You’ve seen faux hawks, knotted mohawks and upside down braids–but have you seen a twisted rope braid topknot? Celebrity stylist Justine Marjan whipped up this innovative and intricate how to that ups the anty on the traditional faux hawk. Instead of relying on a classic braid or bun, Justine uses a twisting technique to create an upside braid that’s sure to get you noticed! Below, Justine’s step-by-step tutorial how to on how to create her twisted rope braid topknot.
Step 1: Create a triangular section from both temples to the crown of your head and clip that away.
Step 2: Apply Oribe Gold Lust Oil throughout the length of the hair.
Step 3: Flip head upside down and start with a small section at the base of the neck.
Step 4: Use TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Sculpting Gel on the roots and section the base two pieces and then wrap the left piece under the right.
Step 5: Add hair from each side like you’re doing a French braid but instead, do a twist.
Step 6: Keep repeating the twist as you work your way up the hair.
Step 7: Do a rope tip twist braid the whole way to the ends and then secure with an elastic.
Step 8: Clip the top section and use Fatboy Tough Guy water wax on the hair line to get it really slick.
Step 9: Twist the hair in the front section all the way to the ends.
Step 10: Wrap the twisted front section into a topknot and secure with french pins.
Step 11: Take the original rope braid and wrap around the topknot.
Step 12: Tuck the end into the top knot, hiding the elastic, and use french pins to tuck in any stray hairs.
Step 12: Use fine tooth comb to comb up the sides to create a really snatched look.
The Finished Look: