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Modern Dutch Braid Styles: How to Make a Dutch Braid in Six Easy Steps

Have you ever caught yourself looking at those gorgeous Dutch Braids on the internet and wishing that you could make them yourself? Have you tried it but didn’t get the results you wanted and ended up creating a regular braid instead? A Dutch braid is a popular kind of braid hairstyle. A dutch braid is a go-to hairstyle for many women whether they are going to a special event or just having a bad hair day. 

This hairstyle is often known as a cousin of the French Braid and the processes of creating the two are quite similar. The only difference is that for creating a French braid you have to crosshair under sections while in Dutch Braiding this is done over sections of hair. Even though Dutch Braids look complex, they are easy to make even for beginners. You just have to follow our easy step-by-step tutorial on how to create a Dutch braid which is given below. However, you need the practice to be proficient at creating this hairstyle.

6 Steps to get Trendy Dutch Braid Style

Before starting to Dutch braid your hair, gather all the necessary things. You will need a hand-held mirror to check the back of your head when you are done. You will also need a rat-tailed comb for sectioning hair, a brush, hair clips to secure hair, hair elastics, and anti-frizz hair spray to smooth out flyaways.  Also, dry your hair before braiding it. Otherwise, your hair can break or tangle easily. 

Step One: Brush out tangles

Center-part your hair and brush each side. Be sure to get rid of all the knots and tangles and then brush them towards your back. Apply smoothing serum or gel for any flyaway hair. 

Step Two: Section your hair

Take a section of your hair from the top of your head. Divide this section into three equal strands. Grab the middle and right strand in your right hand and the left strand in your left hand to keep them separate. For beginners, it is best to start off with a small amount of hair first as it is difficult to hold onto to bigger sections.

Step Three: Start braiding

Using your index finger and thumb, bring the right strand under the middle strand and then cross the left strand under that. You can start off with the left strand if you are comfortable with it. Just remember to cross the strands over rather than under. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get the perfect Dutch braid.

Step Four: Add more hair to your braid

Take a thin strand from your right side with the help of your thumb and index finger and add it to the right strand gathered earlier. Cross it under the middle strand. After that, add a strand from your left side to the original left strand and cross it under the middle strand. 

Step Five: Repeat this pattern

Repeat till you reach the nape of your neck. Keep on adding more hair from the left and cross under the middle followed by crossing more hair from the right under the middle. Do this, until you have no more hair to add from the hairline. Try to keep the strands equal in size.

Step Six: Braid the rest of your hair

Create a regular three-strand braid for the rest of your hair but cross the strands from the right and left side under the middle one instead of over it. Secure it with a hair tie and use anti-frizz spray for the stray hair. Usually, the tighter the braid, the better but if you want a more casual, carefree look and more volume, lightly pull on the braid from the sides. This technique is called pancaking. Don’t loosen up your braid a lot since it’s bound to become loose on its own after some time.

Now that you know the basics of making a Dutch braid, there are many variations that you can try as well. This hairstyle allows a lot of creativity. You can make an updo with a Dutch braid or create a side Dutch braid depending on your mood. You can find inspiration for creating different styles with Dutch braids on the internet. A few variations of Dutch braids that we like and find easy to create are given below.

Double Dutch Braid

The double Dutch braid is great for an everyday look when you are not having the perfect hair day. You can also sport this hairstyle during festivals. To create a double Dutch braid, part your hair down the middle and make two even sections. Then follow steps two to six for each section. This hairstyle is great for creating heatless beach waves too. Just make a double Dutch braid on damp hair and then go to bed. In the morning, undo the braid and presto! You have loose waves. Use hairspray to make these waves last longer.

Side Dutch Braid

This is another variation of the classic Dutch braid. It looks great on medium to long hair. For creating this braid, you need to follow all the steps of the simple Dutch braid mentioned above. The only thing you need to do differently is that instead of braiding your hair straight down the back, you have to braid it on one side.

Dutch braid updo

This is an elegant hairstyle for events. To create this, start off with a double Dutch braid. Then take each braid and cross them to the opposite side. Lift them up and then line them against the starting edge. Secure them with bobby pins. For a neat finish, tuck the ends inside your braid.

Double Dutch ponytail

This is another great hairstyle for different occasions. For this, create one Dutch braid on each side of your head till the nape of your neck. Don’t braid the rest of your hair. Just bring the two braids together and tie them at the end to create a sort of ponytail. 

Dutch braid bun

This is great for those who like to keep their hair in a bun whether it is a standard bun or a messy bun. To create this hairdo, make a double Dutch braid and tie the ends in a bun.

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Suhira Munshi

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance, Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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