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4 Strand Braid: Different Hairstyles That You Could Do With It

If you've mastered the French, Dutch, and fishtail braids, the 4 strand braid should be the next on your list. The 4 strand braid is the perfect plait to have in your styling arsenal whether you’re using it as a foundation for a chignon or creating a stand-alone braid. It may look complicated, but it's not as hard as it appears. It’s versatile and looks amazing on every type of hair, so it’s definitely worth the extra effort.

 

What Is A 4 Strand Braid?

A 4 strand braid is exactly what it sounds like: a braid that uses 4 strands of hair rather than 3. That may seem like it’s impossible to do, but it is possible and easy once you get the hang of it.

 

There are 2 main types of 4 strand braids. The first is the basic or flat braid. This is the easiest to understand how to do, however, the way this braid looks can differ depending on the way you weave the strands.

 

The second type of 4 strand braid is called a rope plait. It is called this because it resembles a rope and has more of a 3-D feel rather than it lying flat. While this is a more difficult looking braid, it is no harder than a basic 4 strand braid.

 

When Could You Wear A 4 Strand Braid?

A 4 strand braid just like any other braid can be worn for any occasion, as long as it styled correctly.


4 Strand Styles

Messy Bun Braid Updo

Messy Bun Braid Updo

Got some errands to run but are also afraid you might run into someone you know? A messy 4 strand braid bun is a style for you. Messy buns are simple because they’re meant to be messy, but throw a little 4 strand braid in and it will look like you tried.


Low Headband Braid

Low Headband Braid

If you’re tired of just wearing your hair down, this hairstyle will add variety. Adding a braided headband and angling it, so it goes diagonally across your head, will change up your regular look, and the braided headband will make it look like it took tons of effort.


Fluffy Side Braid

Fluffy Side Braid

This is great to wear if you have a dinner or if you’re going for drinks with friends.


4 Strand Waterfall Braid

4 Strand Waterfall Braid

A 4 strand braid combined with other braids makes it your hair look like a master basket weaver did it. Although combining different types of braids is easy, the combination of them gives you an intricate style that looks like you spent hours on it.

 

Tucked Under Braided Updo

Tucked Under Braided Updo

Black tie events aren't exempt from this hairstyle either. This style is suitable for a formal night out. It is very sleek on the sides and has a very luxurious feel to it, but in the back the tucked under 4 strand braid gives it some personality.


Side Headband Braid And Messy Bun

Tucked Under Braided Updo

Side Headband Braid and Messy Bun

The purposely messy hairstyle look also works with a 4 strand braid. This pretty, messy side bun shows off face-framing highlights with a four strand braid.

Mod

Mod

For a sixties mod look that has an updated take on retro, add a four strand headband braid around the base of the bouffant. Add a low bun in the back to take this look to the next level.


Flowing 4 Strand Waterfall

Flowing 4 Strand Waterfall

A flowing waterfall braid hairstyle is a sure way to look like you stepped out of a fairytale. Add a 4 strand braid, and it elevates it from princess hair to Khaleesi.


4 Stranded Low Pony

4 Stranded Low Pony

Active and sporty girls can get in on this 4 strand action too. This braided ponytail is the perfect style for anyone who is going to be jumping around a lot and needs their hair out of their face and looking neat. 


Boho

Boho

4 stranded braids have an easy, bohemian appeal, especially when braided loosely. Fan (or pancake) the braid to create intricate loops, and wave or wand curl your hair to keep the look cohesive.


Elegant Low Bun

Elegant Low Bun

A perfect style for bridesmaids, this 4 strand braid makes a pretty headband accent for a full, twisted bun.

 

How To Do A 4 Strand Braid

Materials

  • Paddle brush
  • Clear elastic bands

 

Transverse Flat Braid

Step 1

Divide your hair into 4 strands. You will have an outer right, inner right, inner left, and outer left strand.

Step 2

Take the outer right strand and weave it over the inner right strand, so the 2 switch places. 

Step 3

Take that same strand and weave it under the inner left strand, and then over the outer left strand. That strand is now the new outer left strand.

Step 4

Pick up the new outer right strand and repeat the process. Weave it over the inner right, under the inner left, and over the outer left, so the strand becomes the new outer left strand.

Step 5

Repeat the pattern for the entire length of your hair.

Step 6

Tie off the end of the braid with a clear elastic band.


Slide Up Flat Braid

Step 1

Create 4 sections of hair. 

Step 2

Weave the outer right strand over the inner right and under the inner left.

Step 3

Weave the outer left strand under the new inner left strand and over the inner right.

Step 4

Weave the outer right over the new inner right and under the inner left.

Step 5

Repeat this pattern down the length of your hair.

Step 6

Once you reach the end of the hair, you can tie it off here and you will have a chain link braid. Or to continue once you reach the end hold 1 strand in one hand and the 3 remaining strands in the other. 

Step 7

While holding the 1 strand, push the remaining 3 strands upwards. This creates a braid that looks like it was woven around 1 strand of hair.

Step 8

Tie off the ends of your braid with a clear elastic band.

Side 4 Strand Dutch Braid

Step 1

Always brush through the hair before beginning any style to make sure there aren’t any tangles in the hair.

Step 2

Next, part the hair on the left side.

Step 3

Then divide off a section of hair from the part down to the right ear.

Step 4

Clip the back section away with a sectioning clip.

Step 5

Separate out any hair you want to frame the face at the end and clip this out of the way.

Step 6

Pick up a small horizontal section near the part and split it into four sections.

Step 7

Take the outer left strand, and cross it under the strand next to it, the inner left strand, over the next one, the inner right strand, and under the last one, the outer right strand.

Step 8

Cross the inner left strand over the inner right strand.

Step 9

Now add in hair to the outer left strand to begin a new stitch of the braid.

Step 10

Cross the outer left under the inner left strand.

Step 11

Next it would go over the inner right strand, but first, pick up a new section of hair near the hairline and add it into the inner right strand, making sure it’s brought in underneath the outer right strand.

Step12

Now cross the outer left strand over the inner right strand and under the outer right strand.

Step 13

Cross the inner left strand over the inner right strand.

Step 14

Now add in hair to the new outer left strand and begin a new stitch of the braid crossing it under the inner left strand.

Step 15

Add in hair to the inner right strand and cross the inner left over it and under the outer right strand.

Step 16

Then cross the inner left strand over the inner right strand.

Step 17

Now continue braiding the hair until all the hair is brought into the braid.

Step 18

Continue working down the section creating a four strand braid, securing the end with a clear elastic band or bobby pin.

Step 19

Gently pull on the edges of the braid to make it wider and more full.

Step 20

Wrap the braid around the back of the head and pin it behind the left ear.

Step 21

Divide off a section of hair on the left side and bring it back towards the braid.

Step 22

Carefully tuck the section underneath the braid, so it’s held in place by the bobby pin that is pinning down the braid.

Step 23

Spray the hair with a firm-hold hairspray to set it.

 

3-D Braid

Step 1

Make 4 separate strands.

Step 2

Weave the outer right over the inner right.

Step 3

Weave the inner left over the inner and outer right strands. So the inner left strand is now the outer right strand.

Step 4

Weave the outer left over the inner left.

Step 5

Weave the inner right over both the outer and inner left strands. So the inner right strand is now the outer left strand.

Step 6

Repeat steps 2 through 5 until you reach the end of your hair.

Step 7

Tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.

 

Conclusion

The 4 strand braid looks intricate and complicated to do, but if you follow our steps, you’ll be creating next-level braided hairstyles in no time.

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