwaves
August 3rd, 2010, 07:29 PM
What lovely (and neat!) rope braids!

I love braids, but they all furl out on me and strands start crawling across my back.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c346/hairpix/th_Untitled-1.jpg



http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6002&pictureid=78550

Aliped
August 3rd, 2010, 09:22 PM
Here's my bun from two rope braids, inspired by Longlocks3
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=78556&albumid=5630&dl=1280888329&thumb=1

gossamer
August 3rd, 2010, 11:06 PM
Double rope braids:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5520&pictureid=78564

Ridiculous Chinese bun:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5520&pictureid=78565

I'm definitely going to have to practice this and try again.

eamane
August 4th, 2010, 05:32 AM
gossamer: That bun is HUGE :) and beautiful!

I am well able to do this on DD, it's one of the most used hairstyles on her. At her aunt's birthdayparty she wore this:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5912&pictureid=78292
3 ropebraids braided together in an english braid. Pic taken after a few hours playing so it looks a bit wonky :)

I made this on myself today, my first try failed capitally though, I twisted the rope the same way as the parts :p Next time it looked rather decent anyway:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4898&pictureid=78575

yellowchariot
August 4th, 2010, 10:15 AM
Why are 2 stranded braids so difficult to do?!

Here's my french rope:

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc166/pix50/FrenchRope3.jpg?t=1280934867

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc166/pix50/FrenchRope2.jpg?t=1280934894

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc166/pix50/FrenchRope1.jpg?t=1280934918

rags
August 4th, 2010, 10:48 AM
My very first rope braid! (Don't laugh - it will get better! :p)

http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv18/raggsj38/hair/Hair080.jpg?t=1280936762

Okay - my question is: how the heck do you manage taking it over your shoulder? I've tried and tried and every time I end up going the wrong way even though I think I've reversed it (hence the very long tassel! ) Is there a trick to it or some way other than taking it over you shoulder? Or is it just practice and my horrible lack of ability to determine which way I was twisting?

Aliped
August 4th, 2010, 11:58 AM
how the heck do you manage taking it over your shoulder?

Agreed, the whole twisting thing is very disorienting. I find it easier to put my head between my knees and pull the braid straight over my head instead of over a shoulder....

clichepithet
August 4th, 2010, 09:38 PM
I tried a French Rope for the first time this evening, ended up bunning it. Both need work.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4563&pictureid=78638

Does this count? Dual on-the-side laced ropes down into a standard english braid on DD7.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4563&pictureid=78652

rags
August 4th, 2010, 10:23 PM
Agreed, the whole twisting thing is very disorienting. I find it easier to put my head between my knees and pull the braid straight over my head instead of over a shoulder....

Aha! I shall try this next time! Any other suggestions also welcome!

Darkhorse1
August 4th, 2010, 10:38 PM
I LOVe the rope braid, but I find with my activity level, it just doesn't stay looking nice. I do love the rose bun out of the rope braid though :)

MissManda
August 5th, 2010, 12:21 AM
I don't have any photos of a single rope braid yet, but I'll be posting one soon. I am still yet to master the French rope.

But I do have this braid that I did a while back. It's four rope braids braided together. I showed this to DBF when I was finished with it, and he named it the "brainmatter braid." Hee hee. The tassle is quite long because this braid eats lots of length and I still have layers.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=3936&pictureid=72698

Close-up:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=3936&pictureid=72699

hmmm
August 5th, 2010, 07:43 AM
This is a picture of one of my first attempts. I think it came out okay, and it was easier than I expected, but I'll have to work at it a bit to make it look neater.

I edited it to include a better picture... the last one had way too much flash going on and the braid was a bit wonky. This job is a little frizzy because it was wash day today, and my hair refuses to look neat in braids done without some oiling. Boo.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4885&pictureid=78715

twolunarspring
August 5th, 2010, 08:58 AM
I tried a rope-braided Chinese bun... it got loose at the ends as I wrapped it, because I didn't have any elastics to hand, but I like it anyhow. And the photo has a random purple tint, which I like!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=3906&pictureid=78597

Medievalmaniac
August 5th, 2010, 03:29 PM
Here's a variation: cinammon bun, with a rope braid from either side circles around and pinned with a Ketylo and Nightblooming's acanthus leaf Amish pins:

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x45/simonebeauvoir2/2010/SANY4003.jpg

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x45/simonebeauvoir2/2010/SANY4019.jpg

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x45/simonebeauvoir2/2010/SANY4028.jpg

I thought it turned out very pretty, although it's hard to see the rope braids unless you look closely.

