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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rope bun

Today I'm excited to share a hair tutorial that's perfect for traveling! When your hair is messy and sea-salty, twist it back into this nautical-inspired rope bun. Perfect for the beach, exploring around town or heading to dinner. My hair-genius friend Caroline shares the steps below, and the fabulous Jamie Beck took photos...
"I love this style when I want to keep my hair off my neck, but don't want to do the regular ol' topknot that I usually wear. It's great for summer weddings, too!" -- Caroline

1-2. Gather hair into a low ponytail on one side of your head.

3. Divide the ponytail into two equal sections.

4. Twist both sections of hair AWAY from your face (in a counter-clockwise direction).

5-6. Take the back section and bring it IN FRONT of the other section and repeat. Keep bringing the section that is in the back over and in front of the other section. This is how you make a rope braid. (You basically want to twist the sections in one direction, then wrap them around each other in the opposite direction.)

7. Tie the end of the rope braid with a rubber band. (You can stop here if you want, and just have a cute side rope ponytail!)

8. Wrap the braid in a circle around the top elastic until it becomes a bun, and pin the bun with bobby pins to secure. Don't forget to tuck the tail of the rope braid behind the bun to hide it.
Gorgeous! Thanks again, Caroline and Jamie. xoxo

Thoughts? Would you wear this? Will you be wearing it on summer adventures?

P.S. Ten more hair tutorials, and the secret to pretty hair when traveling.

(Photos by Jamie Beck for Cup of Jo. In the how-to photos, Caroline is wearing vintage jeans (similar ones here) and a polka-dot sweater from Cardigan--Cardigan is having a huge sample sale right now, and Cup of Jo readers get an extra 10% off with the code CUPOFJO. (Thanks, Cardigan!) In the outdoor shots, Caroline is wearing a striped top that's also from Cardigan, a men's jacket (similar one here) and shiny black loafers. Her jewelry is from her own line, Brvtvs, and will be available soon.)

100 comments:

Tinacious Me said...

this is really cute! if only i have longer hair!
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The Intrepid French Learner said...

So cute and chic! Tinacious Me beat me to it - I really need longer hair to pull off this look, especially considering that my hair is very fine, so I need a lot of length in order to get a substantial bun.

Melody said...

This is really cute! I will def. be trying it out during the hot summer days.

Brooklyn said...

yet another reason i'm growing my hair out - love this rope bun!

Sarah Carlson said...

Beautiful and so easy! This will be the perfect look for my long trip to Florida!

tara polly said...

so cute and easy! love it.
xo. blog.tarapolly.com

jessica said...

I love your hair tutorials, always super cute, fresh, and most importantly, EASY!

Kelsey Nicole said...

I love this! Perfect for the beach!

Natalie said...

love it! ANd love the cute hair wisps on the side :)

stephanie said...

Love it! Caroline is so beautiful.

alissa b said...

can't wait to try this! and these photos of caroline are stunning!

great post!

alissa b
http://alissab.us

ElsaD said...

It's very stylish! :) It's also cool to wear it during the beach day, so that at night time u can have nice beachy waves -which, combined with some sun-kissed glow, can create a very attractive look! xoxo

Joanna Goddard said...

short hair tutorials coming up!! we just need a model:)

Joanna Goddard said...

natalie, i agree:) caroline is a master of the bedheady look :)

Joanna Goddard said...

stephanie, i know, she is gorgeous. (and so nice, too!)

house of earnest said...

oooh! I'll definitely try it! I need an update to my typical summer 'do.
How cute is Caroline? Love the little loafers.

Becca said...

a) These are seriously some of the most beautiful pictures of Caroline yet! b) My wallet hates you right now for the sample sale announcement right now (sequins were totally a summer necessity :) ).

Becca

Kelsey said...

goodness i love this... practicing right now.
kw, ladiesinnavy

Victoria said...

My medium length hair is just not good at short hairstyles or pretty styles like this. I'm working on growing it out but I look bad with really long hair, so it's tough! :( I love this though! I'm going to try it anyway!

Alice said...

Love it! I'm definitely trying it out this summer!

Love, Y said...

OoOo I will definitely incorporate this to my usual hair do's...agree, very nice alternative to the top knot, which I have on my head all the time :)

Caroline is so pretty! Her natural makeup and blush are always so perfect!

xoxox

roza said...

oh i miss my long hair!
i love caroline's style. simple and chic.


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girlseeksplace said...

I wish my hair were long enough to do this. It's classy and casual.

Anonymous said...

This may be my favorite hair tutorial yet! (And I just looked at the great sale at Cardigan!)

Sharon said...

What kind of camera does Jamie Beck use? Love the closeups and the subway shot!

Etheline said...

