View Full Version : four strand rope braid pics/directions

May 17th, 2008, 07:50 PM
I haven't seen any of these. I'd like to think I invented them! Here are my directions. And I'm assuming that someone knows how to make a simple rope braid before attempting this one.
Step one detangled hair. This is a section of a Hannah Montanna wig. It shows up better in pictures than my hair.

Split the hair to be braided into two equal sections, and make a rope braid with one of the sections. Use an elastic to keep the braid in place.

Now devide the second section of hair in two.

Take the piece closest to the braid and twist it in the same direction as the other two strands already in the braid.

Here's the secret! Take the twisted section and wind it along the braid. It should fit into a groove in the braid and be traced all the way down.

Continue twisting the strand along the same groove all the way down.

When you get to the bottom of the braid take off the elastic holding the first part together and re-tie it to hold the three strands together.

The last section should be twisted in the same direction as the first three. Then placed in a groove of the braid and wound all the way down to the bottom.

yay We're done!

I tried to be clear, so hopefully the pictures in addition to my feeble attempts to explain got my message across.

May 17th, 2008, 08:26 PM
That is so neat looking. Thank you for sharing.

May 17th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Beautiful! I've got to learn to do a rope braid ; )

May 17th, 2008, 09:02 PM
Wow, I'll have to give this one a try!

May 18th, 2008, 09:07 AM
Thanks! This looks good to try! *bookmarked*

May 18th, 2008, 10:00 AM
Gracious! It certainly is pretty, but I have trouble doing *one* rope braid, and the idea of doing two or three or four roped together, is just mind boggling! Also, braids (rope or regular) get so fuzzy on me, and I'd hate to have to try to fix this every hour or so!

... but it sure would be nice to have such a "do". :) Thanks for the directions.

Miss Murphy
May 18th, 2008, 11:04 AM
This looks really good, I am definitely going to try this!

Elainehali, why don't you submit that as an article? I think it might be useful to have it in a proper place, for future refernce for everybody :blossom:

May 19th, 2008, 01:33 AM
Great tutorial. Yes, it should be an article!

I often twist two rope braids together, but that doesn't give this fine rope effect. Can't wait to try it! :D

May 19th, 2008, 06:12 AM
That method of rope braiding is a great idea. I like doing 3 or 4 strand rope braids using the usual method, but I can't get it to work on my own head. Since this 4-strand version only uses 2 strands at a time, I might be able to do it and get the same effect as doing a regular 4-strand rope braid!

May 19th, 2008, 07:29 PM
Thanks everyone. I didn't know how to make an article when I posted this. I did however figure it out, and it's with the other articles.

=p Now that I'm out of school there may be more to come.

May 19th, 2008, 09:08 PM
That's really neat! I'll have to remember this and give it a try sometime. It's just a little extra work but visually it's really pretty. Thanks for sharing this!

April 7th, 2010, 07:37 PM
I just tried this out today, and it looks cool, but I have a question: How do you know where to put the 4th strand in? by the time you're done weaving in the 3rd, the gaps/grooves all look the same, yet when I wove the 4th in it looked somehow lopsided...
Maybe I'll just stick to 3 strands - that looks just as cool and doesn't make my mind spin counterclockwise :)

April 7th, 2010, 07:46 PM
Awesome! I'm gonna try this soon! :D Thanks for the secret...hehe

April 7th, 2010, 08:22 PM
I'm definitely giving this one a shot! Thank you so much for sharing!

April 8th, 2010, 12:27 AM
Ooo pretty! I"ll need to learn a rope braid to get this one down!

Also: Yay Colorado!

April 8th, 2010, 01:08 AM
It looks awesome! :thumbsup:
I can do a simple rope braid but even that is difficult to me... :monkey:

April 8th, 2010, 02:00 AM
Very Nice!!! Has anybody tried a rope-braid bun???

Blond Unicorn
July 29th, 2010, 02:44 AM
I absolutly have to try this one. Looks gorgeous

July 30th, 2010, 09:20 PM
Sooo neat looking!!

July 31st, 2010, 03:48 AM
That looks pretty! :)
And it doesn't sound as complicated as the three-strand rope braid...

July 31st, 2010, 07:02 AM
This looks really great! Thanks!

July 31st, 2010, 02:34 PM
I often do 2 rope braids twisted together (cable braid?), but I love the cool, ropy look of this one. Seems simple to do, also. Just twisting, no complicated braiding or weaving.

I think I will try this for church tomorrow.

August 1st, 2010, 12:42 PM
Thanks! I couldn't figure out how to do it with more than two strands!

C. sinensis
December 11th, 2010, 12:27 PM
Wow, this actually works! :bigeyes: :D

December 11th, 2010, 12:34 PM
Interesting! Thank you for sharing! I'll be trying this after my shower today :)

December 11th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Looks amazing, such a neat "rope".

I wish I could try it but I'm afraid it's impossible with layers :(

December 11th, 2010, 12:45 PM
Wow....Ive always done mine with three strands.


And up until a couple days ago didnt even think they could be made with just two. Three for me isnt that difficult, but its hard enough. I dont think I even want to attempt a four strand....:o

December 11th, 2010, 12:55 PM
Very cool looking.
I need to try out and master the original rope braid first, but I am definitely going to try this!

December 11th, 2010, 01:02 PM
I love that! I can't wait until my layers grow out so I can rope braid again.