Hair Tutorial | Messy Rope Braids with Low Bun or Long

messy rope braids and low bun hair tutorial

These little rope braids are a fun way to add a little style with your own hair, creating a sort-of headband of sorts. Your hair doesn’t need to be extremely long, but you do need some length to cover the top of your head with. If you have layers, you could instead create a tiny French Braid where the hair is shorter and closer to your head, if that makes sense. But it’s a fun and cute braided hair style that’s just a little different.

I originally wore this style last Summer with two slightly larger braids

Watch and Enjoy…

* Notes: Instead of one large bun, create two or three little buns at base of your head OR swap the bun for a clean pony tail. If you leave a pony tail, you can also create a few skinny braids within it so it seems as though your braids are going all the way through.

Wear it Up…

  Messy Rope Braids hair tutorial -front and tassel earrings

 Messy Rope Braids hair tutorial - side and tassel earring

 Messy Rope  Braids hair tutorial - side

messy low bun and tassel earring and neck tattoo

Wear it Down…

* Just bobby pin them in place or use a pretty barrette

Messy Rope braids hair tutorial -front

Messy Rope Braids hair tutorial - side

Messy Rope braids hair tutorial -top

 Messy Rope Braids hair tutorial - back

* Click Here for my DIY Tassel Earrings shown above *

Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Michelle's Style File

    April 21, 2011 |

    What a lovely hair do! I’m going to try this out soon : )

    Michelle’s Style File

  • Breanne

    April 21, 2011 |

    gorgeous! def wanna try do this 🙂

  • Bethany

    April 21, 2011 |

    So adorable! Very Grecian look. I love how you make it look so easy too. I’ll see if I can pull it off tomorrow 😛

  • Vixi

    April 21, 2011 |

    Ooh looks so lovely and casual, you could do it with very dramatic make up for an evening do!! Love it! im going to the beach for a few days, will def give this a try! yay! 🙂

  • SoulstoneLife

    April 21, 2011 |

    You look so angelic in these photos xox Nicole

  • ¶ lovelybookie

    April 21, 2011 |

    such beautiful photos X shall give this a try, I can never get my braids done as good as yours.

  • Marisa

    April 21, 2011 |

    Sooo pretty 🙂 I can’t wait till my hair is as long as yours. Got a ways to go though.

  • Louise

    April 21, 2011 |

    Loooove this! I am so going to try this out tomorrow. I’ve been a reader for over a year but this is my first comment, shocking I know. Just wanted to say you are a total hairspiration for me =D

  • Daria B.

    April 21, 2011 |

    I love all your hair styles, but I have short hair! Do you know any good hair styles for short hair (like victoria beckham)?

  • LeighInHeels

    April 21, 2011 |

    You make it look so effortless! I love how it turned out, and can’t wait to try it on my hair!!

  • Morgan

    April 21, 2011 |


  • Katie

    April 21, 2011 |

    Love it!

  • Behind the Lashes

    April 21, 2011 |

    I think you were a hairdresser in another life! hahaha. Gorgeous!

  • Collections

    April 21, 2011 |

    You’re hair looks stunning. Will definitely be trying this out.

    Fashionable Collections

  • Christina of Profresh Style

    April 21, 2011 |

    okay so last night i decided i wanted to wear this hairstyle for my day off, etc etc. loved it yadda yadda. i wake up (about an hour ago 6:15amish) and started watching your tutorial while workin’ it out, braiding and such. i got to the ends, was putting my braids back to make my bun.. then realized after 35 or so minutes of work… i have FAT, CHUNKY bangs right smack on my sidehead (forehead but on the side)… ya no ethereal, beautiful hair for me. it was chunky bowl cut braids in a bun look. Ya, FUCK.

    however, i did a rendition that seems to suit. i’ll try and snap a photo of it today to blog about my “lovemagean…” inspiration 🙂


  • astr!d

    April 21, 2011 |

    oooooo, i love this, i will try it for easter maybe!!!

  • Schnelle Couture

    April 21, 2011 |

    I LOVE your hair! It’s so pretty and so healthy. The braids are fab- I love all of the different ways that you came up with to wear the style.

  • Summer Athena

    April 21, 2011 |

    this makes me miss my long locks. i think it is time to start growing it out.

    you are so beautiful. that first photo of the long hair is angelic. love love.

  • Lauren

    April 21, 2011 |

    Wow Maegan! With this post and the french braid post I am loving the hair-tos lately! I can’t wait to try this one out…I am still struggling with my french braid (lots of practice as I read magazines and rest my arms….)


  • amy b.s.

    April 21, 2011 |

    this is a fantastic look! that’s for the step by step! it will definitely help me to attempt to recreate!

  • Anonymous

    April 21, 2011 |

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Anonymous

    April 21, 2011 |

    Love, love it long! Have a sunny day, Sunshine!

  • Sherry

    April 21, 2011 |

    I love this!! So pretty and romantic!!

  • Laura

    April 21, 2011 |

    I love this! Too bad I don’t even know how to braid… = (

  • KristiMcMurry

    April 21, 2011 |

    This is so cute!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I think I might try this tomorrow actually.

  • Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed

    April 21, 2011 |

    I love this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I am always looking for pretty but unfussy updo’s for summer!

  • Summer

    April 21, 2011 |

    LOVE it girl!!! I am SUCH a sucker for braids, it’s not even funny.

  • Jessica

    April 21, 2011 |

    Wow. Just…. wow. You look like a fairy tale princess. I LOVE IT.

  • modanista junkie

    April 21, 2011 |

    Grecian princess!!! Need I say more!!!


