How To Master The Double Dutch Braid + Looks You’ll Love

Ready to jump on board the double Dutch braid trend, but not sure how to work this look? We're going to show you how...
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We know the feeling: you see a stunning style out and about but have no idea how to DIY it at home. That’s when the FOMO sets in. But if you’ve been lusting over Double Dutch braid styles this season, we have some good news for you: we’ve crafted an easy-to-follow tutorial to teach you how to get the look!

Double Dutch braids (simply 2 Dutch braids worn in one look) are a fun alternative to the ever-popular French braid, and learning how to create them couldn’t be easier! So, if you’re ready and willing, check out our step-by-step double Dutch braid guide below, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

Step-by-step guide

Step 1

Prep hair.

Start by applying some dry shampoo to give your hair texture and grip for braiding.

Double Dutch braids: red haired model sprays dry shampoo onto hair
Step 2

Divide your hair.

Split your hair down the middle – or off-centre if you prefer – all the way to the nape of your neck. You can do this by using a comb for a defined line, or your fingers for a less-than-perfect look.

Secure one side with a hair tie or clip so it doesn’t become entwined with your second section. If you have bangs and want to keep them out of the braid, now will be the time to clip them separately. Now you’re ready to start the braiding process…

Double Dutch braids: red haired model divides hair down centre.
Step 3

Begin braiding.

Take a small portion from one half of your hair and begin to separate it into 3 equal sections. Ensuring that your sections are the same size is crucial, as this will give you an even weave and a flawless finish.

Okay, so you’re prepped and ready to learn how to create a double Dutch braid. To begin, take your 3 sections from the front of your hair and cross the right strand under (not over) the middle strand, then cross the left strand under the middle strand.

Now start to add some of your loose hair into your sections as you weave. Once you reach the nape of your neck you can choose to either leave the rest of your hair loose, or continue to braid until the ends!

When you have your first braid, begin working on your second section of hair using the same method.

Double Dutch braids: red haired model begins creating three strand dutch braid
Step 4

Seal your style.

If you want to tame any flyaways or baby hairs use the VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray, which will give you 24-hour humidity protection and an all-day hold. As for any short hairs sticking out, use hair pins to discretely tuck them away.


Double Dutch braids: red haired model with double Dutch braid sprays with hairspray
Step 5

Final look.

Et voila: you’ve created stunning double Dutch braids in 5 easy steps!

Double Dutch braids: red haired model with double Dutch braids final look


Stunning Two Dutch Braid Looks You’ll Want To Try Out

Now you have mastered the standard double Dutch look, it’s time to give it your own personal spin. Don’t know where to begin? Below we’ve rounded up a bunch of inspirational styles for you to try your hand at, all of which will have heads turning left, right, and centre!

Double Dutch Braid And Bun

Rosamund Pike with her hair in a double dutch braid hairstyle
Rosamund Pike rocks her double Dutch braid ‘do the elegant way! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The best thing about the double Dutch braid is that they can jazz up any ordinary ‘do in minutes! While we love a high bun, the addition of 2 Dutch braids elevates this look, making it suitable for a formal soiree – leaving your tresses looking picture perfect.

Colourful Braid

back view of a woman with pink hair in double Dutch braid style
These pink locks are simply dreamy! Credit:

When it comes to colourful locks, we’re like a moth to a flame. And when those pretty hues also combine two Dutch braids, it just couldn’t get any dreamier!

Brush up on your braiding skills and you’ll be able to rock this chunky double Dutch braid look and show off your colourful tresses at the same time. Score! Credit: @shannonmariestyling

Editor’s tip: Create long-lasting braided hairstyles with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid BalmUse on damp or dry hair to add structure and hold to hair for braids that stay in place all day long.

Two Dutch Braids In Pigtails

Jadagrace with double dutch braid hairstyle
These cute double braids are worthy of the red carpet. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

These bold and on-trend double Dutch braids are a celeb favourite – and it’s clear to see why! We’ve seen this look on everyone from JLo to the Jenners, which means that this A-lister endorsed style is definitely one you should try out.

Tousled Tresses

back view of a woman with blue and green hair and double dutch braid style
This mermaid double Dutch braid style is simply beautiful. Credit:

We’ve fallen head-over-our-killer-heels for this stunning look, that combines two Dutch braids and tousled tresses.

