A 4-Strand Fishtail Braid!
Our braiding tutorial today features a beautiful and intricate low side braid which was inspired by an Instagram photo we first saw on an account called "PrincessPunzelsHair."
This "centipede braid" is created by braiding 4 braids together (3 fishtail braids & 1 regular 3-strand braid) woven into a beautiful 4-strand pattern. If you are on Pinterest or Instagram, you probably remember seeing images of a similar variation of this braid (which was 3 fishtail braids braided together) as it went sort of viral in recent years. "The Princess" has worn the 3-strand version as well, and it is very pretty. But we love this 4-strand braid even more!
The only "complaint" I have with this braid, is that it does take awhile to complete. Most of the hairstyles we have shown on this blog are much quicker than they look and I rarely spend more than 5-10 minutes on The Princess's hair. But, that is not the case with this one. If you have made fishtail braids before.... you know what I am talking about. :) I would plan on a good 20 minutes to complete all of the braiding (especially if you are working with long hair.) With that said, I think the extra time spent is well worth it, since this braid is just so beautiful and intricate looking!
We chose to do a side braid for our video tutorial below, but this braid can be centered at the nape of the neck instead, or placed into a ponytail. You could also wrap the braid up into a pretty bun... but the pattern is just so gorgeous (and after spending all of that time braiding) I hate to cover it up and prefer to leave this one down to show it off!
- 4 temporary hair ties (to hold the ends of the braids while you are working.)
- 1 clear elastic or hair tie.
- Gel, water, hair wax, or pomade (optional)
Centipede Braid Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.