It’s probably a pretty bad sign when the people at your local watering hole all gush about how great you look because it’s pretty much the first time they’ve ever seen your hair look anything less than a lion’s mane. While I spent the majority of my late teens and early twenties attempting to tame the beast that is my hair, I eventually began to embrace and encourage the natural wavy/curly/frizzy texture. However, summer is just about to be upon us and that humidity and my hair have bigger beef than Jay-Z and Solange. Therefore, it is crucial to come up with clever ways to disguise the duress and one way of doing so is with a rope braid. Upon first glance, I thought I would never master this style, but how could the queen of fishtail braids not accept the challenge? It took a few “spins” to get it right, but once I did, I was happy to add this hairstyle to my summer arsenal.