Dutch Braids: A Complete Guide for Beginner’s

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Learn how to make Dutch Braids. You can carry braids in any style you want. When your hair is open or half tied up even if you want to make a bun or a ponytail you can carry braids in any style you want. Styles in which you can carry braids are also mentioned in this article, so if you are looking for styles and learn how to braid, This is the right place for you. Scroll down to learn more!

A French braid:

Take three strands of your hair and braid them together from the upside crown area towards the nape of the neck area by adding small strands of hair from the left and right while braiding down. Step by step process is defined and explained in the article so go on scroll down to learn more

Dutch braid:

It is also a kind of french braid but an inverted French braid. Take three strands of your hair from the upper side of the crown area and strands should be crossed under reach other, add small strands of hair from left and right under while braiding. You will see the braid standing up from the rest of the hairs at the sides.

What are Box braids or Boxer braids:

You will be a little bit shock to know that there are braids styles that are known as Box Braids and Boxer Braids. If we talk about Boxer Braids that are the same as Double dutch braid. However, Box Braids are a bit different you can see the photos below of Box Braids.

Boxer braids:

There is nothing to explain about What is boxer braids because as I said that Double Dutch braid is the boxer braids. I will attach a video below if you want to make Boxer Braids.

Box Braids:

As far as I know about Box Braids it is most popular among black people, they are the ones who go with the box braids. This is a style considered to be worn for a very long period and the reason behind this is to let your hair grow longer and this style will protect the ends of your hairs. Believe me, there is a history behind box braids. If you want to know more, please visit this link.

French braid Vs. Dutch braid:

French braid

The only difference is when you add a thin layer of hair to the strand from upside is French braiding and when it is done from the below side of the braid is Dutch braiding. The only difference is one is outward and the other is inwards. The detailed step-by-step details are mentioned below:

dutch braid

Steps to Follow:

Start with neatly brushed, dry, or damp hair:

When you want to make a braid of any kind/type, it doesn’t matter either your hair is damp, dry, oiled, or whatever. But it DOES matter that your hair should be detangled and free of any knots. If you think you got so many layers of flyaways on your hair, try using a serum or spray for a smooth look.

People who got curly hair should make braids on wet hair because it’s easy to handle them in that way. People who want to curl their hair via braiding can also make braids when their hair is wet and open the braid when your hair is dry (like let them dry before opening the braids).

Brush your hair straight back, then gather a section from the hairline:

Comb your hair completely not on one side. Brush your hair backward straight and Pick a section of your hair with your thumbs from where you want to start the braid. If you want to start your braid from the upper crown part of your head pick a section from there. If you want to start your braid from the lower part of the crown area pick or gather your half-up hair with both thumbs from both sides.

Split the section into 3 equal strands:

Hold that strand of hair which you picked and split that 1 strand into 3 equal strands. Let’s name the strands One, Two, and Three for your ease.  Cross 3 under 2 (Not over) and 1 under 3. Hold each strand in different fingers to keep them separate from each other.

Begin a standard braid to anchor the Dutch braid:

So now starting the braid is like following a simple rhythm over and over again and the rhythm is :

  • Left strand under middle strand then right strand over the new middle strand.
  • Add a small strand from the side of hair into a left strand and that new left strand under the middle strand.
  • Add a small strand from the side into a right strand and that new right strand under the new middle strand.
  • Keep on repeating the rhythm till the nape of your neck.

It’s important to keep in mind that you have to make braids while crossing strands under not over because that is how you will make a dutch braid correctly.

Add a thin section of hair to the right strand before crossing it under the middle one:

As explained in the previous step, Add thin strands from the sides  (add a thin strand on the right side and also add a thin layer on the left side) each time you repeat the rhythm. The strand you are adding should be thinner than the normal strands you are holding. Make sure it is going under the middle strand each time.

Continue to Dutch braid until you reach the nape of your neck:

The strand you are adding each time should be consistent in size. The braid shouldn’t be too loose or too tight, Just as it is comfortable to you. You can always loosen up the braid later on after completion of the braid.

When you reach the nape of your neck stop the braid there if you want and tie a ponytail, or either continue with a standard braid.

Finish off with a standard braid:

A standard braid in which you are not adding any strand and just doing your same stitches tightly and smoothly   Tie a knot when you have about 2 inches of hair left or where ever you like, it is totally your call.

Loosen the outer strands of the braid to make it fuller, if desired:

So I like loosening up because it works for me. If you want to loosen it up you can gently pull the outer strands and muss up the hair for a carefree look. Also, you can make a twist of your standard braid and make a flowery bun with bobby pins.

Style/Ideas in which you can carry braids:

A simple dutch braid:

It’s a simple dutch braid in which there are Loosen outer strands to make it look fuller.

Boxer braids

Double dutch braid: Boxer braids

Section your hair in two parts and make 2 dutch braids evenly tight (without loosening the outer strands) and tie at the end after standard braids.

Boxer braids

Double dutch braids with 2 ponytails: Boxer braids

This looks so cute. Section your hair into two parts and make 2 braids. Tie a knot at the nape of your neck and don’t make a standard braid at the end.

Boxer braids

Double Dutch braid with a single ponytail: [ Boxer braids ]

You can carry a Scarf style while braiding in any style. Here scarf is used as a single knot of two braids at the nape of the neck.

Dutch braid styles

Double Dutch with open hair:

Two dutch braids at the forehead part of the crown area till the mid of the head and then continue with a standard braid. Let other remaining hair opened up. You can either use a curling iron or straightening iron to style the rest of your hair.

Dutch braid styles

Dutch on the crown with high ponytail:

A loosened-up dutch braid on the middle part of the head and a high ponytail at the end. You can either use a curling iron or straightening iron to style the hair in the ponytail.

Dutch braid styles

Sides Dutch braid Half-up style:

Mussed-up style always remains in trends. Double-sided dutch braid on left and right both sides. You can either use a curling iron or straightening iron to give a messy wavy look to the rest of your hair.

Dutch braid styles

Side-swept Dutch braid style with open hair:

So chic style for people who got long hair or even shoulder-length hair. Must give it a try style while going out.

Dutch braid styles

Upside down double dutch braid with buns:

It’s an upside-down style that can be made with your head upside down and messy buns at the end. You can also make ponytails instead of a bun.  Section your hair into two parts and make two dutch braids upside down.

Dutch braid styles

Upside down Single dutch braid:

It’s an upside-down style that can be made with your head upside down and messy buns at the end. You can also make ponytails instead of a bun.

Dutch braid styles

Hair Band dutch braid:

A cool way to keep your hair away from your face.

Dutch braid styles

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