How to do a pretty rope twist and braid prom do using clip-in hair extensions!

Prom season is upon us girls! Looking for a pretty prom hair inspiration? Fancy using you clip-in hair extensions to create a beautiful style you’ll want to remember when you’re looking through your prom photos in years to come?

Well, you don’t need to sit through hundreds of prom movies for inspiration (FYI - 10 Things I Hate About You is a total classic) because the lovely Miss Alex has made this video showing you how to create a gorgeously romantic, half-up-half-down prom style.

Whether you’re graduating from school, Uni or even heading to a summer wedding, you don’t need an excuse to try this stand-out style for your special occasion. It’s soft, it’s pretty, it’s perfect for your princess moment – and every girl deserves one of those!

So let’s get the things you’ll need together.

You’ll need

  • Your clip-in hair extensions (this style needs thick tresses!)
  • A comb with a long, thin tail for sectioning
  • Fine toothed comb for backcombing
  • Hair clips to secure your sections out of the way
  • Curling wand or iron
  • Hair grips to pin your braids
  • Mirrors angled so that you can see the back of your head

Once you’ve got everything ready, it’s time to get started.

(Make sure you’re wearing something like a vest top or dressing gown - you need to be able to get changed into your prom dress without ruining your gorgeous hair!)

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Clipping your extensions in

Start by clipping in your Lush hair extensions, making sure you apply them as low down on the back of your head as possible to leave a good layer of hair on top to cover the clips.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll be a dab hand at clipping your hair extensions in by now. But if you’re new to extensions or need a bit of a reminder don’t worry, you can check out our first video on how to clip in hair extensions to see how it’s done.

Curling your hair
Once you’ve clipped in your wefts, grab your curling wand or iron and get curling! Wrap strands of hair around the wand, hold for a few seconds, and release for lovely, soft curls.

If you want some extra help with this, we’ve got a more in-depth video on how to curl your extensions on the blog.


Once you’ve curled the ends of your hair, it’s time to backcomb. Create a section near the crown of your head and simply pick up small sections of hair and push your comb against the roots to backcomb. You want to create a voluminous ‘pouffe’ at the back of your head, with some hair left free around your face.

Once you’ve done this, gently brush over the top of the backcomb to smooth it and grip it in place at the back of your head. Don’t worry about hiding the grips, they’ll be covered by your braids. This step is super easy and Alex shows you exactly how it’s done in the video below.


Now take a section of hair from the side of your head and split it into three to create a regular braid. Just take the right section and place it under the middle section, then take the left section and place it under the middle section. Repeat this right down to the end of the braid and then grip in place at the back of your head, just under your ‘pouffe’.  

Once you’ve gripped your braid, it’s worth pulling the strands gently apart to make the braid appear thicker and more visible. Then do another braid, in exactly the same way, with a section of hair on the other side of your head.

Rope braiding

Now to do the unusual rope braid that makes this look so cool – and it couldn’t be easier! Just take a bigger section of hair from the side of your head underneath your braids and split it into two sections. Then, take one sections and twist is away from your face while bringing it towards your face, going up and over the other section. Now take the second section and twist it away from your face whilst bringing it up and over the other section. Have a quick look at how Alex does this in the video, it’s easier than it sounds!

Continue the twist all the way down to the bottom and then bring your rope braid to the back of your hair, grip it in place and pull out the strands to make them more voluminous in the same way as you did with your regular braids. If any strands become too loose don’t panic, you can just grip them back in place. Now repeat this on other side of your head.

To finish things off, just take your comb and gently backcomb your hair at the sides of your head to give your style a bit more volume and that’s all there is to it - perfect pretty prom hair.

Your carriage awaits, go and have an amazing night! Now where’s Prince Charming…

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