19/08/2014 12:49 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

How To Do A Rope Braid

Crown, mermaid and fishtail plaits have all had their moments - but there's a new braided hairstyle to try - and good news! It's really easy to yourself.


"The rope braid is the perfect update for Autumn/Winter 2014, it's intricate detail works brilliantly with a matte dishevelled texture and easy to re-create a similar look yourself," Ben Moth, the artist director at London salon Easton Regal, told us.

Elizabeth Olsen, Nicole Richie and Canadian actress Nina Dobrev are all fans of this style and whether it's worn loosely or in a tight braid, it's a great ponytail alternative on long hair.

Want to try the look? Follow Ben's step-by-step tips below:

1. "Start by spraying hair with dry shampoo and a texturizing sea-salt spray and blast dry through to create a bed-head texture – this finish will also help the braid to stay in place."

2. "Pull your hair into a low ponytail and then secure this with an elastic band."

3. "Section the ponytail in to two and twist the left section in a clockwise direction and the right section in an anti-clockwise direction."

4. "Then twist the two sections together from length to ends and secure with another elastic band. Gently manipulate the braid with your fingertips to loosen the twist for an ethereal, effortless finish."

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For more expert tips, watch this video guide on how to create the perfect rope braid at home.