How to Do a Rope Twist Bun

Say hello to your new favorite twisted updo style.

rope twist bun tutorial: back view of style

If you’re looking for a beauty site that has endless hairstyling tips and ideas for your favorite hairstyles, you’ve come to the right place. Not to toot our horns or anything, but we definitely have it all. Think about it: When you think of a bun hairstyle, how many different hairstyles immediately come to mind? Not many, huh? But I bet we have some more looks up our sleeve.

Let’s talk a little more about bun hairstyles before diving into our new tutorial. Some like it high, some like it low, disheveled, curly, sleek… the list goes on and on. We’re saying this all to say: If you can’t seem to come up with a new way to wear a bun, dig a little deeper. We’re sure you can come up with a new way to wear the popular updo style. Out of ideas? We’re here to help!

For this tutorial, we’re broadening your horizons with this simple rope twist bun. Since we’ve been on the twisted hairstyles train as of late, why not? Read on to learn how you can create yet another bun hairstyle, but this one is with a twist! Obviously.

Tutorial: Easy Rope Twist Bun Hairstyle


Prep your hair for styling.

Clean or second-day hair, it really doesn’t matter with this rope bun hairstyle. What does matter is that your hair is manageable and easy to comb through. If you need some help in this department use a leave-in spray to detangle and moistures. Our current go-to: Nexxus Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist. This leave-in conditioner can be used after washing your hair or during the week to add moisture when needed.

rope twist tutorial: hair down

Work product through and detangle.

After adding your leave-in to your hair, gently detangle with your fingers. If needed, after detangling your hair, you can add a hair oil like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to lock in moisture and add shine to your hair.

rope twist detangle hair

Coil hair ends.

To create the rope effect, split your hair into two sections and coil each section until your hair is completely twisted.

rope twist tutorial: coil hair ends

Twist hair.

Twist hair all the way down to the ends.

rope twist bun tutorial: twist hair

Secure hair ends.

Fasten the ends of your hair with a hair elastic.

rope twist bun: fasten hair ends

Create your rope twist bun.

Wrap your hair ends into a neat bun and insert hair pins to lock it in place.

rope twist create bun

Final look.

All done! A brand new way to wear your favorite bun hairstyle. If you want to make this look last all day, spray with a firm hold hairspray like TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Hairspray.

rope twist bun side view

For more simple bun hairstyles head over to our Updos page! Can’t decide which one you want to try? Let us help you out! Try your hand at this half-neat, half-messy updo bun style.

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