Tutorial: How To Create a Four-Strand Braid

Alyssa François | 15 November 2018
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5min Style Medium

Meet your new everyday go-to: the four strand braid.

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

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Add texture.

Giving your hair some grip will make it easier to braid. Mist Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Sprayall over your tresses and comb through if needed to remove any tangles.

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Divide your strands.

Use your fingers or a comb to divide the hair into four equal sections. 

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Start weaving.

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.

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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!

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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.

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Happy with your final look? Show off your weaving skills by wearing your braid over your shoulder.

Four Strand Braid Hairstyle Inspiration

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We’re loving this four strand high ponytail. Credit: Instagram.com/leauxmane

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

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Not for the faint hearted: the four strand french braid. Credit: Instagram.com/cravenhairbytrisha

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

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The four strand milkmaid braid is giving us serious summer vibes. Credit: Instagram.com/Tindrashairart

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

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