Motivated by the nautical trend in fashion and home décor, I wanted to create an updo using rope braids. Aptly named for their resemblance to two-strand rope, these braids make the perfect base for a seafaring style. Rope braids are very easy to create and should only take you a few minutes. I created two for this look, then twisted them into a maritime-inspired knot. The knot is pretty simple and I’ve drawn an illustration to make the technique easier to see. Just in case you find it difficult, I’ve included two additional styles using the same two rope braids that you may find easier to recreate.
View the slideshow below for step-by-step instructions on how to create the nautical knot updo.
Nautical Knot Updo Tutorial 1 of 11
Click through to find out how to create this look!
Step 1: Your Hair 2 of 11
Section your hair down the center into two roughly equal sections.
Step 2: Create Ponytails 3 of 11
Tie each section into a ponytail using a small hair band.
Step 3: Rope Braid Each Ponytail 4 of 11
If you don't know how to create a rope braid, visit this tutorial for guidance. The handy video and instructions makes the technique super easy to follow. If you can twist your hair, you can create these simple braids.
Step 4: Fold One Rope Braid 5 of 11
Shape one of the braids into a sideways "U" shape with the curve of the "U" toward the other braid.
Step 5: Create the Knot 6 of 11
From underneath, fold the second braid up over the bottom of your loop. Then thread it under the top of the loop and back over the top. Finally, insert the end of the braid under its origin.
Step 6: Pull Tight and Pin 7 of 11
Grap the ends of both braids and gently pull to tighten the knot. Use bobby pins to secure it.
Step 7: Hide the Ends 8 of 11
Tuck each end up under the knot and pin in place with bobby pins. Hide the Ends.
Step 8: Make Adjustments 9 of 11
Use a hand mirror to check your knot and pin any areas necessary to alter the shape of the knot and hide the bands. If you have a split at your part, join the hair on either side and slide a bobby pin in to connect the two sides.
Easier Option #1 10 of 11
If you don't feel like fiddling with a knot, you can just fold each rope braid over and wrap the end around the base of the opposite braid to hide the bands. Pin in place.
Easier Option # 2 11 of 11
Alternately, you can wind each rope braid into a coil and secure with bobby pins.