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neko_kawaii
April 1st, 2020, 09:31 AM
By now you have probably mastered the traditional three-strand braid. Maybe even the two-strand rope braid and the ever changing sectioning of the fishtail braid. But can you four-strand? Five-strand? Eleven-strand?

It's like the Limbo, but. . .going higher. . .with hair.

How high can you go?

bparnell75
April 1st, 2020, 11:43 AM
Now this is getting tricky. I can't even 4 strand.

Siv
April 1st, 2020, 12:38 PM
I learnt the hawser braid the other day! Does it count? :lol:

HaMalka
April 1st, 2020, 01:25 PM
I learnt the hawser braid the other day! Does it count? :lol:

If it does my Arwen Battle Braid counts as a 27 strand braid.


I can reliably do a four strand on myself, and I have managed 5 strand braids. The most strands I've ever done on myself was the Arwen Battle Braid which was made of 9 braids. I don't think I could manage 9 strands on myself if they weren't pre-braided.

On others and on bread I can reliably do 6 strands. The most strands I have done was a whole head basket braid that I just kept going with. I'm not sure how many strands it ended up.

AmaryllisRed
April 1st, 2020, 05:13 PM
I used to be able to do a five-strand Dutch braid but that was with like a foot less length.
I can do a seven-strand if I do two English braids and weave them together with a chunk in the middle. That counts, right?

I feel like I have too much length now, but if HaMalka can do it... also I feel like Andrea691 has done some multi-strand braids on super long hair.
ETA: So I should stop making excuses!

AmaryllisRed
April 3rd, 2020, 08:06 PM
Hey, four strand!

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=40841&d=1585965860

This style challenge might prove an excellent diversion for me...

ETA: Five strand!

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=40842&d=1585967201

I don't think I know how to do six...

Kat
April 3rd, 2020, 08:38 PM
I can do five, but it's not easy. After all, after that I run out of slots between my fingers to put the sections in...

Also, since my hair is so tangly and wants to stick together so much, it's not easy to keep the strands separated, *and* from being frizzy, etc.

I'll say that reliably, the most I can do is four-- this is a number I can manage, and that I don't need extra fortitude to tackle. :)

AmaryllisRed
April 3rd, 2020, 08:59 PM
Six! Notice how the braids get wider... and shorter...
I got warm and had to take off my sweatshirt between the first and second attempts.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=40843&d=1585968987

Kat
April 4th, 2020, 03:49 PM
Here's the braid I just did (unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to take a good picture of it in my hair): https://www.animatedknots.com/four-strand-square-sinnet-knot

It looks like a square 3-strand braid, really. (And as I can think of easier ways to achieve that 3-D look, like splitting each side strand so it crosses both over and under the middle strand, and as my hair is too thin for the 3-D effect to really be noticeable, I doubt I'll be putting the effort into this braid in future. It would look really great on someone with really thick, smooth hair though.)

Tomorrow I'll try this one: https://www.animatedknots.com/four-strand-sinnet-knot-2974

*Thinking out loud here* I find that in my hair, four strand braids don't look that much different from three-strand braids (and most people probably don't even remotely look closely enough at me to notice), so I don't often put in the effort. One of my problems with four-strand braids is keeping them tight; because there are now more strands than I can easily manage with the number of fingers I have, I often will have to drop one strand as I cross it and then pick it up in the other hand, which makes tightness more difficult than if I was constantly holding and pulling on each strand like I am with a three-strand braid. Yeah, I can pull it tight again after I cross, but that's imperfect, tends to pull the hairs up funny, and when I'm passing strands between awkward fingers, I have the tendency to manage to split the sections slightly and then I'm trying to both hold my hair and get everything where it belongs. So, between the looseness and me trying to keep all strands where they belong, that's why my braids look messy and get shreddy.

TatsuOni
April 5th, 2020, 02:43 AM
Does a six strand braid, made from six braids count? I've done regular four and five strand braids, but the only six strand braid that I've made, was from six braids.

https://cdn3.cdnme.se/1263465/9-3/mobiluppladdning_5e511af19606ee58375ac87f_5e899a2e ddf2b376e17de0a5.jpg

neko_kawaii
April 5th, 2020, 09:09 AM
If the strands are braided but you are managing all of them at the same time to, lets say six-strand braid, that definitely counts, and is probably a good way to learn the hand movements without dealing with the hairs escaping and loosing the sectioned strands.

Beautiful everyone!

I don't think I've done more than four myself, so I'll be attempting at least five soon.

TatsuOni
April 5th, 2020, 09:20 AM
If the strands are braided but you are managing all of them at the same time to, lets say six-strand braid, that definitely counts, and is probably a good way to learn the hand movements without dealing with the hairs escaping and loosing the sectioned strands.

Beautiful everyone!

I don't think I've done more than four myself, so I'll be attempting at least five soon.

