The French Rope Braid Updo: Create a Beautiful First Impression With This Hairstyle

It's time to learn another chic and elegant hairstyle as we teach you how to create a French rope braid updo!

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Asian woman with a French rope braid updo hairstyle wearing a floral dress

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They say first impressions last. And when it’s your first time to meet someone—whether it’s on a date, at a party, or your first day of school—you gotta look your best, right? For this, we believe we have just the right hairstyle for you: the French rope braid updo.

Relax, it’s not as complicated as it looks and sounds like. Yes, it’s twisty, but it can be done in simple steps. No worries, we’ve got your back with this French rope braid updo tutorial.

How to Create the French Rope Braid Updo


Nourish your hair

A beautiful French rope braid updo starts with healthy hair. Renew your hair’s strength with TRESemmé Total Salon Repair Shampoo and TRESemmé Total Salon Repair Conditioner. They also help get rid of signs of damage, so your hair is ready for any hairstyle you want. 


Asian woman smiling with her hair down

Divide into sections

The French rope braid secret: divide your hair into sections so that the twisting will be a lot easier. Do this by taking one section of your hair from one side, then dividing it into two smaller sections.



Asian woman dividing her hair into sections

Twist all together

Now, the twisting starts. As you twist your hair together, the sections come in play by adding more hair as you go along the way. Do this until you reach the nape of your neck.  

Asian woman twisting her hair from her crown to the side

Bun it up

After all the twisting, make the final one by twisting your hair into a bun. Secure it with bobby pins spritzed with TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairsray. Use as many pins as you need so you’re sure your bun is all secured.


French rope braid: Back of an Asian woman twisting her braid into a bun

Strike a smile

All done! Now wear a charming pair of earrings and your pretty smile to seal your French rope braid updo look.

French rope braid updo: Back side of an Asian woman showing off her French rope braid updo with a smile

That was easy, right? Now you’re all ready to go out and mingle. With the French rope braid updo, you’ll be looking your best as you greet everyone.

Other Braid Updo’s You Can Cop

Aside from the French rope braid updo, you can also try these braided hairstyles!

1. Crown Braid

Closeup shot of an Asian woman with short black hair in crown braid
Launch yourself as the school princess into the new academic year. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you want something a little more extra than the French rope braid updo, go for a crown braid. This hairstyle will make you feel like a princess in the hallways. Did we mention it’s also great even with the short hair? Because it is!

2. Flower Braid

woman wearing a black jacket with her flower braid
With long hair, you can sport a fuller updo like the flower braid. Credit: Hariono Halim

Similar to the French rope braid updo, this braid hairstyle will give you a sophisticated look that will make heads turn. It’s not as difficult as it looks because you can do it in seven simple steps!

3. Halo Braid

Updos for long hair: Asian woman with hair in halo braid
A halo braid makes your hair look like it’s styled by a pro! Credit: Hariono Halim

The halo braid will definitely get angels singing (we bet you saw that coming). Try this hairstyle for an elegant, polished, and even angelic look.

Braids can really go a long way in making you look more stylish. With the French rope braid updo and other similar hairstyles putting your braid game a little further, there’ll be no room for a bad hair day!

Next read: Need more options for your braided bun look? Check out these hairstyles!

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