  • Ivana

    April 21, 2011 |

    Oh My God!!! This is absolutely AMAZING! You look so beautiful and stunning! I will definitely try this on my own!

    xx Ivana

  • Vicky

    April 21, 2011 |

    Muy guapa!!
    Besitos desde España.

  • La Petite Olga

    April 21, 2011 |

    great tutorial!! would totally try this one if I had long hair…

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Sara

    April 21, 2011 |

    Your tutorials make me wish I had long hair. More specifically, your hair 🙂 Mine is fine and difficult and never looks good without a lot of work. If I can ever let it get past my shoulders without cutting it off in frustration, I will be trying all your hair-tos for sure.

  • K.Line

    April 22, 2011 |

    You really have the most gorgeous hair ever.

  • sara

    April 22, 2011 |

    loved the chipmunk effect. i have had a lot of braid inspiration from your hair tutorials, and have tried them myself–thank you for the ideas! so creative!

  • Charlie and Kathryn

    April 22, 2011 |

    Oh my gosh your hair is so nice and lucious and long haha you make me wish I didn’t chop mine all off 😛
    I’m going to try this even though mine is shorter 😀

    Nice tutorial


  • Viv

    April 22, 2011 |

    i just came across your blog and your hair is beautiful. i feel like it’s difficult for me to create a look like this because of my thick layered hair.. i’ll have to live vicariously through your blog!

  • Phoebe

    April 22, 2011 |

    Love your hair tutorials! Great looks!

  • Leigh Viner

    April 22, 2011 |

    OMG this is such a beautiful hairstyle, adorable on you! I cant wait until my layers grow out to try fun hair again.

    Have a wonderful Earth day and easter weekend!


  • Mary Ann

    April 22, 2011 |

    This is really pretty – you totally sound like Karen Walker during the hi-speed sections, haha.

  • peacelovenutrition

    April 23, 2011 |

    You’re awesome! So gorgeous- your hair in my dream hair!!

  • Katie

    April 23, 2011 |

    I ADORE your hair tutorials! My hair isn’t nearly as long as yours, but you teach in a way that makes it easy for me to replicate your styles on my hair. Beautiful photos!!

  • jemappelleshen

    April 24, 2011 |

    Love love love this hairstyle! You pull it off so effortlessly.I tried it yesterday and it turned out super cute, I even got compliments on it! I’m always looking for new things to do with my hair and when you post your hair tutorials they are always worth trying.

  • Peaches

    April 24, 2011 |

    Ugh could your hair be more gorgeous?? I wish I could do this stuff- my hair is so thin, if I try to get braids that thick I wouldn’t have hair left over. It’s such a romantic, fun look. I still love your tutorials even though they make me jealous of your hair!!

  • Helena from BrooklynBlonde

    April 25, 2011 |

    wow! i’m so excited to try this!

  • Sarah

    April 26, 2011 |

    This is so gorgeous on you, You look amazing!

  • Emily

    April 29, 2011 |

    Sooo cute! I think I’m going to try it tomorrow! 🙂

  • Stephanie J.

    May 9, 2011 |

    I did this hair-do today and loved it! Perfect for a low key Monday at the office 🙂

  • fajas colombianas

    May 17, 2011 |

    I did this awhile ago to my daughters hair and now she looks absolutely adorable, and the neigbhors thought so too. Thank you for this tutorial.

  • Terri

    May 23, 2011 |

    Very beautiful, makes me wish I had long hair.

  • Sarah Jones

    May 31, 2011 |

    Very pretty and simple! I love it!! It gives me something else to do with my hair 🙂 Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    June 2, 2011 |

    Wow! I really reccomend you use spin pins made by goody. They are little pins that you spin into your bun and will keep your bun in all day without all the bobby pins. Just a tip to help you out!

  • Nicijess

    June 10, 2011 |

    Gorgeous hairstyles and I have to say, whoever is doing your photographs, you aren’t paying them enough lol. Lovely photographs I am really impressed!
    Will be posting a link to infopirate and other places for you ok?

  • Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~

    June 15, 2011 |

    SUPER cute – thanks babes – ur NEWEST follower – hope u can follow back!

  • Ariiaa

    June 19, 2011 |

    Wow…i simply love it..its sooooo adorable..i have brown hair and i think i’ll be trying this soon..thanks alot.. 🙂

  • missusvee

    July 17, 2011 |

    I wore this style last night (the down-do) and I got complimented on it like crazy! I have a question though…and it’s probably really dumb but I still have to ask: those clear hair pin type things that you used for the bun…what are those called?

  • Anonymous

    July 26, 2011 |

    great style, although I was a tad disappointed because the name mislead me, those are mini english braids, not rope braids.

  • caseyhorberg

    September 13, 2011 |

    I tried this hairstyle yesterday, and received buckets of compliments. Thanks Maegan!

  • Anonymous

    September 23, 2011 |

    What a beautiful woman you are.

  • ClaireElise

    October 8, 2011 |

    I absolutely adore this hairstyle!!!

  • Donne Pescara

    April 2, 2012 |

    Great hairstyle! Thanks for sharing!

  • Denver Personal Injury Lawyer

    May 9, 2012 |

    This is absolutely beautiful!

  • Beauty Tutorials

    June 17, 2012 |

    Looks fantastic. Better than when I tried to do it.

  • Shanaya

    February 19, 2013 |

    wow this hair-do is awesomely beautiful. I have short hair but I would love to get this braid on.

  • Emma Silvestri

    October 13, 2013 |

    love this so gonna try it soon =) x

  • Anna

    April 27, 2014 |

    Love your voice! Reminds me of Anastasia’s in the Disney movie for some reason . And great hair style look!

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