Torrin Paige
August 7th, 2010, 09:10 AM
I hadn't posted yet! LOL. Anywhoodle, here's an assortment..rope bun, French rope, and taped ropes. Rope braids are so versatile because they're so bendy. :)

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h278/torrinpaige/ropebun.jpghttp://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h278/torrinpaige/SANY1391.jpghttp://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h278/torrinpaige/SANY0394.jpg

Alvrodul
August 7th, 2010, 11:04 AM
Here is my effort! I made 2 rope braids (new skill attained!! :cheese:), then made a chinese wrap bun with them, and added three of my emerald green Lothlórien amish pins just because. My youngest niece took this picture earlier today.:)

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5879&pictureid=78875

katha
August 8th, 2010, 05:25 AM
Just old ones for now, apologies. Will try and get some new pics :)


Rosebun:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4307&pictureid=55409


French Rope:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4307&pictureid=55408

Hawser:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4307&pictureid=55576

A "sections weren't equal so was ponytailed" rope:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4307&pictureid=74747

Neoma
August 8th, 2010, 10:06 AM
I have a question...

I can make a mean rope braid as long as I start out at the nape. If I start out higher on my head, then I need to secure my hair in a pony tail with an elastic before I divide the two strands, or I end up with a mess.

How do you folks manage to start a high rope braid -- or even more impressive, a French rope braid -- without using an elastic?

Heidi_234
August 8th, 2010, 01:13 PM
I have a question...

I can make a mean rope braid as long as I start out at the nape. If I start out higher on my head, then I need to secure my hair in a pony tail with an elastic before I divide the two strands, or I end up with a mess.

How do you folks manage to start a high rope braid -- or even more impressive, a French rope braid -- without using an elastic?
I think frenching t is easier, because you have control over how think each strand gets. If one turns out think you add more to the other one and less to this one. It wasn't really hard to get them pretty even.

My lousy contribution (old pic):
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2075&pictureid=30959

clichepithet
August 8th, 2010, 02:05 PM
I have a question too...

When you do the rose bun/rope braided bun, how do you keep the shape of the rope? Mine tend to just kind of... separate and, well, it just doesn't look nice or really like a rope bun at all. Sometimes I can get it, except I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing right or wrong. Are you supposed to twist it while you twist it? Opposite or with the (grain?) of your rope? Tried watching videos, but of course, the way we hold a bun down while we twist it makes it kind of hard to see. Does someone have a vid where they tell you what to do as opposed to just showing? So many questions! /rambling

*slinks off to dig around more on YouTube*...

ETA: Is it because I don't pony before I braid?

HairColoredHair
August 8th, 2010, 08:31 PM
I have a question too...

When you do the rose bun/rope braided bun, how do you keep the shape of the rope? Mine tend to just kind of... separate and, well, it just doesn't look nice or really like a rope bun at all. Sometimes I can get it, except I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing right or wrong. Are you supposed to twist it while you twist it? Opposite or with the (grain?) of your rope? Tried watching videos, but of course, the way we hold a bun down while we twist it makes it kind of hard to see. Does someone have a vid where they tell you what to do as opposed to just showing? So many questions! /rambling

*slinks off to dig around more on YouTube*...

ETA: Is it because I don't pony before I braid?

If my ropes seperate it's because I forget that you twist the strands one way and then twist them the other way about each other. Does that help?

masa_inn
August 8th, 2010, 09:44 PM
Another question: is there a tutorial for a 3-strand rope braid? I went through the Articles and YouTube and could only found either 2- or 4-strand ones.

Thank you!

clichepithet
August 9th, 2010, 10:02 AM
If my ropes seperate it's because I forget that you twist the strands one way and then twist them the other way about each other. Does that help?

Not really... because it's not until I try to bun them that the strands try to run away from each other. I've no problem making the rope as tight or as loose as desired. It's bunning them that eludes me. Though I understand why you thought I meant the rope itself. Thank you. :flower:

I did find a YT video yesterday that showed one lady twisting it tight while she bunned, but her hair looked a bit thicker and coarser than mine. I also found a lady with hair closer to my type who did the rose with two ropes, not just one. I'm going to try the two rope bun method today, and securing it with an elastic first.

