I know that I’ve already said that I LOVE the 4 strand braid. Want to know what I love even more than the 4 strand braid?! It’s the 4 strand ribbon braid!
Yes, I’m overly excited about it! (And yes, I’m a bit of a dork lol.) But I really do love it and I’m excited to share this simple hairstyle with you. It’s fast, easy and beautiful. And the best part – you can pick out ribbon to match to your outfit or occasion. How fun is that?!
Let’s get started on how to 4 strand ribbon braid.
Step 1. Tie one end of your ribbon onto the ponytail holder, then pull the hair into a ponytail. **Optional, spray the hair down with water (it will end up holding better so this is recommended if your little one has fine hair that slips out of a style or if you need it to last all day for school or sports).
Step 2. Adjust the piece of ribbon so that it is hanging down underneath the hair in the ponytail.
Step 3. Divide the hair into 3 sections. From left to right, you want to have strand 1 (hair), strand 2 (hair), the piece of ribbon and lastly strand 4 (hair).
Step 3. Take your left most strand, strand 1, and go over 2, under the ribbon and over strand 4.
Step 4. Switch the places of your middle two strands – the ribbon and the section of hair that was previously on our outer right.
Step 5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you have braided all of the hair.
Step 6. Secure with an elastic.
This braid does tend to twist towards the bottom rather than hanging straight, especially if you are braiding it on longer hair, but thankfully it still looks gorgeous! (It just makes it a little tougher to photograph).
Here are a couple of great ribbon multi packs that would be nice to have on hand – I found these for under $12 and you get 24 different spools of ribbon in them. That’s a great deal! You can click on the photos above to see them on Amazon.
I already wrote a post today about How to 4 Strand Braid, so if you’d like to see how to do this style without ribbon, you can check that out. You might also want to check out my other Braiding Basics posts: How to Rope Braid, How to Dutch Braid, and How to French Braid.
If you want to do a 4 strand ribbon braid as an accent braid, as braid-backs for a half up style, or any other way that you can think of and don’t want to start with the hair in a ponytail, here’s how to do it. Take and split the hair you want to braid into 3 sections. Then you will tie the end of your ribbon onto the middle strand of hair, and push that knot in the ribbon up so that it’s sitting at the base of your hair. Once you do a couple of stitches of the braid, that will help lock the ribbon in place and you just braid it as described above.
I hope that you love the 4 strand ribbon braid as much as I do! Like all the other braiding techniques, you can get creative with this and come up with an endless amount of styles. I’d love to see how it turns out for you if you want to share it on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram @hair_by_lori. Or use hashtag #HBL4StrandRibbonBraid
I hope you’ll stop by next week when I will show you how to do a 5 strand braid. Thanks for reading!
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