How to Braid With Wool

Updated February 21, 2017

Knitting wool, also known as yarn, can be used to enhance and embellish hair braids. The benefits of braiding with wool are that it is much lighter and cheaper than synthetic or human hair and it is available in many unnatural hair colours like blue and pink for diversified looks. Mercerised cotton or sport-weight yarn, also known as four-ply yarn, is less bulky than acrylic or raw, unspun, roving wool. A drawback of sport-weight yarn, however, is that it is more likely to shrink and tangle up in natural hair if it gets wet. Choosing an appropriate yarn is a matter of preference.

Use three to six strands of wool per braid. The more strands you use, the thicker your braid will be. Measure the strands out to twice the length of each braid.

Part your hair into sections for each braid. Try to make the sections equal in size if you are going to braid your entire head of hair or make multiple braids in one part of your head. Equal sections of parted hair will ensure equal sized braids.

Use hair clips to clip away and separate hair that is not being braided.

Line up your wool strands so they are equal in length. Bend them in half. Wrap the wool strands around a section of hair at the root. Tie a knot in the wool at the root to secure it in place.

Use fingers on your dominant hand to fold one arm of the three- to six- stranded wool over your natural hair. Use your other hand to fold the other arm over the overlap. This criss-cross pattern creates your pinch braid. Pull the wool tight after each criss-cross. This will push the wool up against your hair for a natural blend.

Continue your braid until you get to two inches above the end of your natural hair or braid until the end. Braiding your hair to the end increases the likelihood of hair entanglement.

Tie a knot in the wool and allow the ends to flow freely.


A safer alternative to braiding wool into your hair is wrapping wool around strands of your hair. If wrapped wool shrinks upon contact with water, it is easily removed by unravelling as it is less likely to become entwined with your hair.


Wool both shrinks and smells pungent when it comes in contact with water. Shrunken wool tends to tangle into hair requiring that your natural hair be cut in order to remove the wool.

Things You'll Need

  • Wool/yarn
  • Gel
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
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Sarah McLeod began writing professionally for the federal government In 1999. In 2002 she was trained by Georgetown University's Oncology Chief to abstract medical records and has since contributed to Phase I through Phase IV research around the country. McLeod holds a Bachelor of Arts in human services from George Washington University and a Master of Science in health science from Touro University.