If 4 strand braids are no biggy for you, hopefully you can figure out how I did this with the few pictures I took. But if you still aren’t sure how to do them, have no fear – I’ll get a video posted for you soon. I’ve just been playing “single mom” for the past 2 weeks and I haven’t had a lot of time to sit & edit the video.
*** To watch the “how to” video – go HERE ***
Start by making a ponytail & securing it with a rubber band. Take a nice big piece of ribbon and slip it underneath your rubber band. My ribbon was about 2x as long as her ponytail, plus a little bit more!
Slide the ribbon down around so it’s on the under side of the ponytail.
Divide the ponytail in half. Instead of having 4 sections of hair you’ll only have 2 this time. Pull the ribbon into the middle of the ponytail – the ribbon is going to act as the other 2 strands of hair.
Position the hair in your left hand just as you would to make a regular four stranded braid. But instead of having hair for the middle 2 strands it will be the ribbon.
Start doing the 4 strand braid as shown in my video for a regular 4 strand braid – but each time you make a plate you’ll be using one section of hair & one piece of ribbon. I almost think it was easier to braid like this because you aren’t working with as many sections of hair. The ribbon doesn’t have “fly aways” and such!
Braid down the whole pony tail continuing the 4 strand braid method. When you get done the ribbon should come down nicely in the middle of the braid. It looks the same on the underside as well. You can tie it off at the bottom & leave it like this, but we went a bit further with it on this day.
Tie the end off with a rubber band. Then loop the braid up and to the left to form a loop. Take the remaining long ends of ribbon and wrap them around the base of the pony tail securing the “tail” to the pony tail base. Wrap it around until you’re sure it’s not going to slip. For extra “reinforcements” add a bobby pin or two!
Once you’ve wrapped the ribbon around a couple times, tie a nice little bow to give it a finishing touch. I then slightly turned the ends of the “tail” under with my curling iron so they sprayed off to the right side of the head.
I’ve got a couple other ways I’ve used this 4 strand braid that I’ll post eventually.