Step By Step: Four Strand Braid / Plait With Topsy Tail


This is the second post of my series of Step By Step Hair Tutorials, and today’s style is the Four Strand Braid / Plait With Topsy Tail.

It’s a super cute plait that differs from a conventional plait because instead of 3 strands of hair, as the name suggests, you will use 4 strands of hair in order to create the plait. This is not the easiest hair tutorial and it will involve quite a bit of concentration, however, it won’t require any tools apart from a couple of hair bands. Let’s get to it!

Step 1: Secure your hair in a low side ponytail and create the topsy tail

I have a blog post with a detailed tutorial on how to do a topsy tail, so if you don’t know how to do one, click here to read my tutorial.

Step 2: Split your hair into 4 strands

Try to make them as equal as possible and make sure you secure them well between your fingers. If you are practising, it may be worth securing each strand with a hair band so that you don’t get them mixed up.

Step 3: Take the outside strand of hair on the right

You will need one free hand to hold this piece of hair and move it on the next step. Use your other hand to hold the other 3 pieces of hair separately in between your fingers like I’m doing on the photo.

Step 4: Bring it under the two strands next to it

Now both of your hands are being used to hold the strands of hair, so you might have to do some shifting around with your fingers until your have one available finger to manoeuvre this strand of hair on the next step.

Step 5: Move it over the strand on the right-hand side of it

This will be the final destination of this piece of hair for now. If you’ve managed so far, you’ll finish this plait with no problems at all, because the rest of the steps is just repeating what you’ve already done, but on the other side.

Step 6: Take the outside strand of hair on the left and bring it under the two strands next to it

This step is the same as steps 3 and 4, but with the strand of hair on the far left.

Step 7: Move it over the strand on the left-hand side of it

Same as step 5, but you are moving your strand of hair over the one on its left side. Now you’ve got the base of your plait.

Repeat Steps 3 to 7 until you reach the end of your hair.

By now you should start to see what your plait will look like when it’s finished.

And this is the end result!

If you’ve got layers like me, there will be some loose pieces of hair where your hair is shorter, so I like to scrunch up the plait to make it look as if those pieces of hair were left there on purpose to make it look more bohemian. :)

I know this plait is a bit hard to do on your own hair, but keep practising and take your time. It’s definitely worth it in the end!

Did you like it? Leave me a comment below, and also let me know what other hair tutorials you would like to see here on Le Beauty Group.


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