Many names have been given to the Dutch braid even the Reverse French braid. In fact, the Dutch braid is done very similarly to a French braid, except in Dutch, you cross the strands under instead of over. It might look quite complex to a beginner, but it is actually quite simple with practice.
A basic Dutch braid works on most lengths of hair unless you have very short hair; consider a double Dutch braid in place of a single Dutch braid. As shown below:
Steps To Make A Dutch Braid
Start with tidily brushed, dry, or damp hair. A Dutch braid can be tried on dry or damp hair, but it needs to be brushed free of any knots or tangles. If you have any flyaways, lightly wet the hair with water or tame them with a smoothening product like a serum or pomade.
- Plaiting wet hair is the best way to make your hair curly without using heat. However, the hair has to be left to dry completely before taking the braid out.
Brush your hair straight back, then grab a sect from the hairline. Comb your hair straight back in such a way that there are no side or center parts. Ride your thumbs through your hair to gather a portion from the front hairline. This section should be the same as the width of your forehead.
- With this technique, you can create a large braid down the center of your head.
- Instead of this, you can also gather your hair into a half-up, half-down ponytail at the eyebrow or eye level.
Separate the section into 3 equal strands. Grasp the right strand in your right hand, and the other 2 in your left hand. Set the middle strand wrap over your middle finger, and keep the left strand against your palm with your pinkie, and this way, they can be kept detached.
- You can start your braid on the right side. If you find starting from the left more comfortable, simply reverse all the following steps.
Start a regular braid to anchor the Dutch braid. Cross the right strand below the middle strand, then cross the left strand below the new middle strand. You must cross these 2 strands under instead of over, just like a standard braid. If this is not done right, the Dutch braid won’t turn out the way it should.
Include a thin section of hair to the right strand before crossing it under the middle one. Grab a thin strand of hair from the right side of your hairline and add it to the right strand. Treating the 2 strands as a single unit, cross them under the middle strand. Use your fingers to smoothen your way down any stray hairs and make sure that the braid is tight.
- The thin strand should be smaller than the right strand you are adding to.
- Some people find it simpler to cross the right strand first, then add the hair to it. Make sure that these added hair strands are going under the middle strand.
Repeat the same process on the left side. Collect a thin strand of hair from the left side of your hairline and add it to the left strand, then cross it under the middle strand. Suave down any stray hairs and make sure that your braid is tight.
- Again, you can weave the strand first and then add hair to it. Ensure that it is going under the middle strand.
Carry on with the Dutch braid until you reach the nape of your neck. Keep adding thin strands of hair from the right and left strands before crossing them under the middle one. Keep the thin strands the same in size, and ensure your braid is tight and comfortable for you. The braids can be loosened up anytime later. Stop at the reach of the nape of your neck.
Complete with a standard braid. Collect the remaining hair into the right, middle, and left strands by making sure it is distributed evenly. Finish off with an even braid by intertwining the right and left strands under the middle one. Keep your crosses tight and smooth. Tie the braid when you are about a few inches left or continue braiding down to the very end.
Loosen the braid’s outer strands to give it a fuller look, if you like. Start from the end of your braid, and gently pull on the outer strands to loosen them. You have to ensure that all the fine hair strands are tucked in safe to the braid. Your braid is going to loosen on its own throughout the day.
- For a special romantic spiral, curl the braid into a bun at the nape of your neck and protect it with bobby pins.
This style is easy to come by with practice and can be learned with time. Once you are well versed, you can try out a double Dutch braid, which is done by parting the hair into two.