Hairstyles With Four-Strand Braids To Inspire You

Looking for that pretty, complicated braid you’ve seen but can’t quite decipher? We’ve got you covered. The four strand braid, while intricate, is super easy to do once you get the hang of it. Tips and how-to’s are sprinkled. First of all, let`s define what 4 strand braid types exist. There is a basic 4 part plait, also called flat. It is the easiest to conceptually understand. However, the result of such a 4 piece braid can differ, all depends on the way you interweave the strands during the braiding process. For example, you can make a transverse four strand braid, a chain-like or a slide braid.

The second main type of 4 section braided hairstyles is called a rope plait. It is also surprisingly easy and, compared to the flat braid, has a rounded, 3D effect. And we cannot fail to mention the French four strand braid and its reverse Dutch variation. They are for pros, but practice makes perfect. Be patient, and you will be able to try them as well in a while.

How to Do a Four Strand Braid

In order not to frighten you, we will leave the Dutch and French complicated braids for dessert, and start from a tutorial of a simple flat plait with 4 strands. Piece of cake, just follow the step-by-step guide carefully!

Step 1:

Brush your hair first. Since it is a four strand plait, split it into 4 equal sections.

Step 2:

Take strand 1, bring it under strand 2.

Step 3:

Then place it over strand 3.

Step 4:

Bring strand 4 over the new strand 3. Do not switch sides.

Step 5:

After taking strand 4 over the new strand 3, place it under strand 2. Repeat steps 2-5: take strand 1, place it under strand 2 and over strand 3, then place strand 4 over strand 3 and under strand 2.

After you practice with the pattern for a while, you’ll probably want to try to include your 4 strand braid into a new hairstyle. Here are ideas for you.

#1: Unique Flat Braid

Because this style can often come out thick and wide, it makes a great flat braid. The main steps for this look are to create a loose side ponytail, separate out hair for the pony wrap, make a simple thin accent braid, and actually complete a braid out of four strands (one of which is already braided).

#2: Elegantly Accented Updo

This 4 strand braid makes a pretty headband accent for a full, twisted bun. To create the braid, pull some strands from the hairline. The first strand goes over strand 2 and under strand 3. The fourth strand goes under strand 3 and over strand 2. Just think “over under” then “under over” and repeat.

#3: Stunning Side Braid

Probably our favorite side braid ever. Not joking! So, here’s the trick for getting the accent braid in the middle: it has to be strand number 2. Once you make your tiny regular braid and secure it, be sure to position it as strand 2 for the main braid.

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