Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cornrows & Sister/Rope Twists Braided to the Side

This is the style I did on A's banded hair. I did this over the course of 3 days because I started during the school week and we didn't want to sit for long periods of time. I absolutely love the look of sister/rope twists! I actually tried to make a video tutorial but for some reason the tripod would not stay straight up, it kept falling down so I gave up after 3 tries. I will have to figure it out because I really want to post more tutorials.

  • Again, I started on stretched hair from banding. If you are not familiar with banding, please check out our banding frequently asked questions post.
  • I began by parting a section near her left ear for the first cornrow. If you do not know how to cornrow, please check out our cornrowing for beginners post.
  • I continued cornrowing three sections near her left ear, then I moved on to the other side at her hairline. I cornrowed three sections on that side then went back to the other side. No reason in particular, this is just how I like to do it. You can certainly stay on one side until you reach the other side.
  • At the end of each cornrow I took the three sections and made them into just two sections by borrowing hair from the middle section and adding it into the right and left section. 
  • After I had two sections of hair I began doing a sister twist, otherwise known as rope twist. This is not a regular two strand twist. You simply begin twisting one section clockwise and the other section counter clockwise as you twist all the way down. Continue this twisting motion (twist one section to the right and one to the left) until you reach the ends. Please check out this sister twist video tutorial. Once you get to the end of the twist, roll the ends between your index and thumb several times to make sure the twist stays.
  • After I cornrowed and twisted the top, I parted the hair horizontally at the nape of the neck and tied the rest of the hair off to get it out of my way. I parted small squares using the end of our metal rat tail comb and began doing the sister/rope twist. I did this to all of the remaining hair until I was finished.
  • To make this style look less basic and a little more creative, I gathered the twists coming from the cornrows and started cornrowing the twists all the way to the left side near her ear and tied the cornrow off with a black ouchless band.
  • I used Bee Mine Curly Butter (BBBHOT will get you 10% off your purchase) and unrefined coconut oil for this style.
  • Please note, I prefer doing the sister/rope twists on dry, stretched hair because it shows length a lot more. I find that when I do this style on wet or damp hair the twists curl up a lot more, don't hold as well and tend to be more frizzy.


  1. That's beautiful!!!!!!! Love it!


  2. Your sister twists are amazing!! I love the length of A's hair here!! Can't wait to try something like this on my Cupcake once her hair has some length to it! =))



  3. I love this, I wish rope twists turned out this well on my daughters hair!

  4. This looks amazing!!!!!!!!! Her hair looks so healthy and beautiful! I did the mix of lucious and olive oil (out of coconut oil) and my daughters hair is very pretty looking too!!!

  5. This is gorgeous! The cornrows look amazing!

  6. A beautiful girl with beautiful hair. I hope one day Ill be able to style my daughters hair like that. U are a true inspiration (",)

  7. I LOVE this! Those small sister twists look amazing! Oh...and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who randomly jumps from one side to the other while styling. I do that all the time! LOL


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