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neko_kawaii
November 1st, 2018, 07:44 PM
This is my personal favorite way to four strand braid! It is great for learning (less hair sections to wrangle), looks impressive, and elegant. If you are looking for holiday hair style inspiration, check this one out.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g5AIZ4YRlE

littlestarface
November 2nd, 2018, 08:28 PM
I wish I could do this on myself but it will be literally impossible for me. I would love to do a 5 strand braid tho but it would never happen.

AmaryllisRed
November 3rd, 2018, 09:41 AM
What's the secret to getting the ribbon pinned in there?

ETA: I couldn't get it to stay with bobby pins so I just stuck the end in my mouth.

Hot mess. This was my first time ever trying to braid with a ribbon and it was not easy.

https://i.imgur.com/Hl9IvdC.jpg

lithostoic
November 3rd, 2018, 10:03 AM
Very cute! Not going to attempt because I know it will hurt my back.

Cg
November 4th, 2018, 01:34 PM
Elegant indeed. Too bad it's a guaranteed fail for me -- slickest hair in the world. :boohoo:

HaMalka
November 4th, 2018, 03:22 PM
I did this on my sister yesterday.
If I could find a ribbon of the right length and shape I might try it on myself.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=33972&d=1541369977

AmaryllisRed
November 4th, 2018, 04:06 PM
Ooh, that's very pretty, HaMalka!

BlueGypsy
November 4th, 2018, 07:04 PM
I don't know if I could manage a 4 strand braid, let alone one with a ribbon! But I think I'll at least try the braid part. If if comes out halfway decent I'll update with a pic!

prairie lark
November 5th, 2018, 06:45 PM
:waving: first four strand I've ever done. It was too loose at my nape so I pinned it one turn up on itself.

https://i.imgur.com/kxcK8dM.jpg?1

prairie lark
November 6th, 2018, 10:51 AM
Try #2, with a skinny silk scarf. It's too much fabric for wearing down but made a decent updohttps://forums.longhaircommunity.com/images/icons/icon14.png

https://i.imgur.com/GTnvGz4.jpg?2

https://i.imgur.com/3uZNNPh.jpg?2


This is my personal favorite way to four strand braid!

show us! :o

AmaryllisRed
November 6th, 2018, 11:13 AM
Pretty, Prairie!
I like the look of it bunned as well.

prairie lark
November 6th, 2018, 11:20 AM
Thanks Amaryllis. Your pink ribbon is a beautiful compliment to your lovely braid. I'm not seeing hot mess:confused: there, at all! :o

AmaryllisRed
November 6th, 2018, 03:56 PM
Thanks Amaryllis. Your pink ribbon is a beautiful compliment to your lovely braid. I'm not seeing hot mess:confused: there, at all! :o

Awww, thanks! It just wasn't smooth or symmetrical... but it never is!

HaMalka
November 14th, 2018, 05:43 PM
Finally did it on myself:

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34093&d=1542242112

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34092&d=1542242104

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34091&d=1542242096

There is some wierd twisting stuff going on at my neck. I think its from strange tension or the ribbon being too thin compared to my hair sections. Anyone have any ideas on that?

AmaryllisRed
November 14th, 2018, 06:57 PM
HaMalka, your hair is stunning.

Ligeia Noire
November 14th, 2018, 07:04 PM
Just gorgeous Hamalka!

Spikey
November 14th, 2018, 10:17 PM
So pretty HaMalka! It's so even and elegant!

As for the twisting, I get that too, it happens when you switch your braiding position (bringing it over the shoulder, or moving your hands from above your head to the side) and the sections get scrambled a bit because your hand's orentation changed. You can see there's a mistake because the ribbon switches sides at your nape? Happens to me all the time, and I have like a fourth of your hair!

Tulipa
November 15th, 2018, 12:24 AM
Wow Hamalka, what an spectacuar braid! It looks like it has the same thickness from neck to ankles. I bet your hair is a few inches on the floor when loose, right?

HaMalka
November 15th, 2018, 02:38 PM
Thank you, AmaryllisRed and Ligeia Noire.


So pretty HaMalka! It's so even and elegant!

As for the twisting, I get that too, it happens when you switch your braiding position (bringing it over the shoulder, or moving your hands from above your head to the side) and the sections get scrambled a bit because your hand's orentation changed. You can see there's a mistake because the ribbon switches sides at your nape? Happens to me all the time, and I have like a fourth of your hair!

Thanks for the compliments and the information, Spikey. So If I want to avoid the twistyness and the ribbon switching places I should be more careful of how my hands are positioned? Why doesn't this happen to three strand braids on me?


Wow Hamalka, what an spectacuar braid! It looks like it has the same thickness from neck to ankles. I bet your hair is a few inches on the floor when loose, right?

Thanks, Tulipa. My hair is not actually the same thickness all the way down, I think its the perspective making it look that way. You are correct, my hair is a few inches beyond my feet when loose.

Spikey
November 16th, 2018, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the compliments and the information, Spikey. So If I want to avoid the twistyness and the ribbon switching places I should be more careful of how my hands are positioned? Why doesn't this happen to three strand braids on me?


