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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Four-strand braid

On a much lighter note, I'm excited to share another hair tutorial today...

My friend Caroline introduced me to the four-strand braid, which is such a pretty twist on a regular braid. Wouldn't you love to wear it with a cozy sweater all winter? Here are Caroline's steps, and Jamie Beck took photos (you might recognize a few from this post!)...
1. Divide your hair into two equal sections. I did this one on the side of my head, but you can have it facing straight back or in a higher ponytail. Whatever you like!

2. Take those two sections, and split each of them in two, so now you have four equal sections.

3-4. Take the section on the outside and pull it UNDER the section next to it, then OVER the next section. Repeat the opposite for the section on the inside: it goes OVER the section next to it, then UNDER the next section.

(I’ll break this step down a little more: Let's label the sections 1, 2, 3, 4, starting closest to your ear, then outward. Section 4 goes UNDER section 3 and OVER section 2 (it will then become the new section 2). Section 1 goes OVER section 2 and UNDER section 3 (it will then become the new section 3). Repeat: Section 4 goes UNDER section 3, and OVER section 2, and so on.)

5. Keep repeating these steps until you have reached the end. You might need a minute to get the hang of it (it did for me), but just keep remembering the under-over, over-under pattern. Then tie off with an elastic band.

6. Fatten your braid out a little so you can see all four sections clearly.

Voila! It takes a second to get the rhythm down, but I promise it's easy!
What do you think? Would you guys do this?

P.S. More hair tutorials, including a messy side ponytail and the perfect top knot.

(Photos of Caroline by Jamie Beck for Cup of Jo. Caroline is wearing a striped dress from Madewell, black patent loafers, and a tote from Dusen Dusen. All her jewelry is from her own line, BRVTVS.)

62 comments:

Melissa Blake said...

SO pretty!!!

p.s. loved your Manhattan photo...it's hard to picture the Big Apple so quiet. Glad you're all safe!

Diana Mieczan said...

I am totally trying it tonight. Such a pretty do:)LOVE. xoxo

Kelly said...

I like that she mentioned to flatten the braid out at the end. That is something I never think to do, but makes a lot of sense! Very cute post.

And please keep us posted on how things are going in Manhattan after the storm...we are glad you are all safe!

LandOfTheGlam said...

So unique and simple to do! Definitely gonna try this :)

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Diana McNeill said...

where is her grey t shirt from?? must have it.

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Liron said...

Totally trying it but I never look as glamorous as Caroline!

Justin + Liesl said...

I absolutely love it! I should try braiding my hair again.... I'm always afraid to because my hair is so thin and when I braid it, it never looks that great. Try and try again I guess! Thanks for the tutorial!

xoxo
Liesl

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Helo's mama said...

is there any way you can ask Caroline to do a tutorial on her eye make up? it is so simple yet so sweet. I love that she bring her eyeliner down.

thanks!

Angry Asian said...

not gonna lie, this braid is not happening for me.

Zoë said...

I'm going to need to sit down and read the instructions CAREFULLY to decipher them... But I'm really looking forward to trying this out! Thanks Joanna!

xo
Z
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Erika said...

Very cute! I love braids with cozy sweaters. I'm also loving sweater tights these days too. And wool socks. Anything to snuggle up in! Thoughts are with you and everyone else in NYC and region.

Loulou said...

Neat. I'll be trying that out!

loulou

Aubrey said...

This is super cute! I'll definitely be trying. Glad you and your fam are safe. East Coast is in our thoughts over here on the West.

tinajo said...

She looks adorable, very nice braid! :-)

Daniella C said...

Sigh... if only I had straight hair to actually wear this! Curly hair doesn't work so well...

Valentina Duracinsky said...

Love this!

Valentina
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Amy said...

Where is her grey tee shirt from?

Yelle said...

Love it! So loose and casual but at the same time so put together!

Catherine said...

I'm with Helo's mother, I would love a make up tutorial!

Caitlyn U. said...

I am in love with that dress, but Madewell is no longer carrying it! If anyone has it in a size 10 or 12 to sell, I am interested! custicke at gmail dot com

Catherine said...

** helo's mama, sorry!

Sharon Beesley said...

so pretty. i want to try it :)

Katie said...

Hi Jo - your hair tutorials always look so nice but seem to be for only 1 type of hair - thin, calm, straight, long. My hair is very thick and curly...any tips for me?! Thanks :)

Marie Matter said...

