Wedding hair challenge: the five-strand braid

By on Jun. 7th

I love braids. They can be dressed up or hippied-out, and either add a little intricacy to a wedding look or add the right amount of casualness. This tutorial is for a pretty advanced braid where you'll need either fairly thick hair or some added extensions. But once you've mastered it, the look is amazing. I present to you LuxyHair's tutorial on the three four FIVE-STRAND braid!

Here is the scoop:

  • Separate the hair into five segments. Tying the ends of each with an elastic helps.
  • Take the outer hair segment, pull it OVER the one next to it and UNDER the middle section.
  • Do the same thing on the opposite side.
  • Repeat until you lose your mind.
  • Win.

I found this video was helpful in visually explaining the steps. If you plan to incorporate this braid into your wedding day style, you can always lean on your stylist to do the heavy (hair) lifting.

Full disclosure: I tried this about a dozen times and failed hard. But the overall idea is sound. I am determined to successfully create this braid though, and I challenge you to do it too! Post your success (or major fails) in the comments.

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About Catherine Clark

Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time, she loiters at her local library, makes art, and overshares on Twitter and Instagram.