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How To Rope Twist Natural Hair

This protective hairstyle is practically fool-proof.
25 Aug 2022
If you’re looking for a protective style that is easy to create, works on your natural hair and takes minimal upkeep, look no further. Let us introduce you to rope twists. Rope twists are quick, easy and very low maintenance. They can be done on natural hair and don’t require a ton of upkeep. Not to mention, once you take them out, you can rock a super defined twist out before your next styling session. We have the scoop on this must-try protective style including what rope twists are, what hair types they work best on, how to twist natural hair, and a step-by-step guide on how to recreate them at-home. Keep reading to learn more.

What is the rope twist hairstyle?

Rope twists are similar to traditional twists, but with an upgrade. If you love sporting twists in your natural hair but have trouble keeping the style in place, this protective style is for you. The twirling-and-twist method used for rope twists is what gives this hairstyle its signature look. Instead of wrapping two strands of hair around each other for a two-strand twist, rope twists start by twirling two strands and then twisting them together.

The rope twist technique results in a twist that is tighter, plumper and even lasts longer and lays flatter than a basic two-strand twist.

Who are rope twists good for?

Rope twists work with any natural hair type, but your hair should be long enough to twist. If you have type 2 curly hair, your rope twists may need to be secured at the ends to keep them in place. Type 3 and 4 curls should be able to hold without an elastic, and the rope twist won’t unravel. Like all protective styles, rope twists are a great way to keep manipulation to a minimum, and this simple style works all year long.

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How to do rope twists

Thankfully, rope twists are an easy hairstyle to do at home. Here are a few easy-to-follow steps that make rope twisting simple and fuss-free.

Wash and condition

Before starting any style, especially a protective style, it’s best to have clean strands. If you plan to sport your rope twists for an extended amount of time, consider doing a deep cleanse with a pre-poo treatment before your routine shampoo and condition. The Goddess Strength Ultra Shield Pre-Poo with Castor Oil helps to detangle and moisturize the hair before you cleanse. It also helps to keep breakage and split ends at bay. If your strands need a little extra TLC, apply a handful of the Goddess Strength Cocoon Hydrating Hair Mask for a deep conditioning treatment.

Apply styling products

Once your hair is clean and conditioned, it’s time to add your favorite hair products for curly hair. We recommend starting with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners for curly hair help to add moisture and can work as a primer for the hair to help styles last longer. Since the rope twists are a protective style and you’ll likely want to wear them for a few days, a styling product with hold is a great option. Wash Day Delight Hair Gel to Foam Styler Aloe is a lightweight foam mousse with 48-hour natural hold. No flakes or stiffness here.

Section the hair

Depending on the look you’re trying to create, you’ll want to start with different section sizes for your rope twists. There’s really no rules when it comes to section size, but you want to be sure that all sections are the same size. So if you start small, you’ll have to continue rope twisting small sections. Once you have the section size of your choosing, secure the rest of the hair out of the way.

Twirl and twist

Now that you have your first section, split it in half into two pieces. Use your left hand to twirl the left strand from root to tip. With your right hand, twirl the right strand from root to tip. Try to keep a strong hold on your twirled strands so they don’t unravel. Once both strands of hair are twirled tightly, twist them together like you would a traditional two-strand twist. Note: If you find that any parts of the hair look dry before twirling and twisting, apply a small amount of Wash Day Delight Cream Serum Hair Moisturizer Aloe. Dry strands will result in frizz and puffiness, so keeping the hair properly moisturized is key to flawless rope twists.

Secure and seal

Once the hair is twisted, use your finger or a rat tooth comb to coil the end. If your hair doesn’t hold the twist secure at the end, add a clear elastic.


Once your first twist is completed, repeat this process with the same size sections until all the hair is twisted.

For more protective styles, check out Spring Twists Are The Low-Maintenance Protective Style You Need.

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