SO cute, and I LOVE her style! The dress w/loafers is so unexpected and stunning.

xx

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Jodie Smith said...

So adorable. I cannot wait until my hair is long enough to do this!

Kisses!

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Mary said...

I braid my hair all the time, I must try this! Thanks!

Emma said...

Ooh a makeup tutorial on this look would be great! It's so fresh and simple :)

Elvina said...

where is that grey t shirt from? absolutely loved the braid!

Aubrey said...

oooh adore the tshirt--- hints?

Notes from Holly St. said...

love this! so chic yet effortless!

Lady Grey said...

oh its really lovely!

JoCarol said...

I encho Emma's comment, please have Caroline share her makeup information!

Addy ☺ said...

Very unique and I ♥ any hairdo on the side of the head.

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Rudelle Jade said...

Wow! Simple {in theory} but effective! And what stunning photos! I would try this but I have layers so it'd be the messy look I think. Thanks for explaining how to do it : )I'll take a look at some of your other hair tutorials now...

Erin said...

Love that! can't wait to try it!

erin
its-your-chance.blogspot.com

Olof Drofn Eggertsdottir said...

Wish my hair was long enough for that. I´m really needing look. Something better than the tired mamma of a 5 week old, 2 year old and 4 year old look. LOL
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quicklikeacat said...

I would really love to see a makeup tutorial as well!

Emily said...

Kinda looks like when I accidently mess up my regular 3-strand braid.. haha.

Jackie Bragale said...

Looks cute but I'm not sure I'd be able to get the rhythm. I can barely do a regular braid.

Jackie Bragale said...

Looks cute but I'm not sure I'd be able to get the rhythm. I can barely do a regular braid.

4utea said...

Glad that you're all okay! The photo looks so eerie, this storm is a real reminder of the sheer force of mother nature. cheap prom dresses

Αρμονία said...

Love that! Simple but effective!Kisses!

Keely Brightmore said...

gorgeous ♥

sbot said...

Its perfect!

-Stephanie

Sarah D said...

I really like her dress.
cute braid too, but I've got to say, I feel like I've seen this exact post before! You've done many, many variations on the braid, all with a pretty similar look. I know you love braids and since you and your friend both have long straight hair, its an easy, casual look for you both. But, I'd really love to see some variety in your hair tutorials.

Lela said...

I just checked out her jewelry line and I must say it's AMAZING! I wish I had every single piece!

Love and High Heels said...

You look very pretty with the braid :)
Kiss, A*

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primjillie said...

I just wish my hair was a bit longer! I love that you have tutorial for straight, fine hair. Almost every other hairstyle ideas are for wonderful, thick, wavy hair. Thanks!

CMR said...

I love doing a 4 stranded braid. I typically do mine in the style of a french braid (where I pick up strands)... I tend to think of it as weaving: over-under-over-under rather than braiding.

kirsten. said...

Where is the grey shirt from? I must have one. Looks so comfy!

Mariana Abd Rasyid said...

nice tips sister like It

Kate said...

So pretty and simple! Caroline is gorgeous. Any idea what shade of lipstick she's wearing?

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lindsaylancaster said...

Love! I echo the grey shirt request :)

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Kyla Ostler said...

Gray T-shirt is from Club Monaco! I'd love to see some ideas for braiding short hair! thnx JO!

CinD B said...

OK, love the tutorials, the photos...the whole look. However, I'm getting a little frustrated with trying to SEE how the braid looks! You have your arm covering most of the braid in one shot, an awkward angle in another, braid on far side of face in a few more... In most of the photos the model is too far away and it's hard to see the detail. Can you you at least have a few close up shots of the front of the braid (I'm talking really damn close, here), that is what you're trying to show us, right! You've got some of the sides, but the front would be nice. Or, is it just me that's getting mad at your photographer, who is obviously talented? I've looked at everyone of your tutorials and have gotten a little frustrated with the photos in every one. OK, I'm done with my rant. Thanks for listening. Love the braids.

Leah.Dellacroce said...

I am HORRIBLE at doing my hair, and I've been dying to learn how to do the four strand braid. Yours is the first tutorial that clearly explained how to do it, and I actually got it down within the first few minutes of trying! Thank you so much!

eljohnny said...

Yes! I just finished doing this to my sisters hair! It took a couple tries, but once you get it's so simple. I can't wait until my hair is long enough to do this to myself!

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Karen said...

This was in the Birchbox blog today! My two favorite blogs!! Also your friend is GORGEOUS.

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