by NaturallyChelsea via NaturallyCurly

I bet you didn’t know that, besides the regular method of twisting, there is another way to twist your hair called rope twisting. It’s really simple and easy, yet so much better than simply regularly twisting your coils. If you haven’t already been clued in on this method, here’s a simple how-to that will have you rope twisting like a pro in no time.

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Step 1
  • First, section off a small piece of hair like you would if you were twisting normally and secure the rest of your hair so that it doesn’t get in the way.
  • Split that section into two equal pieces.
  • With one hand, twirl one section using your index finger and do the same to the other piece in the other hand and hold the sections securely to ensure that they do not unwind.

Step 2

  • Once done twirling both sections, twist them together as you would a normal twist ensuring that the twirled sections do not unwind. Once you get to the end of the twist, use your index finger to spin the hair around the finger to coil the ends and prevent them from unraveling.
  • And there you have it: one rope twist.

Rope Twist vs. Ordinary Twist
Some of you may be wondering what the difference is between rope twisting and ordinary twisting. The twist on the left is a normal one, and the twist on the right is a rope twist. As you can see, a rope twist:

  • Makes a twirlier twist because of the method used to create it.
  • Lasts longer because the hair is wound first then twisted, so it’s more bound and therefore harder to unravel midway down the twist like normal twists would do after a few days.
  • Reduces frizz because the hair is first twirled before twisted. Thus, it is tightly bound reducing frizz. Normal twists are known for frizzing out after a few days or a wash, but this method will help to combat this.
  • The twists are more stretched, hang better and are shinier.

Tina Munzu has an excellent video that will walk you through exactly how she twists using this technique. She uses the Camile Rose Coconut Water Style Setter.

Do you rope twist? What are your results?