Permutations in Braiding Hair

As a mom of a girl child, I’m supposed know all about braiding hair. But I don’t. <cue dramatic bad mom music>

I know how to braid three basic strands of hair… mostly. But when I try the French braiding thing, K8’s hair looks like a feral goose nested in it overnight.

“There must be some way of knowing how much extra hair to pull in – and when!” I thought.

When trying to figure it out (mathematically, of course), I noticed that the strands of the braid weave to give all possible permutations of three things!

Check it out:

So we have all of these:

Is there more?

This makes me wonder what happens with four strands. Of course that kind of thinking will send any incompetent braiding mom into fits!

What do you think?

You might also like:

This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you support us so we can continue to provide free content!

2 Responses to Permutations in Braiding Hair

Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.