Friday, February 24, 2012

Beauty Parlor: Rope Crown Tutorial

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
hair bands
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!

Text Instructions:
  1. 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.
  2. Pin in place - I like to use three bobbies in a criss-cross for stability 
  3. Separate your hair into two equal sections.
  4. 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.
  5. Take both sections of hair and twist them to the left.
  6. 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.
  7. Continue twisting to the right, clear to the end of your hair.  Fasten with a hair band.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 on the remaining side.
  9. 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.  
Be sure to let me know if you try this style - and if you have any questions!

Stay tuned for more!


  1. Kellie...this is adorable! I love it! I'll have to try it sometime :)

    -Anne Marie {at} a Defined Purpose

  2. Kellie, this is a simply lovely hair do, I do declare I will be trying it very soon! Thanks so much, and also you have a lovely smile :)

    Much Love,

  3. Love the hairstyle, and your outfit is darling! Unfortunately, my hair is rather short... so I unable to do this lovely style :(

    GOD's blessings~

    p.s. I picked up The Grand Sophy from the Library today....and love it!!!

  4. Lovely, I wish my hair were long enough. It's barely shoulder length, so I don't think it would work. :) :(

    I've told you this before but, I LOVE your mirror! :)

  5. I've been waiting for you to do a hair tutorial :)I LOVE your beautiful hair!! :) But, for a VISUAL learner--wish you could take a couple of pictures for each step...?:/ (sorry!)And for the end result... maybe a picture of the side and back, as well as the front. You take good pictures, and your smile is sweet--not cheesy :)
    Love your blog!

  6. Thanks for the lovely comments! Those of you who are able to do this style: Happy hair twisting! And for those of you with shorter hair, I'm planning to feature some styles that are applicable on all hair lengths, as well.

    Constance: Oh, so glad you picked up The Grand Sophy... enjoy! ;)

    Thanks, Amanda! I do too;)

    And Joy, I'm so sorry the pictures are not as descriptive as I could wish:( It's quite a challenge to get mirror pictures that really show what is going on, and I couldn't figure out a way to get a good shot of the back by myself. I'm hoping that when I get a video camera set up, those of us who are visual learners can see the process much more clearly.
    Thanks so much for your encouraging words and feedback! I love feedback=)

  7. This is So cute! If my hair wasn't already done for the day, i'd try it right now! LOL... And I LOVE your new header!


  8. Kellie, you did a fabulous job with this hair tutorial!What a clever way to show the steps involved. And you look lovely in that outfit too!Red and black are such a classic combo, I think. I agree with other visitors that your smile is just the sweetest! My hair is too short but for those with long hair, this looks to be worth the time for a Saturday afternoon challenge! Good Luck everyone--if you are successful, the results will be as stunning as Kellie has so beautifully demonstrated!

  9. You look marvelous, dahling...;)

    One of my favorite hairstyles for getting all of my hair off my neck without giving me a headache from the weight of it.

    Love you,

  10. Thanks for the tutorial! I love your hairstyles and I've been hoping you'd do some tutorials. I can't wait to try this out.

  11. Hi Kellie! I just found your blog through Crista Moriah's blog, and I am loving it, so I am your newest follower:)

    In Christ,

  12. Seriously adorable! So trying this, thank you much.

  13. This might actually work on my own weird hair! I can never seem to braid mine...

    Good tutorial! :-D


  14. I've always wanted to know how to do this! When my hair grows a little more, I will definitely try this hairstyle. Thanks for sharing! :)

  15. As usual, your hair looks lovely, girlie. :-) I may try this style, just for something different (I usually do two English braids and wrap them round my head)...assuming my hair isn't too fine. "Scotty--I need more TEXTURE!!!"

    Thanks for sharing!
    God bless,
    ~"Wild Rose"~

  16. *Hopes hair is thick enough to do this*

  17. Definitely will try this, very pretty!


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