DIY FOUR STRAND BRAID – MOHAWK EFFECT
Hi lovely! This week I want to share something I’ve learned very recently and I think it’s a super cool way to achieve a braided mohawk! 🙂 It’s a four strand braid technique I’ve learned from Heather Chapman (If you’re on Instagram and you’re a hair fanatic, you’re probably familiar with her profile already: @heatherchapmanhair ) I saw this on long hair originally and it looked stunning! But I want to show you that you can not only do this on yourself, but you can also get away with it if your hair is shorter and layered! 🙂
Alternative four strand braid
I’ve been used to doing the four strand braid in a different way (you can see it in this post and here), and then there was always one strand that didn’t get hair added to it. It has a very different effect than this one, which I think is great if you’re looking for something more edgy 🙂
- Start by parting a small U shaped section on the top of your head. Divide that into 4 strands by gliding three fingers through.
- You’ll always start from one side only (if you’re right handed like me, it will most likely be the left side, otherwise feel free to go from the right). Cross the leftmost strand over the second one, under the third and over the fourth strand.
- Add new hair from your right side to the rightmost strand. While holding on to the new merged right strand with your right hand, put your middle finger over the next strand and your index finger over the next one again and close your fist. That way you’ll be able to hold all of the strands with one hand while still separating them.
- You can grab your left strand between your right thumb and index finger while you pick up new hair from the left side and merge it together with the left strand.
- Repeat steps 2-4 until you run out of hair to add into the braid, then depending on your hair length, either continue braiding further down or tie the braid at the nape of your neck into a ponytail.
- The most important step is to pull this braid apart! Start gently and go little by little. Start with the side strand and then start pulling the middle strand out. It’s that middle strand that’s going to give this braid a mohawk effect.
When you tie off your braid at the bottom, no matter the hair length, leave at least 2-3 inches out and don’t tie the elastic too tightly. This should give you enough room to pull out the braid.
Above I described how you can use your fingers to separate the strands while you’re braiding. If that sounds too confusing to you, just remember that you only do the braid stitch from one side – over, under, over – than you add additional hair to both outer strands and repeat the stitch. If you remember that, then your hands will figure out the rest! 😉
What do you think of this type of four strand braid?
Have a great hair day!