If you’re looking for a hairstyle that offers maximum impact with minimal effort, you’ve come to the right place. The DNA of a four strand braid might lie in a classic weaving technique of three equal sections, but it looks decidedly fancier (and more fashionable) than its smaller counterpart. Ready to learn more? Follow along with our step-by-step four strand braid tutorials and discover more ways to wear the look below…
How to Do a Four-Strand Braid
Giving your hair some grip will make it easier to braid. Mist Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray all over your tresses and comb through if needed to remove any tangles.
Divide your strands.
Use your fingers or a comb to divide the hair into four equal sections.
Take strand number one from the far left and weave it over strand number two (next to it). Then weave it under strand number three and finally over strand number four.
Repeat this over-under-over process as you braid down the hair (where strand number one now becomes strand number two and so on). Practice makes perfect, so if it takes you a couple of tries to get the weaving style right, don’t panic!
Secure your braid.
Leave about an inch of hair loose at the bottom so your braid doesn’t look frayed at the end and then secure with an elastic.
Give it some extra hold with a few sprays of Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
Happy with your final look? Great, now go show it off to the world.
Now you’ve totally mastered the four-strand braid, it’s time to put your skills to the test. Check out these cute ways to style it and show off you weaving prowess.
Four Strand Braid Hairstyle Inspiration
1. Four Strand High Ponytail
Looking for a more workout-friendly option? Use your new weaving skills on a high ponytail to create the ultimate gym-ready braid. This technique also works well on longer locks, especially if you’re looking for a high-impact finish. Credit: @leauxmane
Having trouble with your baby hairs? Tame them with a little bit of the Bed Head by TIGI Wax Stick fora sleeker finish.
2. Four Strand French Braid
If you’re feeling extra confident, try your hand at a four strand French braid. Use the same weaving technique, pulling in small amounts of hair from either side of the braid as you move down towards the nape of your neck. We promise the results are worth the extra effort. Credit: @cravenhairbytrisha
3. Four Strand Halo
We’ve officially found your new festival season hair: the four strand milkmaid braid. Follow our tutorial to nail the basics of the look and then adopt the four strand weaving pattern into your braid. Perfection. Credit: @Tindrashairart