Next up in my Braiding Basics series, I will teach you how to Dutch braid. If you can French braid, then you can do a Dutch braid. The Dutch braid is also known as an “inside out braid”, because it is literally a French braid, but inside out.
My first post in this series was on how to do a French braid, so if you don’t already know how to do that braid, you can find it here.
This braid is so simple, yet so different looking. It really stands out! I think you’ll love it as much as I do.
Supplies you’ll need: hairbrush, elastic, optional – spray bottle
Step 1. Start by brushing out the hair. Optional, spray the hair down with water (it will end up holding better so this is recommended if your little one has fine hair that slips out of a style or if you need it to last all day for school or sports).
Step 2. Gather a section of hair at the top of the head and split it into three equal sized pieces.
Step 3. Take the right most piece and move it under the piece you are holding in the middle, so that it becomes the next middle piece.
Step 4. Take the left most piece and move it under the piece you are holding in the middle, so that it now becomes the middle piece.
Step 5. Add a section of hair to your right most piece, pulling from the face up at a diagonal to where you are braiding. Once you have added hair to that right most piece, move it under the middle so that it becomes the middle piece.
Step 6. Add a section of hair to your left most piece, pulling from the face up at a diagonal (mirroring what you did on the right side) to where you are braiding. Once you have added hair to that left most piece, move it under the middle piece so that it becomes the new middle piece.
Step 7. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have braided all the way down the back of the head.
Step 8. Watch on your last section that you are adding in that it does not end up looking loose… if it looks like the last bits of hair that you added in are hanging loosely at the back of the neck, go back a stitch or two and add all that hair into that stitch so that you are pulling those pieces more up into the braid versus being pulled down. This will ensure that you have a tight finish to your braid. If this is at all confusing, I cover it in the video – so hopefully watching it will help!
Step 9. Continue braiding a 3 strand braid all the way down, then secure with an elastic.
You can go back through and pancake the braid (gently pull at the edges to get a softer, more full look) or spray with hairspray if you like. I really love pancaking on this style because it really makes it stand out and makes for such a gorgeous braid. However, I don’t recommend pancaking if your little one has very fine hair or is prone to having their braids fall out easily – – though you can try braiding it wet and then you might be able to pull it off (with the assistance of some hairspray).
Like with any braiding technique, there are endless ways that you can incorporate a Dutch braid into a hairstyle. You can do headbands, you can do pigtails, you can do a half up style, you can do a braid back into a bun – be imaginative and creative and have fun with it!
I hope that you’ll give the Dutch braid a try! If you do and want to share, I would love to see how it turns out for you! You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo onInstagram @hair_by_lori or use hashtag #HBLDutchBraid so that I can find it.
Thanks for reading!
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