It's a lot easier to take a break or go back and redo a section if necessary, if your use braided sections :)

Siv
April 5th, 2020, 10:21 AM
Oh wow Tatsu!

TatsuOni
April 5th, 2020, 11:00 AM
Oh wow Tatsu!

:flower: :flower: :flower:

bparnell75
April 5th, 2020, 12:10 PM
Does a six strand braid, made from six braids count? I've done regular four and five strand braids, but the only six strand braid that I've made, was from six braids.

https://cdn3.cdnme.se/1263465/9-3/mobiluppladdning_5e511af19606ee58375ac87f_5e899a2e ddf2b376e17de0a5.jpg

Now that's what would call a multi:cheer: strand braid.

KokoroDragon
April 5th, 2020, 01:09 PM
All these braids are so impressive! The most I've attempted is a four strand braid, and I don't think my hair is long enough yet to reasonably do any more than that. This thread is definitely giving me ideas for the future, though!

victor_tinyduck
April 5th, 2020, 02:53 PM
I can do 4-5 on myself, but I think I could probably manage more on another person!

TatsuOni
April 6th, 2020, 05:57 AM
Now that's what would call a multi:cheer: strand braid.

:blossom: :blossom: :blossom:

Shorty89
April 7th, 2020, 12:46 PM
I tried a six strand braid the other day and was fine until I had to switch it to over my shoulder. Then, I lost track of the strands. :shrug:

Miss Thyme
April 7th, 2020, 01:42 PM
Is there a skill requirement? I've done a 5-strand Dutch braid on myself a few times, but the results were not very even or symmetric ;)

Lucy McLucyFace
April 10th, 2020, 04:45 AM
I remember once doing a 4 or 5 strand braid on a classmate in highschool. She had rather thick armpit length hair so the end result looked more like a basket than a braid

TheMandaRose
April 11th, 2020, 06:05 AM
The most I've managed was a 4 strand. Even though my hair is somewhere around bsl it feels too short to achieve even a 4 strand braid that looks like anything. This is the longest my hair has been in my adult life but it never feels long enough! I guess maybe that's a common theme here? ��

TatsuOni
April 11th, 2020, 07:10 AM
The most I've managed was a 4 strand. Even though my hair is somewhere around bsl it feels too short to achieve even a 4 strand braid that looks like anything. This is the longest my hair has been in my adult life but it never feels long enough! I guess maybe that's a common theme here? ��

Definitely! I'm at mid thigh and it's still not long enough :laugh:

lapushka
April 13th, 2020, 08:05 AM
Yeah... I can't do more than 3. :lol: Oh well, and a side braid is my favorite!

HaMalka
April 13th, 2020, 08:30 AM
I did a quick sideways french six? strand braid on a family member yesterday. I started it like a basket braid adding sections as I went. The number of strands changed as I went along so I'm not entirely certain it is a six strand. Trying to count strands ex post facto is not my strong suit.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=40936&d=1586788168

Sarahlabyrinth
April 13th, 2020, 09:04 AM
Three are enough for me :)

LadyMikaelson
April 13th, 2020, 05:27 PM
I can do three. I think I tried a four or five strand one once. I was able to achieve a decent result, but I don't have it fully down yet.


I did a quick sideways french six? strand braid on a family member yesterday. I started it like a basket braid adding sections as I went. The number of strands changed as I went along so I'm not entirely certain it is a six strand. Trying to count strands ex post facto is not my strong suit.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=40936&d=1586788168

That's really lovely!

HaMalka
April 13th, 2020, 06:03 PM
I can do three. I think I tried a four or five strand one once. I was able to achieve a decent result, but I don't have it fully down yet.



That's really lovely!

Thank you!

jane_marie
October 13th, 2020, 02:05 PM
Hi guys! I did my first four strand braid today!

https://i.imgur.com/2CiJ5Vj.png

AmaryllisRed
October 13th, 2020, 04:10 PM
Hi guys! I did my first four strand braid today!

[IMG]https://i.imgur.com/2CiJ5Vj.png[/IG]

That looks great!

jane_marie
October 13th, 2020, 10:15 PM
That looks great!

Thanks. :D

barnet_fair
October 16th, 2020, 03:00 AM
Hi guys! I did my first four strand braid today!

https://i.imgur.com/2CiJ5Vj.png

Beautiful, Jane! Skilled braiding and a mesmerising effect.

Jen419
October 16th, 2020, 10:41 AM
Hi guys! I did my first four strand braid today!

https://i.imgur.com/2CiJ5Vj.png



Wow! That is so pretty! and your hair jewelry is gorgeous!

jane_marie
October 16th, 2020, 10:43 AM
Beautiful, Jane! Skilled braiding and a mesmerising effect.

Thank you! :o

I was shocked to find out that these are actually slightly less cramp inducing for my hands! :D