Day 9 – 5 Strand Braid

5 strand braid tutorials - such great ideas here! They are all so pretty and different

We are on to day 9 of the 30 Day Braiding Challenge – 30 Days of New Braids.

Today’s challenge is the 5 strand braid.  If you have never done this braid before – this may seem daunting!  But don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you might think.  It may take a try or two to figure out how to move your fingers and hold the hair as you do it, but give it your best shot and enjoy the challenge of something new.

And if all else fails – I found a great “cheater” or faux 5 strand tutorial for you to try!

The Technique



5 Strand Braid tutorial by me.  I think that the easiest way to do and learn it is by starting with a ponytail, but you can certainly take the technique and do it in other ways once you understand it!

DIY Tutorial



5 Strand Braid tutorial by Luxy Hair.  This definitely makes a beautiful side braid!

Additional Ways  to Use the Technique



Easiest 5 Strand Braid tutorial by Confessions of a Hairstylist.  She teaches the 5 strand a little bit different, she shows us how to do it braiding just in one direction each time.



5 Strand Dutch Braid Faux Hawk tutorial by me.  This is a cute and fun way to wear it!

5 Strand Dutch braid tutorial by Jenni’s Hairdays.  I love how beautiful and simple this is!

5 Strand Dutch Braid tutorial by Braidsandstyles12.  She teaches you how to do it on yourself.  This is one of my all time favorite styles, it’s gorgeous.



Another tutorial by the talented Braidsandstyles12.  Here is a DIY tutorial on this 5 strand braid updo.

Alternative Techniques



Unique 5 Strand Braid tutorial by Bebexo.  This is taking the five strand ribbon braid technique and replacing the ribbon with microbraids or even just strands of hair to give you a different 5 strand braided look.


I did a tutorial using the same technique as Bebexo above, but in a full Dutch braid.  You can find the tutorial for this 5 strand Dutch braid with microbraids here. 



Intricate 5 Strand Braid tutorial by Bebexo (she does some really cool stuff!).  This can be done with ribbon to make it pop but looks incredible just using a strand of hair to braid with.  It’s such a different look and certainly a little more advanced. 



“Cheater” or Faux 5 Strand Braid tutorial by Babes in Hairland.  If you’ve made it through this whole post and don’t think you can  manage any of the other 5 strand braid tutorials – go for this one!  All you have to know how to do is a regular 3 strand braid, easy peasy!

I hope that this post gives you some ideas.  I’d love to see how you do 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 #30DNBDay9.

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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#30DNBDay9 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 beautiful 5 strand braid hairstyles!

5 strand braid hairstyle inspiration! Can't believe how amazing and beautiful these all are!

From top to bottom, left to right:

  1. Diagonal Dutch 5 strand braid by IG @hairstyles_by_shannon
  2. Half up diagonal lace Dutch 5 strand braid by IG @annies_hairstyles
  3. 5 strand pigtails by IG @braidingmama
  4. Converging Dutch 5 strand braids to create a faux 10 strand by IG @biancasbraids
  5. Wrap around 5 strand braid  to a side ponytail by IG @lauralaine_hair
  6. 5 strand pigtails pinned up and around each other by IG @thebraidparadenj
  7. Unique 5 strand bubble braid by IG @cutehairbraid
  8. Side half up Dutch 5 strand braid style by IG
  9. Dutch 5 strand updo by IG @braidsbykatie
  10. Dutch 5 strand braid from FB, credit Bethany Anne Tippets
  11. 5 strand braid from FB, credit Heather Parker Greeson
  12. 5 strand faux hawk by IG @bellas_braids

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