This is a style you can a bunch of variations with. This could be the Dangling French Bun, Dangling braid bun... and so on. I don't have pictures of the other variations yet, but I'll try to do that in the days ahead.
Begin by making a simple rope braid, but do not use a band to secure your pony tail before starting. Simply part your hair into two equal sections and create a rope 3/4 down the length of your hair.
Keep one hand on your ends, and take your other hand and grab the hair a few inches from the base of your rope. When you grab it with your fingers and bring it upward, you will be creating a loop. An easy way to do this is to reach back (in my case I'm right handed) with your right hand while your left hand holds your ends. Turn your hand palm side up... a little awkward if you're not used to doing it, then twist the hair as you come up. If this is too difficult for you, leave your hand in a normal position, grab the hair at the base. Bring it upward. Your thumb should be on the underside of the hair, while the pointer or middle finger will be wrapped around the top side.
If you are using the regular hold, put the tail upward into the air. Stick out your pointer/middle finger and wrap the tail around it one half turn. The hair will be going over the top side, but then stop. Using a twisting motion, and your pointer finger, twirl the hair, allowing then ends to be twirled upward. You will be twisting/twirling clockwise.
If you are using the palm side up hold, then as soon as you bring the mid base hair upward your first twirl is started and all you have to do is continue to twirl it around with your pointer/middle finger. In this picture I am using my middle finger, so use whatever one is most comfortable for you. Sometimes I use the middle, sometimes the pointer.
Continue twirling the hair until your ends have reached the fold line. If they won't go in on their own, you can use your fingers to gently tuck them in.
At this point you will need to change hands for the new hold. The hand that held your ends will now hold the looped hair up top, while that hand smoothes the side hair (almost like finger combing) and then tucks any additional hair into the fold by simply tucking their fingers into the fold as if they were hair pins, then gently sliding them back out while the other hand lets go of the loop hair and presses firmly on the folded roll of hair. This will keep your roll tight.
NOw that you've let go of your loop up top while continuing to hold the folded area, grab a hair pin or bobby pin, and slide in. Depending on your hair you may need more than one. Once the fold is secured, allow the loop to drop back down. You may need to "straighten it" so it will lay correctly, but it should pretty much fall into place.
Finished! The Dangling French Rope Bun
I'm sorry if some of the directions are confusing. I may need to take a few more pictures so it will be easier to understand.
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