Upgrade Your Ponytail With This Easy Rope Braid Tutorial

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Lazy people of the world, rejoice! The rope braid is here to upgrade your average pony with a playful twist, and it's easier than any other plaiting technique out there. Seriously, it will only take you a few extra minutes in the morning — and it has proven time and time again to be a huge runway and red carpet trend.

In fact, it only requires two easy steps: Create a high ponytail, then divide the length into two even sections and twist 'em together. The trick, however, is first twisting each section away from the other, that way, they will stay in place after being secured at the end with a small elastic.

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