Today’s tutorial is a requested hairstyle from you guys!

I posted a picture of this look on instagram a few months back and so many of you asked for a tutorial I thought I’d go ahead and film it. I’ve never filmed tutorials for some of the more basic hairstyles so I’m excited to catch up on them. I hope you enjoy the tutorial! Thanks for watching! xo, Missy

4 Strand Braid Ponytail Supplies:

  • Rattail comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair band
  • Medium-hold hairspray
  • 1″ Curling iron

4 Strand Braid Ponytail Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Divide out a section of hair to frame this face and tuck this behind the ear.
  • Step 3 / Pick up a section near the part on the heavy side and divide it into four pieces for the braid.
  • Step 4 / With the far right strand, to cross this under the strand next to it, then over the next strand, and under the far left strand.
  • Step 5 / Now with the two middle strands, cross the right strand over the left strand.
  • Step 6 / Repeat those steps while adding new sections into the outer most sections.
  • Step 7 / Cross the far right strand under the strand next to it.
  • Step 8 / Pick up a new section and add it into that piece being crossed under.
  • Step 9 / Then continue crossing the strand over the next strand and under the far left strand.
  • Step 10 / Then add a new section into the far left strand that was crossed over.
  • Step 11 / Then with the two middle strands, cross the right strand over the left strand.
  • Step 12 / Now repeat those steps, continuing the four strand braid until hair is brought in from above the left ear.
  • Step 13 / Then continue the braid a little further down and slide a bobby pin over the bottom.
  • Step 14 / Now combine all of the hair together and tie it into a ponytail with a hair band.
  • Step 15 / Go back over the looped pieces, pulling on the edges to make the braid wider.
  • Step 16 / Then take a small section of hair from the ponytail, wrap it around the hair band and pin it underneath with a bobby pin.

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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 (:

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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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Four Strand Waterfall Braid

I recently came across a picture of a four strand waterfall braid and absolutely fell in love with it. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to try and couldn’t wait to find some free time to practice. I actually had to look up a few tutorials to see if they could teach me how to do it. Turns out, my hands got all tangled up and I couldn’t figure out how to do it following their style.

 

Four Strand Waterfall Braid

I decided to look at it differently and instead follow my own steps for a regular waterfall braid. It took a few tries but I soon figured out my own way to achieve this gorgeous braid. The trick I found was not dropping a waterfall piece until the third stitch, otherwise it can end up looking a little off. Watch the tutorial below and then give it a try! Of course, I would have to say this braid is definitely for the more advanced braiders out there but I would love to know what you think!

Four Strand Waterfall Braid

I am also super excited to say that today’s tutorial is a collaboration with the lovely and talented Annie from AnniesForgetMeKnots. We have decided to team up to bring you two new, gorgeous hairstyles to add to your repertoire. I will be showing you how to create a four-strand waterfall braid and Annie will transition it into a beautiful updo.
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The holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s time to amp up your style. This four strand headband braid is the perfect way to amp up your every day style! Four strand braids {last seen here} can be tricky at first but I promise with a little practice and concentration you will be amazed at how easy they can be! Pop in your favorite bow clip or glitzy pin to hold it in place and you are ready to hit the town or impress your friends at the next holiday shindig!

Here’s another fun tutorial with a four strand braid, Four Strand Half Updo!

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Four Strand Headband Braid
  • Step 1 / With a part on the right side, start by sectioning off a portion of hair from the part down to the left ear, clipping off the back hair.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a section of hair on the heavy side of the part and divide it into four strands.
  • Step 3 / Cross the back most strand under the strand next to it.
  • Step 4 / Next, cross it over the strand next to that one.
  • Step 5 / Then under the front most strand.
  • Step 6 / With the front most strand that went over, cross it under the strand next to it.
  • Step 7 / Then over the back most strand.
  • Step 8 / Bring in a section of hair and add it into the back most strand that just crossed under.
  • Step 9 /Work towards the front now, crossing the strand over the next strand and under the front most strand.
  • Step 10 / Pick up a section of hair and add it into the front most strand that was crossed over.
  • Step 11 / Repeat steps 6 though 10 until the braid reaches left ear.
  • Step 12 / Continue braiding the hair down in a regular four strand braid.
  • Step 13 / Tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 14 / Gently loosen the sides of the braid by pulling on the edges.
  • Step 15 / Wrap the braid around the head and pin it in place with a hair clip or pin.

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Four Strand Braid is the next level up from a French Braid. It can be tricky but with a little practice, anyone can master it.
I decided to do this post using different colored ties because I thought it’d be easiest to see. Besides, I couldn’t find any ribbon, yarn, or even string and considered using belts before discovering the ties hanging lazily in the closet being unproductive.
It’s basically, over under over, under over under, etc. To make it a french braided look you just have to pull in strands of hair as you go. I hope you try this out. It reminded me of some kind of craft project from the 3rd grade. I am surprised I haven’t tried it sooner.
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