How to master dutch braids

The text reads 'How to do a Dutch Braid' and the background is a model with their wavy black hair in a Dutch Braid.The text reads 'How to do a Dutch Braid' and the background is a model with their wavy black hair in a Dutch Braid.

Exude plaited perfection with a super cool, easy-to-achieve set of Dutch braids. This free-spirited hairstyle is an easy way to add a bohemian touch to whatever your plans are. It is perfect for poolside primps, weekend errand runs, and dialing up for low-key events and weddings.

So before we get started, let's start from the beginning. What exactly is a Dutch braid?

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A Dutch braid, also known as a reverse braid or boxer braid, involves crossing the hair underneath the three sections of your braid, as opposed to over, as you would with French braiding.

 Dutch braids are commonly proven to have more difficulty mastering than French braids. With this in mind, we have made our step-by-step Dutch braid tutorial to help you nail down the classic but chic look.

The left image shows someone French Braiding hair. The right image is the finished product and the model has two French Braids.

Dutch Braids vs French Braids- Is There a Difference?

While you may think Dutch and French braids are the same, there are a few key differences.

Firstly, with a French braid, you are crossing sections of hair over one another, and with a Dutch braid, you will be crossing them underneath (as noted above).

Due to the differences in technique, the Dutch braid gives a 3D impression, whereas the French braid sits at more of a smooth flat appearance.

Dutch Braids Step-By-Step Guide

What You Will Need

To secure the ultimate Dutch braid hairstyles, you will need the following:

  • Hair Gel or Hair Pomade
  • CLOUD NINE Luxury Paddle Brush
  • Fine Tail Comb
  • Clear Hair Ties

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Now you’ve gathered your equipment, you’re ready to learn how to do a Dutch braid.

For optimum results, we recommend carrying out this style on day two or three hair - freshly washed hair can make this a little more tricky due to extra flyaways.

  1. Using the CLOUD NINE Luxury Paddle Brush, brush through your whole hair, making sure to get rid of any knots or tangles.
  2. Once combed through, begin by sectioning your hair using a fine tail comb - create a centre parting all the way to the bottom of your head.
  3.  Using a hair tie, tie one side up, to keep it out of the way.
  4. At the top of your crown on the other side, create a triangle section and split it into three. Remember, to create a Dutch braid, we must begin the technique under rather than over.
  5.  Begin by passing the inner strand of hair under the middle strand.
  6. Take the outer trang and pass it under the middle strand.
  7. As you would a French braid, begin adding a small section of hair to the strands before passing under. Take your time to ensure it is neat and evenly distributed.
  8. Continue the previous steps passing hair into the braid each time.
  9. Once you are at the bottom, secure with a hair tie.
  10.  Repeat on the other side.

*Top tip: Try your best to keep your sections as tight as possible in order to create a more defined braid. If you want to create a softer feathery style braid, pull out the edges of the braid for a looser finish.*

 Don’t worry if you can't get the hang of it the first time practice always makes perfect!

And there you have it, your ultimate guide to achieving a gorgeous Dutch braid, happy styling.