ETA: masa inn - there's a thread that links to one, and in it Phexlyn gives a quick explanation of what needs to be done with the strands that helped me make sense of it. It's here. (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=53158) I don't think it has a video. Maybe one of our more illustrious YTing members would make one...? ;) :D

Gumball
August 9th, 2010, 12:48 PM
I have a question too...

When you do the rose bun/rope braided bun, how do you keep the shape of the rope? Mine tend to just kind of... separate and, well, it just doesn't look nice or really like a rope bun at all. Sometimes I can get it, except I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing right or wrong. Are you supposed to twist it while you twist it? Opposite or with the (grain?) of your rope? Tried watching videos, but of course, the way we hold a bun down while we twist it makes it kind of hard to see. Does someone have a vid where they tell you what to do as opposed to just showing? So many questions! /rambling

*slinks off to dig around more on YouTube*...

ETA: Is it because I don't pony before I braid?

If I have my rope braid all tied and ready, then keeping the shape of the rope while bunning ends up being easy. I'll admit it's easier also if you have a mirror to ogle at while you do it. I just twist the braid before I start bunning it, twisting in the direction the braid wraps (like if you rope by twisting the two strands right, but wrapping left, then I twist the whole braid to the left). This kind of tightens the rope look, and makes sure while your bunning it that it looks tighter instead of beginning to look looser.

Kristin
August 9th, 2010, 01:06 PM
I have a question too...

When you do the rose bun/rope braided bun, how do you keep the shape of the rope? Mine tend to just kind of... separate and, well, it just doesn't look nice or really like a rope bun at all. Sometimes I can get it, except I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing right or wrong. Are you supposed to twist it while you twist it? Opposite or with the (grain?) of your rope? Tried watching videos, but of course, the way we hold a bun down while we twist it makes it kind of hard to see. Does someone have a vid where they tell you what to do as opposed to just showing? So many questions! /rambling

*slinks off to dig around more on YouTube*...

ETA: Is it because I don't pony before I braid?

I think I know what you mean. (The braid unravels when you try to bun it?) When I bun my ropes, I twist them a bit as I wrap the braid around. You have to experiment because I don't know which direction you twist your sections, but when the braid starts to get tighter, you are going the right way. Torrin explains it a bit in her hawser braid video. The same principle applies (at least for me) when bunning ropes.

EDIT: Oops, Gumball beat me to it. What he said.

eezepeeze
August 9th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Hey, I think I finally figured it out! And I think I finally figured out how to post pics in a thread! YAY for me :)

http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad299/curlygurl_album/Hair%20Stuff/101_0061.jpg

Kristin
August 9th, 2010, 07:50 PM
I finally uploaded my pictures, but I still don't know how to post to a thread. Here's a link to the pics in my album:

Double rope buns: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=4758&pictureid=79087
Accent braid with the buns: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=4758&pictureid=79088

Shany
August 9th, 2010, 08:27 PM
wow awesome hairstyles everyone! I must be doing something wrong because I can't get a normal rope braid to hold..it gets untwisted while doing it or when I tie it with an elastic. Only my laced* rope braids hold haha..maybe my hair is not long enough.
Half-up hairstyle:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5928&pictureid=78977

Laced rope braided bangs:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5928&pictureid=79027

clichepithet
August 9th, 2010, 08:57 PM
Woohoo! Thanks Gumball and Kristin. I have not been twisting into the rope while trying to bun and I tend to try to go the wrong way with it. I had to stop and restart like 6,000 times to get this bun earlier:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4563&pictureid=79089

French braid banded at the nape, double ropes then bunned. Not great, but better since now I know what to do. :D Though I should probably try to get good at bunning one rope before I try two again.

Kristen, thanks for pointing out Torrin's cable braid video. I had watched that once a while ago, but not very closely as my hair just isn't long enough to do that with (yet). But it was obvious to see the way she twisted the ropes tight before twisting them some more. Just more and more twisting...

Gumball, yeah, I've been thinking I need a mirror on the door/wall opposite of the one I have. Guess I ought just do it.

Shany, that's very pretty, but it looks like a laced rope...? Not Frenched? Kudos, since you know, no splittin' hairs around here... :D I've been trying to improve my laced ropes too...

I think I've rambled enough.

