Step Up Your Hair Game With This Chain Link Braid

by Rachel Weeks

Step Up Your Hair Game With This Chain Link Braid

If this fancy braiding technique looks familiar, that’s because it’s been all over Pinterest and all over the runway. Donna Karan featured a chain link braid in her Spring 2015 NYFW show, and now you can do it yourself. Go ahead; give this four-strand braid a try.

Low ponytails and braids were all over the spring 2015 NYFW runways, but Donna Karan’s chain link braid really stood out in our minds. If you’re looking for a new braiding technique to learn, make this one next on your list. It might take you a few tries to get it right—the fingering is a little tricky—but once you do, we’re confident this braid will earn itself a spot in your regular hairstyle rotation.


Chain Link Braid: Steps 1-2


1. Start by splitting your hair into four equal sections and hold them in your dominant hand with your palm up.


2. Then, with your other hand, pick up the second and fourth sections to become the new first and second sections.


Chain Link Braid: Steps 3-4


3. Flip the first and third sections to become the third and fourth sections.


4. You then repeat the same process from hand to hand. Pick up section 2, place it between your thumb and forefinger on your dominant hand, and then place section 4 between your forefinger and middle finger. Then section 1 goes between your middle finger and ring finger, and section 3 goes between your ring finger and little finger.


Chain Link Braid: Steps 5-6


5. Continue the same technique, picking up sections 2 and 4; then flip your hand over to place sections 1 and 3 in the opposite hand.


6. Secure the end of your braid with a small clear elastic, and stretch it out gently to emphasize the shape of the braid.


Photography by Karla Conrad. Hairstyling by Kathleen at Penelopie Beauty Bar.