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Photographed by Christine Hahn at Altered Agency; Styled by Savannah White; Hair by Natasha Leibel at ARTISTS by Timothy Priano; Makeup by Grace Ahn; Nails by Rachel Shim / Artists By Timothy Priano; Modeled by Lauren P. at Marilyn Agency; Modeled by Thais at Muse Model Management
Know The Ropes
A rope braid is the easiest of braids to do on yourself. Why? Because it's not technically a braid. Start by brushing your hair into a high ponytail. You can keep the crown smooth by spritzing in a bit of spray gel and combing it through. Next, take a strand from the underside of your ponytail, and wrap it around your hair tie to camouflage it. Tuck the ends back into your hair tie (or secure the wrap with a few bobby pins); no one will be the wiser.
Split your ponytail into two equal sections. Take the lefthand section first, and tightly twist the full length of it outward or toward the left. Next, tightly twist the righthand section toward the right, all the way to the ends. (If you have a lot of layers, it can be helpful to start with wet hair, so your ends don't poke out along the length of your pony.)
Next, coil these two sections together into one totally twisted tail. If your hair is really slippery, use a few blasts of texture spray to help the sections hold together. Tie off at the ends with an elastic.
Finish with a blast of strong-hold hairspray. And if you're prone to flyaways, smooth a bit of pomade through your crown.
Slick It Down
This dual-textured hairstyle is one we like to keep in our back pockets for days when we just don't want to wash our hair (it happens). It's actually easier to pull off if you already have some texture in your hair to work with, says Leibel. Start by using a tail comb to create a deep side-part. Spray the top half of your hair only (from ears up) with spray gel, then tuck each side behind your ears. Smooth down any lumps or bumps with your comb, and then let the gel dry.