:cheese: Y'all rock. :flowers:

ETA: Oops... Kristin you cited the Hawser braid video. My bad, as it were. I guess I ought go watch the right video! :D

Shany
August 9th, 2010, 09:19 PM
You're right. I still added hair to both inner and outer strands because my hair is not long enough..I took some strands from underneath hehe. Nice bun

Gabriel
August 10th, 2010, 05:58 AM
Another question: is there a tutorial for a 3-strand rope braid? I went through the Articles and YouTube and could only found either 2- or 4-strand ones.

Thank you!

This YouTube video helped me understand a three strand rope braid.

Three Strand Twist. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS71kyJTOOQ)

masa_inn
August 10th, 2010, 07:31 PM
Gabriel, Clichepithet - thank you!

ETA: Another good one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n34-WitkCoo&feature=related

teela1978
August 11th, 2010, 12:46 AM
My rope braids are usually to the side. I have trouble doing them behind me. I don't like how the ends always stick out funny.
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e117/lchamber78/Hair%20Length%20Shots/20100810_ropebraid.jpg

Crackaleen
August 11th, 2010, 11:17 AM
Yay, finally a style I'm capable of doing. ^.^

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5809&pictureid=79207

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5809&pictureid=79208http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5809&pictureid=79209

veggielocks
August 12th, 2010, 12:42 PM
I do the rope braid all the time. The only thing I found is that it gets messy really quick...at least for me. But I've only tried it as one long one. All the pictures with many different strands twisted together are beautiful.

LittleOrca
August 12th, 2010, 03:43 PM
Here is my braid. I also wore it as a bun with my ficcare, but I didn't get a picture of that.

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff176/Little_Orca/Long%20Hair%20Gallery/Braids/IMG_2289-1.jpg

cm006j
August 13th, 2010, 08:32 AM
My rope braids are getting better as I'm practicing them. Here is a picture of my attempt to make a style using a snood that wouldn't look like a lunch lady:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5999&pictureid=79303

Jenn of Pence
August 14th, 2010, 10:33 AM
Here's a half-up with a rope braid.
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5730&pictureid=76679

Lize
August 15th, 2010, 04:42 AM
Rope braid in APL layered hair.

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p273/Libelous/DSC_5516.jpg

Peggy E.
August 15th, 2010, 12:00 PM
Aha! I shall try this next time! Any other suggestions also welcome!


One of the most odd - and surprisingly helpful - suggestions I ever had in regards to making braids is to simply close your eyes! Do everything by feel, rather than watching it all, and you have a much better chance of getting it right.

When you're watching what you're doing and then move from one angle to another by sight you tend to think you need to make adjustments and usually over-adjust, getting the braid going in the wrong direction, or unraveling.

If you do it all by feel you can keep the braid going in the right direction and not getting caught up in "over-thinking" the process.

Does this make any sense? Bar none, this was the best advice I ever received when I was attempting to learn to French braid and failing miserably time and time again. Once I closed my eyes and did it all on "feel," it was easy! Well, "easier," anyway.....


This YouTube video helped me understand a three strand rope braid.

Three Strand Twist. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS71kyJTOOQ)

After watching this demonstration, I was able to do the three strand twist myself. I'd known a far more complicated manner of completing the three-strand (involved holding one strand in my teeth - I did say "complicated" didn't I?!). This was SOOOOO much easier!

This 3-strand rope braid bun was made with a Topsy Tail and then set with a Hattie Brinkley comb, which I love, love, love!!


http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj35/DCElliott/Decorated%20images/Hair004.jpg

Anywhere
August 17th, 2010, 08:23 AM
Here's my attempt at one. I was trying to do a peacock twist but... I guess it doesn't work well on my hair because the ends stuck out awkwardly unless the braid itself was super super short.. I wore it like this for the rest of the day though. This is my first successful rope braid, the others were just one piece coiled around a straight twisted piece of hair. bleh. :(
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4113&pictureid=79536

Peggy E.
August 17th, 2010, 10:58 AM
Here's a pic taken this morning.

Hair's in a topsy tail base, with the length then rope twisted and wrapped around the base. I've set it off with the New (to me!) August Bonaz 2-prong comb - which I love, Love, LOVE!!!

I wear my hair like this at least three times a week - it's fast, easy and always looks elegant. Wonderful way to show off haircombs! (That black furry "rug" on the left is the back of my goofy Scottie, Sherlock!)

