How to do the 4 Strand Braid Hairstyle
That’s right! It’s the 4 strand braid’s time to take the spotlight. Now that’s taking things up a notch.
By now it’s no surprise that you’ve already tried different braided hairstyles. I’m thinking you’ve already checked french braid and dutch braid from your list. That means you already have 2 of the most beautiful hairstyles out there. That doesn’t sound much, isn’t it? Now it’s obvious that you’re looking for more. If that’s the case, then I guess you’re here to learn more. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
There’s a person out there who’s really into the braided-hairstyle-captivated-culture. Someone that’s really committed to learning the ins-and-outs. Someone who’s not easily fazed by the degree of difficulty of any hairstyle. If you feel like I’m calling you out, then this is for you.
I’d be telling a lie if I say the four-strand braid is easy and simple to make. I don’t want to mislead and give false hope to anyone. But here’s what I think is important to point out. It isn’t easy but it’s not impossible either. Above all, do not confuse yourself by thinking that it’s crazy hard. You’ll be wearing this pretty braid in no time. All you need to do is be patient and commit to learning it.
Over and under. Remember these words. They will get you through the challenge of learning this hairstyle. Let’s get to it!
Do-it-yourself: 4 strand braid hairstyle
Preparation: We want a tangle-free, clean and organized hair. Do not shy away from brushing your hair with a comb/hairbrush until it’s soft. Think of it as having a clean station to work with. This will make the process easier and in order.
Step one: Gather the hair
Gather the hair in the back of the head. For the best results, gather the hair in a ponytail to keep it in place.
Step two: Section the hair
Separate the chunk into (4) four equal sections. This particular style uses 4 strands to build the overall structure – the outer left (1), the inner left (2), the inner right (3), and the outer right (4).
Step three: Cross the sections
Cross the outer left (1) section OVER the inner left (2) section.
What used to be (1), (2), (3), (4) is now (2), (1), (3), (4)
Cross the outer right (4) section UNDER the inner right (3) section.
What used to be (2), (1), (3), (4) is now (2), (1), (4), (3)
Cross the outer left (1) section towards the outer right (4) section.
The final order should be (2), (4), (1), (3)
That’s all there is to it. Now repeat the steps using the current order but treat them as if they are (1), (2), (3), (4) over again.
Step four: Finish and secure the braid
Repeat the previous step until you reach the ends of the hair. Leave at least 1 to 2 inches of hair for the hair accessory to be used to secure the braid. Finish by using a tie (small elastic, ribbon, etc) to hold the hair in place.
Congratulations! Now you know how to do the 4 strand braid, all you have to do next is practice, practice, practice, and practice until each and every step feels natural and becomes second nature.
Considering the looks, usefulness, and difficulty of this style. How would you score the 4 strand braid using a scale of 5? Please let us know what you think in the comments!
Try other hairstyles
Now that you know how to make the 4 strand braid, there are other hairstyles that you can try. Click around the website and look for one you’d like to try. We have more step-by-step tutorials and visual guides to make it easier for you to get the hang of it. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. We’ll try and help you as good as we can.
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