Yeah, when you switch your hands to a new side let go of the strands and pick them up based on the braid, not based on what strand you were just holding beacuse they will have twisted. When doing a simpler braid it's much easier to notice and correct.

ravenskey
November 18th, 2018, 08:27 AM
I tried this with a scarf and 1. could not work out how to attach it, 2., unfortunately, choose a black scarf so it's really hard to see(I fiddled with the lighting but didn't work great), 3. just failed at this in general(I droped the scarf half way through and missed a load of hair when I redid the strands).

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34127&d=1542554655

AmaryllisRed
November 18th, 2018, 12:54 PM
I tried this with a scarf and 1. could not work out how to attach it, 2., unfortunately, choose a black scarf so it's really hard to see(I fiddled with the lighting but didn't work great), 3. just failed at this in general(I droped the scarf half way through and missed a load of hair when I redid the strands).

[IG]https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34127&d=1542554655[/IMG]

Hey, I can see it! Not bad!

Kat
November 18th, 2018, 01:23 PM
What's the secret to getting the ribbon pinned in there?
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Honestly, whenever I use ribbons in my braiding, it either gets tied around the top of the ponytail/section of hair, or I make the ponytail with an elastic and loop the ribbon around that. I would think trying to attach it with bobby pins under a bunch of other hair would be uncomfortable and cause tangles and/or damage.


This didn't turn out to be what I thought it would be, but it gives me the idea to braid ribbons into my hair the way I normally do, just including them with each strand. Using a different color of ribbon for each strand will make it obvious that it's a 4-strand braid-- part of the reason I almost never do them is that to me they don't look that much different than a regular three-strand braid, so in my mind the extra effort isn't worth it. But differently-colored ribbons for each section would make it apparent.

I might try this method of braiding, though. It's different than the two methods I know of making a four-strand braid. Am I right in thinking that only two strands of hair are the "working" strands, though, and just keep crossing from L to R or R to L? (At least, that's the impression I get from her saying the ribbon is always stationary.) So how do you keep those two strands from ending up waaaay shorter than the other two in the end (since their length is being eaten up by actually being braided and passing back and forth)?

neko_kawaii
November 22nd, 2018, 10:17 AM
Done with a bead paranda.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4891/44186075380_5444b34b02.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ajzbMS)

And bunned
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4854/44186073480_c5ae627804.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ajzbe7)

Because I was planning on bunning, I used an elastic to create a ponytail and slipped the top of the paranda through that. I've also done things like use a mini clip to hold the end and remove it or reposition after the braiding is finished. The same can be done with bobby pins, take them out after the braid is finished and tuck the end of whatever they were holding out of sight.

AmaryllisRed
November 22nd, 2018, 11:18 AM
That looks awesome, neko_kawaii!
Are the beads difficult to work with? Do they get tangled in your hair at all? It's a really cool look.

neko_kawaii
November 22nd, 2018, 01:55 PM
I have to make sure to carefully keep each section separate as I braid, going down the full length to the ends. In normal braids I’d do that much less frequently. When I undo the braid is when it is most likely to tangle with the beads, so that means going slowly, but as long as I undo it slowly and separate each section as I go it is fine. The first time I used it I had a lot of tangles! But I figured out my mistakes pretty quickly.

Kat
November 22nd, 2018, 03:41 PM
Done with a bead paranda.


Because I was planning on bunning, I used an elastic to create a ponytail and slipped the top of the paranda through that. I've also done things like use a mini clip to hold the end and remove it or reposition after the braiding is finished. The same can be done with bobby pins, take them out after the braid is finished and tuck the end of whatever they were holding out of sight.

Oh, wow. I definitely need to make one of these now!! What sort of cord do you use? Is each bead knotted, or do you leave them loose to move around as suits the braid?

neko_kawaii
November 22nd, 2018, 07:15 PM
Oh, wow. I definitely need to make one of these now!! What sort of cord do you use? Is each bead knotted, or do you leave them loose to move around as suits the braid?

I used embroidery floss. The beads are knotted, but in such a way that they have an inch or so of movement. That was really because I was being lazy, but it certainly means I can adjust their position a little while braiding so most of them are on the “surface”.

There are two stands of floss, one goes through the bead, the second is used to tie the knots. Here is a close up:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4879/32136549678_fb1d2219d6.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/QXNdAJ)

I’m sure there are many ways of making such a thing!

Larke
November 23rd, 2018, 01:15 AM
Wow, neko_kawaii, that looks amazing! I have some beads and embroidery floss lying around, so I should give that a try. Maybe I'll finally get a nice-looking 4-strand braid! :lol:

maborosi
November 26th, 2018, 01:05 AM
Done with a bead paranda.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4891/44186075380_5444b34b02.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ajzbMS)

And bunned
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4854/44186073480_c5ae627804.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ajzbe7)

Because I was planning on bunning, I used an elastic to create a ponytail and slipped the top of the paranda through that. I've also done things like use a mini clip to hold the end and remove it or reposition after the braiding is finished. The same can be done with bobby pins, take them out after the braid is finished and tuck the end of whatever they were holding out of sight.

This is SO cool! I've never thought of using something beaded to spruce up a braid, what a cool effect! :)