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj35/DCElliott/008-1.jpg

lajsa
August 17th, 2010, 11:25 AM
Today, I managed my first rope braids EVER. They were great-looking (and I feel so modest today!) but a little uneven. No really. With great-looking I mean they looked absolutely wonderful compared to my lousy normal three strand braids :p So, I admired my pretty braids, then I unravelled them both and did it all again to get them more even. :D I absolutely cannot do one single braid with all my hair in the back of my head, though; but that's just my lack of coordination, LOL.

I feel like such a genius, even though I only managed with two strands; three strands just made me annoyed when I didn't manage to hold on to all strands and keep them twisted like I tried to.

Rope braids make me want longer hair nownownownonow!!!!, I can only imagine how great it would look if my hair was just a little bit longer than the barely-BSL length it is now, like say waist or so. :eyebrows:

Not a great picture, my webcam immediately decided to mess with the colours and make my hair look darker than it is, so I had to change the light a bit to even make the braid visible :rolleyes:

http://i35.tinypic.com/al4vmp.jpg

sally_neuf
August 18th, 2010, 11:56 AM
I love rope braids! Everyone here have nice looking ones (I don't remember the user, but I saw an amazing thud worthing rope braid here somewhere, gee, I could secure a boat with that!)

I will contribute with my attempt of rope braiding, due to heavy layering (from a growing pixie!), I can only manage this gorgeus braid in halfs up

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4538&pictureid=79658

Finoriel
August 18th, 2010, 11:57 AM
I rarely wear a ropebraid down, most times it ends up being tied into some kind of updo.

Like those, all clickable:

4 strand ropebraid as a fake crown-braid
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33907&albumid=2628&dl=1236806378&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33907)

"Rosebun" = cinnamonbunned rope braid with two rope braided accent braids wrapped around it
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33917&albumid=2628&dl=1236806539&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33917)

"Rope braided komet-knot-bun" = knot bun with loose length, started with a rope braid
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33916&albumid=2628&dl=1236806539&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33916)

Sockbun with rope braided length
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33920&albumid=2628&dl=1236806578&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33920)

Dutch ropebraids in a chinese bun
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=50281&albumid=2628&dl=1252935432&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=50281)

Hmm I could swear I had more pictures... will post more if when :p I find them.

Peggy E.
August 18th, 2010, 01:09 PM
I rarely wear a ropebraid down, most times it ends up being tied into some kind of updo.

Like those, all clickable:

4 strand ropebraid as a fake crown-braid
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33907&albumid=2628&dl=1236806378&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33907)

"Rosebun" = cinnamonbunned rope braid with two rope braided accent braids wrapped around it
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33917&albumid=2628&dl=1236806539&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33917)

"Rope braided komet-knot-bun" = knot bun with loose length, started with a rope braid
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33916&albumid=2628&dl=1236806539&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33916)

Sockbun with rope braided length
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=33920&albumid=2628&dl=1236806578&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=33920)

Dutch ropebraids in a chinese bun
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=50281&albumid=2628&dl=1252935432&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2628&pictureid=50281)

Hmm I could swear I had more pictures... will post more if when :p I find them.


Now, HERE'S "jaw-dropping" material!!!! My little efforts are so pathetic.... :o(

Anywhere
August 18th, 2010, 07:12 PM
Yay, finally a style I'm capable of doing. ^.^

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5809&pictureid=79207



Your rope braid is so thick compared to mine. :oops:
Its absolutely lovely though.

Xi
August 19th, 2010, 12:46 PM
Gorgeous rope braids, everyone!:blossom:

Peggy E. -- is that lovely updo secured only with the comb, or do you use some pins, too?

Finoriel -- your rope braid updos are amazing!

Amelia
August 20th, 2010, 05:40 AM
I always get great ideas in the Articles section. This came out after reading how to do a 'Killer' lol

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad90/MbbM/cortada19082010ropebraidbun.jpg

Katrina
August 21st, 2010, 01:41 PM
Here's my rope braid. My rope braids are almost always side braids.

Close-up:
http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/qq243/pitkatukka/Valinehaaste/Kuva273_peitetty.jpg

Whole braid:
http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/qq243/pitkatukka/Valinehaaste/Kuva278.jpg

This attempt was part of my personal challenge (Use all of your hairtoys once). I seldom wear this hideous hairtoy, but had to wear it once for the challenge :D

merseaone
August 21st, 2010, 02:19 PM
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=75139&albumid=4254&dl=1277402126&thumb=1


Here's a pic taken this morning.

