This style was a great one for my 13 year old, because it keeps her hair back and out of her face, but is still down in back showing her length. Since bohemian styles tend to be a bit messier and “carefree” you can mess this one up much more if you prefer!
Step 1 – Part out a rectangular section of hair from each temple back to the crown, and then across the crown.
Step 2 – Make a 3D or round 4 strand braid.
Watch our 3D/round 4 Strand Braid video HERE.
Step 3 – As you braid down the hair, pull on the edges of the braid to make it flatter and more pancaked.
Step 4 – When you reach the bottom of the braid, secure with an elastic.
Step 5 – On the right side of the head, part out hair from the crown down to the right ear.
Step 6 – Make a flat 4 strand braid.
You really can make a regular 3 strand braid or whatever your favorite braid or twist is for this part, but we wanted to keep with the 4 strand braids for this style. You can watch our flat 4 strand braid video HERE if you need help with those types of braids.
Step 7 – Once you know the braid is long enough that it will reach the left ear, hold the section of the braid that appears to run right down the center of your braid.
Step 8 – With one hand, hold that section of hair, and push the remaining 3 sections up towards the scalp so all the hair bunches up on that one strand.
Step 9- Gently slide the sections back down the one strand which will create a more loop like braid & then secure the end with an elastic.
Step 10 – Repeat steps 6-9 on the left side of the head.
Step 11 – Draw the braid on the left side across the back of the head, but pass the braid under the center stitch of the 4 strand braid that runs vertically down the back.
Step 12 – Now draw the braid from the right side across the back of the head, and pass it under the same center stitch of the vertical 4 strand braid.
Step 13 – Secure the tails of these braids with bobby pins as needed, so the elastics don’t show.
Depending on the length of hair you are working with, you may want to tuck those tails up under the braids to hide them, but I just let hers hang down into the straight hair below and once I combed through her straight hair in back the tails just blended in to the rest of the hair.
Don’t forget to PIN this for later! It’s one that’s great for your tween or teenager! If you like bohemian styles, be sure to check all of our boho styles out HERE! And if you love 4 strand braids as much as we do, don’t forget all our 4 strand braid tutorials!