Four Strand Braid

Hey, hey, it’s Clare here again. Today I’m here to bring you the long awaited 4 strand braid tutorial!

It’s a super cool and versatile braid, you can wear it as a tie-back, side braid, in a ponytail (which would be great for sport!)

I did do this braid on my little sister with wet hair just because she has naturally curly hair and it was quite knotty… but it works totally fine on dry hair!

Twist up the braid you did in a ponytail and you get this really cute looking updo!

Items needed: Brush or comb, 2 hair ties {Hairspray if desired}

Skill Level: Medium

Time: 1-2 minutes

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. ย Begin by having your hair either out, in a ponytail or all of your hair over one shoulder. (Basically wherever you want the braid to be and how you want it to look.)
  2. Next split the hair into four sections…
  3. To start the braid, take the outside right strand (we’ll call it strand 4) over the next strand (strand 3)
  4. And under the next one (strand 2)…
  5. Lastly take it over strand 1 (or the outside left strand)…
  6. Next take your original strand 1 (it will look like it’s in the place of strand 2 now) over the next strand and under the next one..
  7. Basically you’re just weaving one strand from the right over and under all the way from the left, then you’re taking a strand from the left and weaving it under and over to the right…
  8. Repeat steps 3-6 all the way down..

I actually figured out this braid accidentally years ago (haha) and have since found many different ways to re create this braid. But quite honestly some of the tutorials make it way, way more complicated than it needs to be. I’m hopefully, trying to show you one of the simplest ways to create this braid. If you still aren’t getting it, leave me a comment and I’ll explain further! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And here’s just a simple half up style I did on myself one day:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, leave a comment below! ๐Ÿ˜‰


18 thoughts on “Four Strand Braid

  1. Lovely braid! And very well done post! Good job, Clare! ๐Ÿ˜€ I actually did this to my little sis as I was reading the post, haha. I had been trying to remember how to do four and five strand braids, so that was perfect timing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for this! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

      1. Yes, it did, haha! Only thing is, her hair is shorter so it wasn’t as long and beautiful as your model’s. ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค

  2. love this hairstyle, Clare! can’t wait to give it a try! since I have short hair, do you think it would work as a half up hairstyle?

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you do! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yep, definitely, it’ll just be a little trickier than if you had longer. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (actually I do have a pic of the 4 strand braid on myself as a sort of half up, do you think I should add it to the post? Obviously my hair is bit longer than yours, but it might give you some ideas. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  3. I love the 4 strand braid. Another way that we like to do it is to replace two of the hair strands with 2 strands of fabric, for example a long fabric scarf. It has quite a striking effect.
    Merry Christmas!

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