How to Braid Four Strands

Author: Staff Writer
Braiding with four strands is really not that hard. In fact, once you get the hang of it, you will find that it is just as easy as traditional three strand braids. If this is your first attempt, it's easier to start on yarn or ribbon of four different colors to give you a clear visual of how the braid works.

Step One

Make sure the four strands are perfectly even. The best way to do this with hair is to divide the portion in half, and then divide each half in half. If you are using yarn or any material other than a person's hair, make sure that the tops of the strands are secured; this will help you gain proper tension throughout the braid.

Step Two

Hold the strand farthest to the right in your right hand; hold the other three in your left.

Step Three

The basic rule to any braid is to take one strand at a time and alternate taking it over and under the others. Take the strand in your right hand and take it over the first strand in you left. The strand that was in your left hand should now be in your right. Hold it securely to your palm with your thumb.

Step Four

Use the available fingers of your right hand to continue the over/under pattern.

Step Five

Repeat Steps 1-4. Make sure you keep even tension throughout the braid. It may help to gently tug down on the braid. However, do not use too much force.

Step Six

When you have reached your desired length, tie the braid off with a rubber band or an elastic holder.

Works Cited

Hardy, Thomas
Great Braids!: The New Way to Exciting Hairstyles
1st Pbk. Ed ed. New York: Sterling, 1997. Print.

James, Duyan
Hairtalk: Stylish Braids from African Roots.
New York: Sterling, 2007. Print.

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