I actually have too much hair for many of the hair tutorials. It's long, thick, and heavy, so I need millions of bobby pins to even hope that a bun will stay in. Haha, I guess we each need our own model/hair stylist!

Alexandra said...

I love the hair tutorials! But: I would be thrilled to see tutorials for shorter hair. Sure some of the other ladies out there too...

his little lady said...

so perfect! loving this simple and effortless look!!
xo TJ

Anela said...

Do you have any short haired friends that are as trendy and creative ans Caroline? The buns and twists just arent' working for my slightly grown out bob!

Alyssa said...

Gorgeous! Can't wait to try this :)

Rini said...

When I see all the hair tutorials with Caroline, I want my hair grow. At the moment it's only chin-lenght so I have to wait a while.
I really like your blog and motherhood Mondays!

xoxo
http://touchkajal.blogspot.ch/

Elsa said...

Cute! Love the photos!

Jamie said...

So cute. Perfect for summer!

Jessie said...

love this hair style. will definitely try it out!

xo

Breanna said...

This is perfect. It may become my go-to hairstyle for the summer.

Sally said...

Just did it!! This will be a new go-to style for me! Thank you - I love the hair tutorials!

Kate said...

I love this hair tutorial! WIll have to try it out some time for sure! x

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Amielle said...

These photos are all gorgeous, as is her outfit. So perfect.

Erica said...

This is my kind of hairstyle! I will be trying this as opposed to my usual ballerina bun!

sara said...

what a great summer alternative to the top knot! love it.

katie said...

that polka-dot sweater instantly captured my heart, and even though i'm on a strict budget, I couldn't resist... thanks for finagling 10% off for your readers-sans-discipline, Joanna...!

Bethany said...

Joanna, I am thrilled that finally someone is teaching me what in the world to do with my long hair! I'm in that very unfortunate postpartum stage when hair falls out at an alarming rate, but I don't want to cut it off. Thanks to many of these tutorials, I'm in control again (and not bored with my options), hair is cute, out of my face, and best of all, not dropping in everything I cook (gah!!!) In any case, thanks to you, Caroline and Jamie for helping me out!!! So grateful!!!

Bambi said...

YAY FOR THE CAROLINE TUTORIALS! XD
Thanks Jo, Jamie and Caroline! :D Love you guys!!

My favorite tutorial so far is the gibson roll/tuck tutorial and the pretzel braid one! :D I also like the French bun, this one and the mermaid braid but to be honest I love them aaaallll!! :D

My hair is about shoulder length and very very curly but when I dampen it and braid it the curls become more symetrical and less afro haha :')

Dare I ask for another tutorial? :D Love this blog, Jo!! :D xoxoxox Bisous!!

Yvonne said...

I wish you would do hair tutorials with shorter hair. I have total hair envy for all these cute long-haired looks!

melissa said...

This is adorable! sadly my hair is wayyyyyyy too thick for most of your tutorials, but I still love to look :D

helen stackhouse said...

love the rope bun! :)

BUT please ask her what style her jeans are, I must know!! :)

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lindsay said...

where is her jacket from? as much as i loved the hair, i couldn't take my eyes off that jacket. brand, please?? <3

bluehour said...

Cool. This seems lie a perfect fit for my super long, super straight hair...

The Coattail Effect said...

love this outfit, very understated but fashionable--parisian chic! i would wear this but probably in the fall...it's too muggy in D.C. to wear this in the summer

xx,
thecoattaileffect.blogspot.com

Ana said...

I adore the chic bun look! I talk about the "mama hair" bun on my blog as well. http://ana-embry.com/?p=227

Love your blog. :)

Sarah @ Designs Good said...

she's always so gorgeous!

Adeola Naomi said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Rachael said...

Love this hairstyle! So cute and looks pretty easy. I will definitely be trying this this summer!!

KELLY said...

Could she be any cuter?! Great post!

KELLY said...

Could she be any cuter?! Great post!

Nicole said...

I'd love to try this style this summer!

[Treasure Tromp] 

Scout and Rice said...

Jo, I would love to see some hair tutorials for short-hair girls! Mine is just above shoulder-height and I can't wear a lot of the hair styles you post (unless I want 65 pins holding it together!).

Also - Wooooo sample sale!!

Anonymous said...

Damn your gorgeous friend and her amazing hair and photogenic face! I'm furiously growing out my hair to try this. Grass growing is a heck of a lot faster.

Elisa said...

Gorgeous! Would love to see tutorials for curly hair, too!

Sonja said...

since it's what feels like 37 degrees in Shanghai at the moment, I will try this right away....

Kat Schneider said...

Unfortunately none of the tutorials have worked on my super-thick hair...which really bums me out because they all look gorgeous! Oh well...

Hayley said...

Such a great tutorial! It looks super easy and gorgeous.
Any chance of a make-up tutorial/make-up product list from Caroline? She always looks so chic and beautiful.