This half-up, half-down style looks ethereal teamed with blue and green hair, while the wavy, textured locks help to give the look an element of romanticism. A great look to try for any stylish wedding guest! Credit: @asteriabeauty

The Updo

Saoirse Ronan back view of her hair in double dutch braid style pinned up
Saoirse Ronan wears her double Dutch braid style pinned up. Rex by Shutterstock

If you love all of your tresses off your face so you can really bust those shapes on the dance floor, then this look is one you must try!

Simply create your double Dutch braids as per our handy tutorial, then, once you get to the ends, wrap the 2 Dutch braids over one another at the nape of your neck and secure in place with bobby pins. Perfection! 

The Combo Braid

back view of a woman with blonde hair and double dutch braid style with fishtail braid
Mix it up with mini fishtail braids worked in. Credit:

So you’re a big fan of the double Dutch braid look, but you also love twists… what’s a girl to do? Why, combine both of course! We’re loving this beautiful look that starts off with thick and full Dutch braids, then transitions into a section of mini twists.

The three sections have had hair wrapped around them to create this triple twist look, with the ‘do finally ending with plenty of texture thanks to the wavy ends. It’s oh-so pretty and guaranteed to keep hair boredom at bay. Credit: @michaelgrayhair

Two Dutch braids In One

Adriana Lima with her brown hair in Double Dutch braids
Adriana Lima looks cool and sporty with her double Dutch braid ‘do. Rex by Shutterstock

Want to nail the double Dutch braid look like Adriana Lima? Of course you do! Then begin your braids as close to your forehead as possible, making sure your braiding is super-tight and close against your head.

Once you’ve created your braids on either side of your head, make the two Dutch braids meet and then merge them into one single plait. With this ‘do you’ll look like one serious #girlboss.

Textured Pigtails

back view of a woman with double dutch braid style into low pigtails
Low pigtails and braids is simply perfection! Credit:

How pretty is this influencer-approved look?! Once you’ve completed your double Dutch braid style at the top, make sure to pancake your strands to flatten the braid, creating the appearance of fuller locks.

Next secure your braids and wrap a small section of hair around the base, to hide any hairbands. Grab your tongs and create loose waves in your pigtails for a totally boho-chic finish! Credit: @yesfira

Blonde Hair, Dark Roots

side view of a woman with blonde hair in double dutch braid style
We’re loving the contrasting blonde locks and dark roots. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re currently rocking darker roots, we’ve got good news! These two Dutch braids will really give your hair colour a trendy edge, while showcasing your killer blonde locks and contrasting dark roots. We think this look is totally fierce and a great style to rock on your next holiday.

Dutch Meets Fishtail

back view of a woman with double Dutch braids, blonde hair and a fishtail braid
Try merging 2 Dutch braids into a fishtail. Credit:

These double Dutch braids are full and fabulous and you can certainly recreate the look by keeping your plaits looser, while taking larger sections of hair.

Once finished, pull the strands to flatten them, creating this full braided look. Next merge your Dutch braids into a single fishtail braid to complete the look, giving it that extra ‘wow’ factor. Credit: @braidsbypetra

Rapunzel Braids

back view of a woman with long blond hair in a double dutch braid style
We’re loving this extra chunky Double dutch braid style. Credit:

If you’ve got enviably long, thick locks (or extensions) why not try this stunning look. The main thing to notice here is that unlike other braid styles, there’s not much transition between the size of the braid from the crown all the way down towards the ends.

Recreate this by taking large sections of hair, about the same size, each time you add in new hair to your double Dutch braid. Once completed, you’ll have a look that Rapunzel herself would be mighty proud of! Credit: @hairbyjoel

Sleek Braids

 Charisse Mills with her hair dyed blonde in double dutch braid style
Keep your braids tight and neat like Charisse Mills. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

By keeping your tresses totally frizz-free and braiding your hair until it’s super sleek, your double Dutch braids will be the focus of your party-ready look.

We love this style for those times when you want your tresses to be off your face, but you also want your hair to look interesting and stylish. This is a ready-for-anything hairstyle that will be your new go-to look.


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