Hair's in a topsy tail base, with the length then rope twisted and wrapped around the base. I've set it off with the New (to me!) August Bonaz 2-prong comb - which I love, Love, LOVE!!!

I wear my hair like this at least three times a week - it's fast, easy and always looks elegant. Wonderful way to show off haircombs! (That black furry "rug" on the left is the back of my goofy Scottie, Sherlock!)

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj35/DCElliott/008-1.jpg

What an inspiration to us Renegrays!

Sagi1982
August 22nd, 2010, 11:50 AM
I'm a rope idiot...

So here's my ugly French rope (3strand)
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/6876/73728705.th.jpg (http://img440.imageshack.us/i/73728705.jpg/)
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AlleyKitten
August 22nd, 2010, 03:20 PM
I do a lot of rope braids, because it's faster for me to do a two-strand rope than a three-strand English braid, and it involves less juggling since I only have two hands.

I really like the look of a rope braid as a coronet. I recently discovered that if I tuck the end of the braid under the loop against my scalp and pull the whole thing tight, it will stay up without any pins or clips, though the tassel of the braid does stick out in a funny way. So I do that for times like now, when I want to get my sleep braid up out of the way without much fuss. This picture is super scruffy for that reason!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=1158&pictureid=80051

little_cherry
August 23rd, 2010, 07:02 PM
Here's my first attempt at a French rope...it's a 3 strand.
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5176&pictureid=80058

SolSara
August 24th, 2010, 02:11 AM
Ordinary rope braids get very fuzzy fast for me, but I really like them as buns. :) So here is my rosebun from this saturday, with accent braids (the right one is french rope braided a little bit.) Pic taking in the evening and lasted through playing as well as some rain. I got complimented by a woman I didn't know on a party. She couldn't believe I had done it by myself, so I didn't tell her I had done it in a hurry with uncombed, damp hair. ;) Practice make perfect, I haven't realized how easy I found some styles to be now, that would take forever in the beginning. But I still need to practice to make my buns lay flatter on the head...


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4922285597_9f182edb95_m.jpg (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4922285597_98be6953dc_o.jpg)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4922285781_5138151f4c_m.jpg (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4922285781_0339189229_o.jpg)

triumphator!
August 24th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Well I'm going to be the token complainer and say that my two-strand rope braids unravel and my three-strand rope braids bamboozle me because I only have two hands. I try on little pieces of hair first, though. Oh well maybe next month :)

pinkbunny
August 25th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Finally, a style I can do! I missed out on the last couple months... I was beginning to feel inadequate lol.

I can only do the 2-strand, and can't figure out the french version for the life of me... oh well.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4191&pictureid=80394

As for the rose bun, when I look at this I feel I must quote something Gumball once said about his own avatar - "Sweet, sweet camera flash!" lol

Starfilly
August 25th, 2010, 09:08 PM
Just a plain rope braid today. I do like how these look...at first. They're always a fuzzy disaster by the end of the day. :shrug:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5372&pictureid=80433

swivelhop
August 27th, 2010, 11:11 AM
I started with a very ponytail and put about half of my hair into a chinese bun to keep the braid "high" all day without using a tight elastic. (excuse the lovely backdrop).
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6179&pictureid=80891

isbmlamloi
August 27th, 2010, 11:41 AM
Here's my rope braid today, and the resultant bun!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4931976903_0419563456_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/isbmlamloi/4931976903/) http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4932565434_3e69b3db6d_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/isbmlamloi/4932565434/)

Firegarnet
August 29th, 2010, 06:25 PM
I am incredibly impressed by those who manage the french rope braid. I get all muddled and twist the wrong direction. Need to practice more, but have had migraines almost all month! So...here is my contribution...I did a rope lace braid (I could see in the mirror how to twist!), ponied the rest and rope braided that. First I tried to wrap the smaller rope braid around the elastic but that fell down almost immediately, so here is the incarnation that lasted through dinner--wrapped around the elastic once and then a very loose bun held by a hair stick that went through the lace braid, then the bun, then the lace braid again to hold it up.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4712&pictureid=80884

I don't do rope braids much because I hate having an elastic holding up a pony tail. The weight feels all wrong. I really need to work on french braiding rope-style!

Mirsha
August 31st, 2010, 09:23 AM
It's still August, I'm still on time! ha.

