I've never heard the term before. I tried Google Images but even that didn't help with a straight answer. This was the result.
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could someone explain to me what "roped hair" means? Is it hair tied with a ribbon, or something?
I came across it in Toni Morrison's novel Song of Solomon. It's in a description of Hagar's hair (she's African American): "Pilate called Reba and together they flew through the house to find the comb, but when they found it Hagar couldn't get the teeth through her roped and matted hair" (2005: 309). (Vintage Books)
I tried to visualise it but can't really imagine what roped hair is and what exactly it looks like...
NOT A TEACHER
That's what girls do, they let it when they're kids but once grown up, they use it to get their hair curly, don't they ?
I would suggest that "roped" hair is what is normally referred to as "dreadlocks". Google that term, and you will see what I mean.
I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....