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How To Do a Dutch Braid Step By Step

Step up your braid game with this Dutch braid tutorial.

When it comes to hairstyles, there is arguably nothing more intricate and undeniably stylish than a braid. Of course, from French to 4-strand to waterfall, there are quite a few different braids you can rock to switch things up from the traditional 3-strand braid. Enter the Dutch braid. Here's everything you need to get this beautiful braided hairstyle.

HOW TO DO A DUTCH BRAID

The process of creating a Dutch braid is very similar to a French braid, with a few small tweaks. Follow these steps and begin braiding away!

Step #1: Brush your hair

While this may seem like a self-explanatory step, you want to make sure your hair is completely rid of any knots and tangles to allow for seamless braiding. Spray Inforcer Brush Proof directly onto your brush before pulling through the hair, starting at the ends.

Step #2: Grab a section of hair

Use your fingers to gather a section of hair from the front of the head that's the length of the forehead. This will be the start of your braid.

Step #3: Section your section

Separate the section of hair you've gathered into three equally-sized strands. Hold the right strand in your right hand, and the two remaining strands in your left hand. To keep the two strands in your left hand separated, hold the end strand in the palm of your hand and the middle strand between your index and middle fingers.

Step #4: Anchor your braid

The start of your braid is the most important. Braid your hair as you would for a traditional braid, but cross each strand under instead of over. So, cross the right strand of hair under the middle strand, then cross the left strand under the new middle strand.

Step #5: Add some hair

This is where the process starts to resemble a French braid. Add a thin section of hair from the right side of your hairline to the right strand of your braid, then cross your newly thickened strand under the middle strand. Do the same to the left strand, adding a thin section of hair from the left side of your hairline, and then cross under the new middle strand.

Step #6: Repeat

Repeat Step 5 until you've reached the nape of your neck, adding hair to your braid so that there are no stray strands once you've reached your neck.

Step #7: Finish your braid

Once you've reached the nape of your neck, finish braiding the length of your locks as you would with a traditional braid, with the exception of crossing under instead of over. Secure your hair with a clear elastic for a seamless look.

Step #8: Fluff your braid

Take your braid to the next level by adding some volume to your braid. To do so, gently tug and loosen the outer edges of the braid for a fuller look.

HOW TO DUTCH BRAID PIGTAILS

Want to switch up this look? Dutch braid pigtails are a super fun and trendy take on a childhood favorite hairstyle. Here's how to get the look.

Step #1: Part your hair

Part your hair down the middle into two even sections. Tie one section to the side with a hair tie.

Step #2: Section your hair

Grab a section of hair from the side you don't have tied off. This section should go along the part of your hair instead of along your hairline like in a traditional Dutch braid. Split this section into three equal strands.

Step #3: Start your braid

Follow the same steps we mentioned above to create your braid. Anchor your braid by braiding your hair once as you would for a traditional braid, making sure to cross your strands under instead of over.

Step #4: Continue your braid

Add thin sections of hair from either side of your head. Grab from the back of your head when adding to the right strand, and the front of your head when adding to the left strand. Once you reach the bottom of your head, start braiding as you normally would, making sure to cross under instead of over.

Step #5: Repeat on the other side

Tie your hair with a clear elastic and then repeat steps 2-4 on the other section of hair to finish your Dutch braid pigtails!

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