At the moment I'm sporting a very messy french rope brain. I started out alright, but going down the I always get these weird flips in it, probably because I'm not pulling down while twisting!

Clicky link (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v43/No-Eyes/L1050233.jpg)

cm006j
August 31st, 2010, 07:30 PM
I'm inspired by all the rope braid Chinese buns, so I gave it a try. Braided Chinese buns are my current go-to hair style, but I also love how fancy this looks

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/4946379083_bb8b1ed437.jpg

Quahatundightu
August 31st, 2010, 08:56 PM
I tried a few styles but this half up was the only one worth photographing! My hair is freshly washed and too slippery, not cooperating at all XD

http://imgur.com/gJA81.jpg

Teazel
September 8th, 2010, 07:14 PM
Oh dear. I never did get around to a rope braid last month, so I'll just drop an old pic and run....

I never wear a rope braid without bunning it, as they get fuzzy in moments if they're left down. But I love the way they look!

This is three (yes, there's a third one hiding up the top) rope braids coiled around and pinned.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2415&pictureid=31162

Henrietta
September 10th, 2010, 10:08 AM
I am always late here! :)

http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac16/GwiazdkaNadia/Hair%20and%20hairtoys/Uporzadkowany/Ropebraids.jpg?t=1284131268

sibiryachka
September 10th, 2010, 12:00 PM
Wow,Henrietta, look how long you're getting!! :cheese:
I found rope braids easier to do than I expected, but they only stay looking good for about 3 minutes so I haven't managed a photo yet. I've started a file of styles to revisit as my layers grow out; this one goes in there with the chignon for now.

Henrietta
September 10th, 2010, 03:19 PM
Wow,Henrietta, look how long you're getting!! :cheese:
I found rope braids easier to do than I expected, but they only stay looking good for about 3 minutes so I haven't managed a photo yet. I've started a file of styles to revisit as my layers grow out; this one goes in there with the chignon for now.

Indeed! I was so focused on braids, that I didn't take care about the length on this pic. Yaay! :cheese:

Sagi1982
September 10th, 2010, 03:22 PM
Oh dear. I never did get around to a rope braid last month, so I'll just drop an old pic and run....

I never wear a rope braid without bunning it, as they get fuzzy in moments if they're left down. But I love the way they look!

This is three (yes, there's a third one hiding up the top) rope braids coiled around and pinned.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2415&pictureid=31162
Looks GREAT! *write on list of hairstyles*

This week I did this:
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/930/54745478.th.jpg (http://img199.imageshack.us/i/54745478.jpg/)
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Rope crown, fixed by two hair sticks.

Bluegrass Babe
September 19th, 2010, 08:57 AM
Ok, I know I'm really late... I hadn't planned on doing this style, but eezepeeze's new vining rose bun roped me in!
http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y371/Bluegrass-Babe/viningrosebun.jpg

Sagi1982
September 19th, 2010, 02:10 PM
I love it and will defietly try this!

Igor
September 21st, 2010, 08:38 PM
My fingers does not agree with rope braids!

http://22757575.dk//ida/photo/images/Rosebun2.jpg


http://22757575.dk//ida/photo/images/Rosebun1.jpg

AprilElf
September 26th, 2010, 06:10 AM
Late posting, but I wore these updos in August - honest! :)

Rope Braid Updo
[Rose Bun and three rope braids. Two braids looped and ends pinned underneath the bun. Third braid wrapped around to join the loops together in the middle.]
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=78998&albumid=5510&dl=1281339892&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=5510&pictureid=78998)

Regular Rose Bun that turned out particularly nice.
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=83602&albumid=5510&dl=1285415516&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=5510&pictureid=83602)

merseaone
September 26th, 2010, 10:09 AM
Even though I have long hair, it is not thick enough to do some of these styles! But I do have a few braided updos.

mwedzi
October 10th, 2010, 09:09 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/mwedzi/Hair%202010/largeflexi.jpg

rosek
December 28th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Hmmm. I'm good at making rope braids, but I cannot get them to stay up in a rose bun! Much prefer in in a Chinese bun. Here is one of my attempts. This is two rope braids, with my hair parted horizontally rather than vertically.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5362&pictureid=70201

Again, please ignore the washing....

