Saturday, September 24, 2011

Twisted Rope Braid Updo

It's been some time since I've done my last hair tutorial, hasn't it? Well ever since I posted my "Would You Rather?" tag video and MAC Turquatic Inspired tutorial I've had a large number of requests for the rope-braided updo that I wore in both posts. It's a look that I've sported a lot this past summer, and I think it would still be really chic to wear this fall with a warm scarf around the neck. :)



Products Used:
Snag-Free Hair Elastics (similar)
Goody Spin Pins (for blondes or mini pins)
LOFT Sequin Flower Pin (similar, similar, similar)

One tip that I find useful with this hairstyle, and most other updos in general, is to work with dirty hair. I know! Some of you might think it's gross, but if you skip a day of washing hair and instead use a dry shampoo (I'm currently using Suave Dry Shampoo which I talked about here) to soak up the oils and give volume, you actually get a ton of texture and the hair really holds the style nicely.

Great for those too-lazy-to-wash-hair days! I know I'm not the only one who gets those, right? ;D


And a view from the back. I can't tell you how much of a lifesaver this hairstyle was during the hot summer days when I didn't want anything touching my neck!


The best part about this hairstyle is that it's easier to do than a traditional 3-strand french braid or dutch braid so it goes much quicker. At the same time, not many people do this type of twisted rope braid so you'll get people asking you how you did it because it looks more complicated than it is! I'm all about the high impact-low effort when it comes to hair. ;)

I hope you guys enjoyed this hair tutorial and let me know in the comments if there are any other hair requests that you have!



38 comments:

  1. I love this hairstyle, you look gorgeous!

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  2. Oh wow here I am thinking it's going to be super complicated and turns out it's as easy as brushing my hair! Love it!

    I'm just so bad with hair styling though! I'll have to give this a try still xP

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  3. I can't French braid my own hair at all, so this is perfect. Super simple and beautiful. Thanks, Jen!

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  4. you look orgeous!! Such an elegant hair style!

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  5. this looks amazing! I think it'll be even more amazing to wear it at night and then see the beautiful waves in the morning!

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  6. Good tutorial, Jen! The twisting in the opposite direction is something new, plus this braid looks better than a regular braid on my hair because it's fine in the front. Added it to my to-do list!

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  7. Oops, I meant it works for me because MY hair is fine in the front.

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  8. very nice! I wish my hair is longer so that I could do this style. =)

    it's actually my first time to see how the goody spiral pins are being used. thanks for that!

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  9. love the hairstyle jen!!! you look very pretty too!!!

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  10. This hairstyle looks so cute :) Great tutorial!

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  11. The hairstyle looks lovely on you~
    If my hair was longer, I'd be happy to try it out!

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  12. How beautiful looks that?! Soooo awesome! I really love your hair styles! ♥

    http://4seasons92.blogspot.com/

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  13. well done:)
    i also will try this out

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  14. So pretty! Great tutorial :)

    http://prettypoupee.blogspot.com/

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  15. Love your hair tutorials!! Very inspiring!! ^^ However, I can't do the French braid on my own. Too bad... =___=;; Need to practice more.

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  16. I absolutely adore the flower clip on the side of your hair! :)

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  17. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Your hair looks great and thanks to your super clear instructions, I can replicate your look. Will you also teach us how to do a fish tail braid some time?

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  18. this hair do is sooo sooo cute!!
    i don't know if anyone says this to you before, you have a very pretty forehead XD (is it weird to say? but i think ur forehead is pretty haha :)

    thanks for the video and the post!

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  19. thank you for the video! im going to give this hair do a try =) i really suck with doing stuff to my hair but your tutorial really made it easy for me to learn. keep up with the great work and i have just started to follow your blog.

    somethingaboutkerri.blogspot.com

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  20. That is so pretty! I love the braid! Thank you for the post! Gorgeous!

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  21. Hi ! Well, I´m spanish (sorry for the mistakes)and I watched your video on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSkCxpKqDQQ&feature=player_embedded#!

    It´s really spectacular !
    Please you visit my blog (has got traductor):

    http://aniimelandiia.blogspot.com/

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  22. Yup, you're right about those lazy hair days, it's perfect :)

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  23. SO cute!! You're SO creative!!

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  24. Hi Jen! I'm new to the petite blogging community and wanted to say hello. I'm such a moron when it comes to fixing my hair so thank you for this tutorial!

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  25. Hi Jen! This is great! I'm really bad at doing my hair so if you have any other easy buns please share them! Also, I have similar eye shape as you and I'm trying to use eyelid tape however whenever I try to use tape, its always really obvious! Could you please please please do a tutorial on how to best wear eyelid tape without being obvious! Thanks so much!

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  26. love it! :) thanks for the great tutorial!

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  27. I thought you have a normal braid (which is what I normally do) but your version is much more interesting and unseen :)
    I love it

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  28. What makeup did you pack for your trip? I'm curious to know if it more "posh" or complex than what you showed in you what's in my travel bag" video, given that you were traveling to *Paris* with beauty bloggers.

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  29. Hey yeah so like my friend posted your your fringe bangs tutorial saying that you look like me but older version and i thought you were really pretty and i cannot be that pretty when i grow up! LOL just wanted to tell you because i like your outfits,personality,and lots of stuff! You r amazing I wish i could only meet u real life! btw im really young my birthday is comming up but yeah i'm gonna turn 12 i hope you can read this! :) byee!

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  30. thanks for this tutorial, the instructions were simple to follow and the results look great!

    Will there be any chance that you will post a fish-tail braid tutorial cos I always wanted to pick up the ways to make the braid but the instructions from other sites weren't that friendly to follow. :)

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  31. I gave this look a try since I've always loved the side braids. I did have one hang up though - do you have problems doing one side over the other? I am right handed, so I figured the right side would be easy. Wrong! I had to do the right side at least three times before it came out looking even remotely like what you did, while the left side came out perfect first shot.

    Do you have issues doing one side over the other?

    Maybe it will just take some practice <3

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  32. its nice tutorial look nice.

    with thanks
    Flat irons

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  33. i like hairstyles i want to say that i can serme whole life to the hairstyles i can hairstyles easily do this i like it.hairstyles are a primitive one and often linked with the popular and demanding styles in 60s and 70s both in men and women. A parallel hairstyles approach is still followed for girls and women in modern hairstyles amazing hairstyle with a little untidy that confers a curly hairstyles rock & roll look to your hair. This curly hairstyles. style has gone through slight changes over the time. Unlikely to older styles.

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  34. Hi, Jen!

    It's new year's day and I was looking for a tutorial on how to braid your own hair and I stumbled upon your post. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this and I was just amazed that with low effort (compared to other braids) you could have a great look like this. [Of course it helps that you're pretty, too. :)] Used to think this takes sooo much work. Definitely all for high impact-low effort hair styling! Thank you so much!

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