.aubrey c. said...

Really pretty, love it just as the twist too though!

http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

Emily said...

Very fun! and I definitely just got a nice sweater from Cardigan... thanks for the link to the sample sale!

Anonymous said...

While I do love the hair tutorials I can never do any of the do's as I have crazy and wild curly hair - can you please try and do some fun curly hair tutorials as us curlies who also need some fun and new ways of doing our hair! Thanks! Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Love the hair and love that coat!

Anonymous said...

I have long hair, I and tried it, but it doesn't look as good as the model's does. Maybe I need someone to do it for me. :)

Stripes-ON-Stripes said...

Loved this... so easy!

Irene said...

I love the entire styling. Urban bohemian perfection.

Kleiderhauli said...

hello dear,
great blog
want to follow each other?

:)

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Yazmak iyidir... said...

Caroline has inspired me sooo much how to use long hair in an urban and girly style, I'd like to thank her!
Actually, the rope pony tail was just something I had just started doing at the office and I was soo pleased with it (thanks again for the inspirations) and now I'm shocked to see it in a tutorial :)

And, we need more summer hair! It's crazy hot here (Istanbul)

Amanda said...

Rockin this look for a travel day today. The only thing I had trouble with was the layrs in my hair didn't want to stay twisted up. But, I slicked them down with some water and it worked. Love this!

Marie said...

Stunning pictures and you're absolutely gorgeous! :-)

Kate said...

So so pretty, I wish my hair was long enough to do this to!

Jess the Chipster said...

Super chic, I love it. I want to dye my hair, because these styles would look a lot better on streaked hair, where you can see the twists, rather than my solid black hair...

Gessami said...

Simple and nice! I love this bun!

The slow pace said...

I looooooooooove these hair tutorials! I always try them at home... not very successfully, though :-P

Jessica Sliman said...

Cute! I love your hair tutorials :)

Elena said...

I used to rope braid my hair. Never thought of turning it into a bun - great idea! Lovely photos as well (as always)

xx

http://www.randomlyhappytoday.blogspot.co.uk

Fai said...

I like her! She is so chic

CAMILLA said...

I adore hair tutorials!!!!!!
Thanks Joanna! :)

Camilla

http://kamired.blogspot.it/

Geetika said...

I'm such a fan of these tutorials, but could you include some guide for women with hair that is a little on the thicker end? A lot of these styles seem better suited for women with finer hair. Beautiful photos!

www.readgeetikasblog.blogspot.com

kimberly flower said...

So chic and simple! Any ideas on where the scarf she is wearing is from? Thanks! xoxo

Jesse said...

of course its cute and chic at the same time. i love these hair tutorials!

hairbowsandbutter said...

Oh. Wow.

1) That polka dot shirt you have on while you're styling your bun is amazing, I would like one in every color! (Where did you get that from?)

2) This hair style is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

magooski said...

I always love these hair tutorials, but my hair is layered because it is pretty thick, so these styles don't work as well. Does Caroline have suggestions for gals with thick, layered or wavy hair? Also, to keep down on frizz!! Lovely pics too!

Marty and Julia said...

i really enjoy these hair tutorial posts. it has inspired me to be more creative with my hair. keep them coming!

CamMi Pham said...

That bun is nice and perfect for both casual and formal events. thanks for sharing sadly i dont have long hair anymore
x
cammi
http://www.cammilicious.com/

La Maman Heureuse said...

I love those pictures and the bun looks cute and fun. I'm going to try this for work tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

Foteini P. said...

Already done this twice!!! Super easy and chic! Loved it!! Great feedback from my friends!!!! :D :D

Thanks!!!! :D

Jamie Lee said...

Love this! Random questions for Caroline: I have layered hair so any twisting that I do leaves tons of stray hairs sticking out. Is there any way to minimize this? Or should I just embrace the messiness. Also, this is silly, but apparently somewhere in my femal upbringing I never learned how to properly use a bobby pin. I use them all the time, but I know I don't use them in the most effective way. Often an hour or so after I do my hair I get a few falling out and usually have to redo the style. Am I the only one? If not, maybe we could get a quick refresher on this? :)

forskolin said...

Great, I love it, natural and cute!
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allie said...

i adore these hair tutorials... i can't wait until mine is long enough to give this style a try! caroline looks so sheek and lovely!

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That with or without DEPLAND- ONOLAND on DEWORPH & BUNN?
You getting " punked" for " KANSAS KINGS".
Don't feel bad.
So is " DISCO PUNK".
See you in Cannes.

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Jen said...

This is so gorgeous! Definitely going to try this out!

http://jhairreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
I'm currently doing a few of my own hair tutorials :)

Via Mojo said...

I love this and gonna try!
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