Vapunzel91
December 30th, 2010, 07:02 AM
I tried last week, but it miserably failed... My hair is too short to spin behind my back, meaning I do it in the air, and then the counter braiding gets switched in my brain. I shall try again, besides rainbow might be interesting to look at.

calicokatt
January 2nd, 2011, 08:47 PM
going to have to find a tutorial on how to do these, they're so pretty!

eresh
January 10th, 2011, 04:56 PM
I really like ropebraids as accentbraids :-)
This is one of Torrin's, the swoopbun I believe.
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/5301/manier3b.jpg



And my own creation with ropebraids, the rosettebun:

http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/5901/33933149.jpg

Youtube tutorial how to do this one
(with ropes/braids/or a combi of rope and braid)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-nXRHPznfc

This is also fun, 2 ropebraids roped together
http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/7205/closetr4.jpg

Lollipop
February 9th, 2011, 10:39 PM
I'm a little confused as to what keeps the hair from unraveling. When I was little, I counldn't braid so I attempted rope braids and they would unravel after being put up. Maybe I was doing it wrong :rolleyes:

squintinschool
February 10th, 2011, 08:45 AM
I'm a little confused as to what keeps the hair from unraveling. When I was little, I counldn't braid so I attempted rope braids and they would unravel after being put up. Maybe I was doing it wrong :rolleyes:
As far as I can tell, its securing the braid at both ends. So if you start with all your hair, you need to put it in a ponytail first, braid it, and then secure the end. However, if you start the braid in a French style (picking pieces up as you go down the back of your head) then you only need to secure the bottom of the braid.

HTH!

SolSara
February 10th, 2011, 03:06 PM
I'm a little confused as to what keeps the hair from unraveling. When I was little, I counldn't braid so I attempted rope braids and they would unravel after being put up. Maybe I was doing it wrong :rolleyes:

The secret to a rope braid is to twist both strands in the SAME direction and then cross them in the OTHER. Like, first twist the strands individually clockwise, then cross them anti-clockwise. :) And of course you need to fasten them in the end, but you don't need to fasten the beginning. You might need some practice to get a nice start, though. Crossing a few times before starting to twist the strands help me to get it good looking. :)

SprngGrnGoddess
February 21st, 2011, 05:13 PM
Oooh I tried these ones at the weekend and they were lovely (just parted in the middle and did two down each side).

Am going to try doing little ones as well!

muppetcrayz
March 30th, 2011, 11:55 AM
I love these, they're so cool looking on me.

Zenity
September 2nd, 2011, 03:49 PM
Hmmmmmmmm... lovely! Great ropes, I really like them.

Thank you all for posting.

Heres is my contribution:


Doble rope one tied one free

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/Doblecordondigonalligado-003.jpghttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/Doblecordondigonalligado-001.jpghttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/Doblecordondigonalligado-000.jpg


Doble rope free end

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/Doblecordondigonal-011.jpghttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/Doblecordondigonal-006.jpg

Zenity
September 2nd, 2011, 03:50 PM
Same can be done in rope styles:


Diagonal rope

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/cordondiagonal1-001.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/cordondiagonal1-002.jpghttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/cordondiagonal1-004.jpghttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/cordondiagonal1-000.jpg

Diagonal rope tied down the side

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/Cordondiagonalligado-001.jpghttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa85/ZenityNadir/PELO/Trenzados/Cordondiagonalligado-002.jpg

Just posted this on the August 2011 thread... silly me!

Dogmatix
October 29th, 2011, 05:41 PM
I finally was able to do a decent rope braid. Since they were going to be part of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq0QSgCdeKU&feature=related">another style</a>, I didn't take a picture.

Someone's advice in another thread did it for me. "Twist both strands <i>toward</i> the face individually, then twist them together <i>away</i> from the face." I think that's actually opposite of the way the original poster said, but it worked for me! Very well!

I shall no longer fear the rope braid :)


I finally was able to do a decent rope braid. Since they were going to be part of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq0QSgCdeKU&feature=related">another style</a>, I didn't take a picture.

Someone's advice in another thread did it for me. "Twist both strands <i>toward</i> the face individually, then twist them together <i>away</i> from the face." I think that's actually opposite of the way the original poster said, but it worked for me! Very well!

I shall no longer fear the rope braid :)
Oh sorry, I was thinking html rather than bbcode and now I can't edit my post.
Link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq0QSgCdeKU&feature=related)

And the pertinent part: "Twist both strands toward the face individually, then twist them together away from the face."