How to do the Dutch Braid Hairstyle
Braided hairstyles that are all over the place? That’s got to be the dutch braid and the french braid. Instagram and Pinterest are filled with hundreds of thousands of content about these hairstyles. They are basically the same thing – just inverted.
You’ll probably find yourself thinking that it’s exactly like the french braid and there’s no point in learning it. It’s true and there’s no denying that it’s just the same-old french braid but instead of crossing the sections over, the dutch braid is formed by crossing the sections under. Although the similarity is striking and obvious, the dutch braid has its own appeal and is loved by many – even famous celebrities.
Treat this style as a thing of its own and it will do wonders for you and your hair game. Without further ado, here’s what we were able to put together to help you learn the dutch braid.
Do-it-yourself: Dutch braid hairstyle
Preparation: We want a tangle-free, clean and organized hair. Do not shy away from brushing your hair with a comb/hairbrush until it’s soft. Think of it as having a clean station to work with. This will make the process easier and in order.
Step one: Gather a chunk of hair
Gather a chunk of hair from the crown of the head (about 3-4 inches). This will be the starting point of our braid structure. We’ll start braiding with this and then gradually add in more hair from the sides.
Step two: Section the hair
Separate the chunk into (3) three equal sections. This particular style uses 3 strands to build the overall structure – the left, right and the center. It’s best to hold the right section with the right hand and the left section with the left hand.
Step three: Cross the sections
Cross the right section under the middle section. The right section is now the middle and the middle section is now the right section.
Cross the left section under the middle. The left section is now the middle and the middle section is now the left section.
Always keep in mind, the goal is to cross the outer sections (left and right) under the middle in an alternating fashion. Pull the sections to tighten the structure.
Step four: Add a small volume of hair to the sections
- Add a small volume of hair to the right section by gathering hair from the right side of the head and fuse it with the right section then cross the thicker right section to the middle.
The thicker right section is now the middle and the middle section is now the right section.
- Add a small volume of hair to the left section by gathering hair from the left side of the head and fuse it with the left section then cross the thicker left section to the middle.
The thicker left section is now the middle and the middle section is now the right section.
Continue adding hair until you reach the nape of your neck. Proceed by braiding the remaining hair.
Step five: Finish and secure the braid
Leave at least 1 to 2 inches of hair for the hair accessory to be used to secure the braid. Finish by using a tie (small elastic, ribbon, etc) to hold the hair in place.
Congratulations! Now you know how to do the Dutch braid, all you have to do next is practice, practice, practice, and practice until each and every step feels natural and becomes second nature.
Considering the looks, usefulness, and difficulty of this style. How would you score the Dutch braid using a scale of 5? Please let us know what you think in the comments!
Try other hairstyles
Now that you know how to make the Dutch braid, there are other hairstyles that you can try. Click around the website and look for one you’d like to try. We have more step-by-step tutorials and visual guides to make it easier for you to get the hang of it. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. We’ll try and help you as good as we can
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