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Dutch Braid

THE LOOK

Now that you’ve practiced doing a basic braid and a French braid, you can move on to the Dutch braid! This style is really just the reverse of a French braid, and is sometimes called an inside-out braid. Instead of bringing pieces over and into the middle, you bring them under and into the middle so that the braid sits proudly on top. This style suits straight hair, but also looks great in curly hair.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes, but you can do this in your own hair with practice.

ACCESSORIES

Like with the French braid, you can add ribbons or bows for a sweet look, or add flowers for a bohemian twist.

TRY THIS

This versatile technique can be used in many hairstyles and can be varied to create an infinite number of looks. Try braiding your hair diagonally downward or into an upside-down braid bun.

Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.
Bottom : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Dorothy Jean Joly.

HOW TO GET IT DUTCH BRAID

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Hair elastic

1). Start by taking a section of hair at the top of your head and splitting it into three equal pieces. Begin braiding by taking the left piece under the middle piece and the right piece under the left (now middle) piece.

2). Bring the left piece under the middle again, and add in a small section of hair from the left side.

3). Continue on the right, bringing the right piece under, and adding in a small section of hair from the right-hand side. This way you’ll keep forming a reverse braid, but adding in sections of hair underneath as you go.

4). Continue down the back of your head, adding in equal sections of hair to your braid.

5). Once all your hair is added, finish in a reverse braid and secure the end with a hair elastic.

TOP TIP : This braid takes some practice, but you’ll actually find it will hold in your hair longer than a French braid because the layers don’t need to reach over the top. The Dutch braid looks best when it has been stretched out. You can see the shape better, and it gives the impression of thicker hair.

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