I've finally found the time and gumption to attempt a hair tutorial for you! The photo quality is terrible, and I suspect my expressions might pass for a Study in Ten Parts on Achieving the Cheesy Smile...
...But all that aside, I do hope you enjoy! My next goal is to get a video tutorial series set up, but for now... Well, it's for now. ;)
You will need:
Hair long enough to wrap around your head at least halfway
bobby pins and/or hair clips
It takes approx. 5-10 minutes to do this style, depending on how much hair you have to braid!
- With a side part, section off a portion of hair from the top of your head. This gives a bit of pouf and volume, making a more vintage silhouette.
- Pin in place - I like to use three bobbies in a criss-cross for stability
- Separate your hair into two equal sections.
- Divide each section into two once more, keeping both halves of your hair apart. You may want to clip up the side you're not working on, out of the way.
- Take both sections of hair and twist them to the left.
- Keeping both sections tightly twisted, twist them together to the right. It is important to twist both sections together the opposite of the way you twisted them individually, as this is what forms the rope.
- Continue twisting to the right, clear to the end of your hair. Fasten with a hair band.
- Repeat steps 4-7 on the remaining side.
- Giving each rope strand an extra twist or two to make them smooth and even, wrap them, one at a time, around your head in a crown. Tuck the rope ends underneath the main rope, and pin or clip in place. My hair is so heavy that I've found only octopus clips will keep it up, but hairpins might be the perfect invisible solution for your hair!
That's it - what takes so many words to describe is truly quite simple, once you've mastered the concept of rope braiding.