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    I'm having the rope braiding blues.

    I love the appearance of rope braids, but I just can't seem to get them to stay in my hair. I've found a few tutorials online and have followed their instructions, but my rope braids never want to stay! I am so frustrated because I would really like to learn this style.

    I've tried both the two strand and three strand rope braids and I encountered the same problem with both of them: They want to unravel at the top of the braid near my scalp, and then go on down towards the elastic until all I have is a weird, twisted hair mess! I have also tried putting an elastic at the top of the braid. No go.

    My BF says it's because I have such silky soft hair, but I totally disagree with him because I've seen lots of fine-hairs on here wearing some pretty awesome rope braid styles. I think my problem either lies in my layers, or in that I'm doing something wrong with the tops of my braids. I feel so silly and like I'm missing something.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Was it this awkward when you first learned to rope braid? Can someone explain why my hair just won't stay?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Oh Why, Rope Braid? Why?

    I already wrote in your blog My first rope braids failed miserably because I was trying to rope the whole length at once. When I read a tip roping only one or two twists at the time, it started to work.

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    In the first step you have to twist the strands opposite to how you twist them together. So if you twist the two strands clockwise you have to join them by wrapping them around each other counter-clockwise. It sounds like you´re getting mixed up there.

    ETA: I rope the whole length at once. When I´m done twisting the first strand I stick the end in my mouth to keep it from unravelling. Then I do the second strand, then I rope them together.

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    Ah, I might try that technique. I remember all of the tutorials I saw on YouTube (not many, admittedly as I was in a hurry at the time) had the person who was demonstrating twisting the whole length at once.

    I might try this by starting with a banded ponytail since my layers are still having issues with normal braids.

    Quote Originally Posted by Calista View Post
    In the first step you have to twist the strands opposite to how you twist them together. So if you twist the two strands clockwise you have to join them by wrapping them around each other counter-clockwise. It sounds like you´re getting mixed up there.
    Actually, I was following this instruction. It just wanted to unravel anyway. . . It left me sitting there and scratching my head.
    Last edited by MissManda; December 4th, 2009 at 02:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calista View Post
    In the first step you have to twist the strands opposite to how you twist them together. So if you twist the two strands clockwise you have to join them by wrapping them around each other counter-clockwise. It sounds like youre getting mixed up there.

    ETA: I rope the whole length at once. When Im done twisting the first strand I stick the end in my mouth to keep it from unravelling. Then I do the second strand, then I rope them together.
    What she said. i spent so long -

    " twisting the two strands clockwise you have to join them by wrapping them around each other clockwise"

    and it didn't work. does feel odd doing it correctly at first............ but they do look pretty


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    Default Re: Oh Why, Rope Braid? Why?

    Ok, you're just twisting them the wrong way. I find rope braids really hard to understand, and I always have false starts doing them.

    When you start twisting your hair together, there should be a very distinct rope braid look to it. If it looks more like hair going mush, stop, unravel, then just try twisting them the opposite way and it should then look "right".

    A rope braid won't unravel if you twist it right. So I would suggest you try to do one now, and twist them together the opposite way you've been doing it

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    I learned how to do this first with yarn, and having the strands anchored at the top was key to getting going. Try it with yarn or string if you think your technique might be off. Knot 4 pieces and tape the knot down to a table and start twisting and roping to get the hang of it.

    Securing the top on your head might help. I know you said you tried a hair band at the top, but what if you try anchoring that band with a hair stick as you start? Put your ponytail in the band, then put the hair stick into scalp hair, over the band and into scalp hair on the other side. I think that would prevent the rope braid from turning over and getting looser as you work your way down. When you get the rope finished, you could take the stick out.

    I twist most of the length, but then as I backwards twist the two pieces to make the rope, I keep re-twisting or tightening the twists in the length as I work my way down.
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    Default Re: Oh Why, Rope Braid? Why?

    OOO! It took me awhile to get this rope braiding down. I love rope braids! I have had my best successes with them by oiling my hair with EVOO before braiding. It makes it look sleaker and holds down the fly aways IMO!

    Also, I don't think rope braids and layers work that well. If they're long layers, it may but short layers... not so much because the ends would pop and make the braid look like a frayed rope getting ready to break.

    Good luck! Keep practicing!

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    The BEST rope braiding tutorial is by torrinpage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImcPuruQMAw

    Watching her do it, and her explanation helped me to finally make sense of the rope braid.
    Just keep growing....

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    NurseMama, thank you for that link!

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