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Four-Strand French Braid

THE LOOK

Blow your regular French braid out of the water with the fourstrand French braid. This twist on a classic style combines aspects of French and Dutch braids. One side sits out like a Dutch braid, and the other sits flat like a French braid. You’ll need to be proficient at the four-strand braid before attempting this French braided version. The complex detail of the two combined braids looks amazing in any type of hair.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Hard

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes

ACCESSORIES

For an elaborate twist, use a small clear elastic to attach a ribbon to a section of hair and include it as the third strand of the braid. Use a ribbon that matches your hair color for a sophisticated look or a bright ribbon for a fun finish.

TRY THIS

Angle your four-strand French braid diagonally down the back of your head for an elegant twist, or twist the end of the braid up and around to form an asymmetrical bun.

Top : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by Adeline Er.
Bottom : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Ruri Okubo.

HOW TO GET IT FOUR-STRAND FRENCH BRAID

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Hair elastic

1). Brush your hair to remove any knots before you begin. Take a section of hair at the top of your head and split it into two. Divide those sections again to make four equal sections.

2). To master this braid, think of each section as a position, numbered 1 to 4 from left to right. Cross 2 over 1 (so right over left) and 4 over 3 (another right over left), then 1 crosses over 4 in the center (this is left over right with the two new middle sections).

3). Next, add in small pieces of hair to the sections from the farthest left and right sections. Renumber the sections 1 to 4 from left to right and start the process again. Cross 2 over 1 and 4 over 3, then with the two sections in the center cross 1 over 4.

4). Continue braiding, adding in small pieces of hair to the side sections.

5). Continue down the back of your head. When you run out of hair to add, finish in a four-strand braid and secure the end of your braid with a hair elastic.

TOP TIP : This is a complicated braid and takes practice. Try it out on someone else’s hair before attempting it in your own. Don’t try to bring in too much hair to positions 1 and 4 each time; a ½-inch or 1-inch section should be enough. Any more than that and the braid will become too big and uneven.

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