Day 4 – 4 Strand Braid

4 Strand Braid - lots of great tutorials here! So many different styles you can do using this braid

It’s day 4 of the 30 Day Braiding Challenge – 30 Days of New Braids.

Today’s challenge is the 4 strand braid.  The 4 strand braid is so easy to do, easier than most people realize, I think.  If you have never tried it before – don’t be intimidated by braiding with multiple strands.  You’re going to love it!

If you already know how to do a 4 strand braid, I’ve found some great tutorials showing you other ways of doing the braid.  Give one of them a try!

The Technique

This tutorial that I did teaches the basic technique.  You can find my original post on how to do the 4 strand braid here.  I show it done in a ponytail because I think that’s the easiest way to learn it if you have never done it before, but there really are so many ways that you can use the technique!


DIY Tutorial

Unique 4 Strand Braid tutorial from Bebexo.  This is a gorgeous way to make that middle strand pop out!


Additional Ways to Use the Technique


This tutorial done by YaYaLifestyle shows an alternate way of doing the 4 strand braid.  I had someone else share with me that this is how they do their own 4 strands and tell me that they were doing it wrong – but I say if it works, it’s not wrong!  It’s just different.  My personal preference is the way that I teach though (and the rest of the tutorials in this post teach) because I think it looks cool the way that the center strand looks – but you make up your own mind and decide what your preference is.  Either way, it’s not wrong, it’s just what you like!


French 4 Strand Braid with a microbraid tutorial by Braidsandstyles12.  This is beautiful and certainly looks mature enough that an older girl or woman can wear it, but it’d also look great on a little girl.  You could do it straight back down the head too.



Dutch 4 Strand Braid tutorial by HairAndNailsInspiration.  I love how they figured out a way to make this braid Dutch, so clever! 


4 Strand Headband Braid tutorial by Missy Sue.  This is beautiful and it’s so fast to do!


The Braided Ledge Ponytail tutorial by Princess Hairstyles.  Here is a cute and easy way to dress up your ponytail! 


8 Strand Pull Back Braid tutorial by Jenni’s Hairdays (she writes in Finnish and English, if you go to her post – scroll down for English).  This beautiful 8 strand pull back braid is actually two 4 strand braids woven together, which is why it’s included in today’s post.  It gives you the look of a very complicated braid but is rather easy to do.
These are only a few out of countless ways that you can wear a 4 strand braid.  I can’t wait to see how YOU do your style for today’s challenge.  You can share a photo on my Facebook page, tag me in a photo on Instagram – @hair_by_lori or just use the hashtags #30DaysNewBraids #30DNBDay4.
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#30DaysNewBraids Favorites from 2015’s Braiding Challenge – More Braid Inspiration

I went back through all of the styles on Instagram that were done and tagged#30DNBDay4 as well as all the styles shared on my FB page and I want to share some of my favorites with you.  Check out these gorgeous 4 strand braid hairstyles!

4 Strand Braid hairstyle inspiration - so many great ideas for using this pretty braid technique!
From top to bottom, left to right:
Criss-crossed 4 strand ribbon braids by IG @thebraidparadenj
4 strand waterfall braid by IG @braidsbyjordan
4 strand mermaid braid by IG @cutehairbraid
4 strand braided tiebacks with microbraid by IG @twistmyhair
4 strand headband braid into a regular 4 strand braid by IG @annies_hairstyles
Side French 4 strand braid with microbraid by IG @madisonshairart
French 4 strand braid to a 4 strand round braid by IG @braidingbrilliant 
French 4 strand pigtails by IG @bellas_braids
4 strand accent braid by IG @hairmiester51
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2 thoughts on “Day 4 – 4 Strand Braid

    1. Great!! Glad to have you join the fun! You’ll be amazed at how much your skills will grow. Just go for as many days as you can manage!

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