How to Dutch braid your hair: a step by step guide
Most days all I want to do is shove my hair up into a messy bun (potentially having brushed it beforehand, but who knows), yet there are days when I want to feel a little more girly. Now, I've had standard braids down pat since about the age of eight, but French braids and Dutch braids have always eluded me. So, I made learning how to do them part of my 2016 'bucket list'. Which I'm pretty sure grows by the day, but I AM completing things ... eventually.
The difference between French and Dutch braids is effectively that the latter's plaits sit on top of the hair, whilst the former has it's plaits woven in a little more. I hope that made some sense! So, here's my little guide on how to do Dutch braids. Pre-warn: your arm will ache whilst you try to do this, unless you have pro arm skills (I definitely don't). Before you start I would recommend to ensure that you dry and straighten your hair. My hair's fairly unruly and without doing this, there are baby hairs flying everywhere and everything tangles within about two seconds of tackling it. I use the John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum to make everything a little smoother. If you want to know a little more about my hair care routine, then check out my post on it here.
- Ensure that you have brushed your hair thoroughly. Spray it with water, or a light hair spritz. This makes it a little easier to manage. Part your hair exactly down the middle all the way from the tip of your head to the base. Tie or clip one half of it up so that you don't get the separate halves tangled.
- This is the hardest step. Take a small section of the front of your hair nearest the scalp. Separate it into three sections with your fingers. Take the left section over the middle section, and then the right section over the new middle section. Then take a new piece of hair from the front left of your remaining hair and add it to the left section. Take this over the middle section. Take a new piece of hair from the front right of your remaining hair and add it to the right section. Take this over the new middle section. Repeat until all of your hair is included in the braid.
- Now you should just have the ends of your hair free. Continue the plait down to the ends and tie with an elastic band or hair tie.
- Do the same to the second half of your hair.
- Clip back the extra 'puffy' bits of hair and stray baby hairs to finalise the look as something neat and slick. Spray with hairspray to keep everything in place.