Four Strand Dutch Braid


Four strand braids are gorgeous. They’re one of my favorite braids because they look intricate and difficult (which they can be!) but I think they’re definitely worth the struggle.

I saw this technique done by @HairNailsInspiration a few years ago and felt like it was too difficult to figure out. Of course when @AnniesForgetMeKnots posted a recent tutorial with the same method I felt like it was time to step out of my comfort zone and give it a shot.

It seems tricky at first but once you understand the pattern behind the braid you’ll see that it really can be mastered. This headband version is so wearable during the day and I promise you will have people asking you how on earth you did it. Worth a try? I think yes (:


Four Strand Dutch Braid Supplies:

Four Strand Dutch Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Always brush through the hair before beginning any style to make sure there aren’t any tangles in the hair.
  • Step 2 / Next, part the hair on the left side.
  • Step 3 / Then divide off a section of hair from the part down to the right ear.
  • Step 4 / Clip the back section away with a sectioning clip.
  • Step 5 / Separate out any hair you want to frame the face at the end and clip this out of the way as well.
  • Step 6 / Pick up a small horizontal section near the part and split it into four sections.
  • Step 7 / Take the far left strand, strand 1, and cross it under the strand next to it, strand 2, over the next one (strand 3), and under the last one (strand 4).
  • Step 8 / With the two middle strands (2 & 3), cross strand 2 over strand 3.
  • Step 9 / Now add in hair to the far left strand (strand 1) to begin a new stitch of the braid.
  • Step 10 / Cross strand 1 under strand 2.
  • Step 11 / Next it would go over strand 3 but first pick up a new section of hair near the hairline and add it into strand 3, making sure it’s brought in underneath strand 4.
  • Step 12 / Now cross strand 1 over strand 3 and under strand 4.
  • Step 13 / Cross strand 2 over strand 3.
  • Step 14 / Now add in hair to the new strand 1 and begin a new stitch of the braid crossing it under strand 2.
  • Step 15 / Add in hair to strand 3 and cross strand 2 over it and under strand 4.
  • Step 16 / Then cross strand 2 over strand 3.
  • Step 17 / Now continue braiding the hair until all the hair is brought into the braid.
  • Step 18 / Continue working down the section creating a four strand braid, securing the end with a clear elastic band or bobby pin.
  • Step 19 / Gently pull on the edges of the braid to make it wider and more full.
  • Step 20 / Wrap the braid around the back of the head and pin it behind the left ear.
  • Step 21 / Divide off a section of hair on the left side and bring it back towards the braid.
  • Step 22 / Carefully tuck the section underneath the braid so it’s held in place by the bobby pin that is pinning down the braid.
  • Step 23 / Spray the hair with a firm-hold hairspray to set it.

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Mermaid Side Braid

I am so excited about today’s tutorial! I really wanted to change up a side braid and make it look intricate and formal with a hint of bohemian flair. My favorite thing about this style is how easy it is to replicate. It looks tricky and difficult but once you take it piece by piece it all magically falls together into this gorgeous mermaid braid.

Looking back, I think it would be just as easy to pin the braids and twists before creating the tail but I really wanted those to drape over the top. I think when I recreate this look I’ll try doing it that way to see how it works out. Anyways, I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Mermaid Side Braid Supplies:

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Mermaid Side Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Brush through the hair to remove any tangles, then part it on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Divide off a section of hair from the part down to the right ear and clip off the forward section.
  • Step 3 / Now divide off a similar sized section on the left side, clipping the forward section out of the way.
  • Step 4 / Pick up a circular section at the crown, twisting it together, and pinning it against the head with bobby pins.
  • Step 5 / Divide off another triangular section behind the right ear, clipping it out of the way.
  • Step 6 / Next, pick up a 1″ section of hair on the right side and left side of the head, directly below the pinned section at the crown.
  • Step 7 / Tie the two pieces together with a small, clear elastic band.
  • Step 8 / Create a topsy tail by bringing the ends up and through the gap above the band, pulling it back down again.
  • Step 9 / Pick up two new sections, tying them together, and flipping them to create a second topsy tail underneath the first.
  • Step 10 / Continue creating small topsy tails, working down towards the ends of the hair so the entire braids lays over the left shoulder.
  • Step 11 / Let down the section on the left side, previously pinned, and divide it into two sections.
  • Step 12 / With each section create a lace braid by incorporating new hair into the left side of the braid.
  • Step 13 / Take the top most braid and bring it around the head, pinning it underneath the crown section, and tucking the end inside the topsy tail braid.
  • Step 14 / Pin the second braid underneath the first, tucking the ends into the topsy tail braid as well.
  • Step 15 / Let down the hair on the right side.
  • Step 16 / Take the back  most section and twist it together, upwards.
  • Step 17 / Gently pull on the edges, lay it over the braids, and pin it against the head tucking the ends into the topsy tail braid.
  • Step 18 / Repeat the previous step with the last section of hair, pinning it underneath the previous twist and tucking the ends into the topsy tail.
  • Step 19 / Finish the end of the topsy tail by wrapping a small section around the ends and securing it with either an elastic band or bobby pin.
  • Step 20 / Curl any pieces left down around the face and set the style with a firm-hold hairspray.

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