How to do a Dutch Braid: A step-by-step tutorial

Jeanette | 12 August 2016
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10 min Style Medium

Are you a bit of a Dutch plait novice? Not for long! We have a Dutch braid tutorial that will have you weaving like a total pro… 


Green with hair envy over Kylie Jenner’s super cute red cornrows or Karlie Kloss’ bold boxer braids? Whether it’s a Dutch plait or cornrows you’re lusting after, we have good news: you can recreate these beautiful braided hairstyles from the comfort of your own home. And first on the list? Our easy step-by-step tutorial on how to Dutch braid like an It girl. You’re welcome!

A step-by-step Dutch braid tutorial



Prep your hair.

Before you learn how to do a Dutch braid, brush through your locks to ensure they are smooth and tangle free.


Condition your hair.

Now that you have removed any knots and kinks from your mane, it’s time to start the braiding process.

To begin, section off three equal portions of hair from the front of your head (approximately 1-2 inches thick each).


Begin to plait.

Start weaving your tresses by crossing the left section of hair under the middle section, and then cross the right section under the middle section.

Repeat this plaiting process, remembering to pick up hair from the sides and adding it to your left and right sections as you go.


Pancake your braid.

Continue the weaving motion in step 3 until you reach the ends of your hair, securing your braid in place with a hairband.

And now that you’ve mastered how to do a Dutch braid, it’s time to really make your ‘do stand out by panckaing it. Simply use your thumb and forefinger to gently tug at each section and you’ll have a thicker-looking plait in an instant!


Final look.

And just like that you’ve completed this Dutch braid tutorial!

Now just finish off your braided hairstyle with a generous helping of hairspray, like the VO5 Classic Strong Hold Hairspray, to keep your beautiful braid firmly in place all day long!


How to rock a Dutch plait by Zoella

So now that you’ve mastered how to Dutch braid, it’s time to put your newfound skills to the test. And what better way than learning how to do a Dutch braid in 2 ultra chic ways, courtesy of the lovely Zoella?!

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Style It On: 2 Ways to style Dutch plaits by Zoella.

Look 1: The half-up, half-down side Dutch plaits

  1. Part your hair into a deep side parting, and take a 2-inch wide section from the front of the side with the most hair. Divide this into 3 equal sections.
  2. Begin to braid your strands (right under middle, left under middle), before picking up additional hair from each side as you continue this weaving motion.
  3. Once you reach the back of your crown, stop incorporating extra hair and simply plait until you reach the end. Secure it in place with a hairband.
  4. Create your second Dutch plait so that it sits just under your first one!
  5. To make your Dutch plaits appear thicker, you’ll want to pancake them.
  6. Now, to set your edgy half-up, half-down Dutch braids in place all day, give your ‘do a healthy dose of the TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Creation Hairspray.
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Style It On: 2 Ways to style Dutch plaits by Zoella step 10.

Look 2: Traditional double Dutch plaits

  1. Use a comb to divide your hair in half down the middle, creating 2 equal sections. Take a 2-inch wide section of hair from the front and divide it into 3 equal sections.
  2. Begin to Dutch braid (crossing hair right under middle, left under middle), before picking up additional hair from each side as you weave. Keep on braiding all the way to the end of your hair, and secure it in place with a hairband.
  3. Repeat the same braiding method in step 2, but this time, on the other side of your head.
  4. To help ensure that your braids don’t fall out or become frizzy, give your hair a spritz of the TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Creation Hairspray.


4 other ways to the Dutch braid for your next party


ducth braid tutorial for an elegant updo
The elegant updo. Credit:

1. An elegant updo

Do you have a wedding on your social calendar? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a pretty way to wear your hair to your next sophisticated soiree? Then this elegant updo is the answer to all your hair prayers! Credit: @haleynaulthair

Just create 2 Dutch braids on either side of your head, securing each one with a clear hairband when you reach the nape of your neck. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to turn your Dutch plait into an updo by creating a soft flower bun with the rest of your tresses.

To finish, gently pancake your plait and pin it in place with some bobby pins. And there you have it: an elegant updo that ticks all the style boxes!

How to do a Dutch braid with stud decoration
Stud-embellished hair. Credit:

2. Pierced Dutch braids

For all you punk chicks out there wondering how to do a Dutch braid, please turn your attention to this edgy ‘do. This studded look is the ideal accompaniment to your signature style, yet still has an air of femininity about it! Credit: @blowoutbeautybar

To get this wild child look, start by create a middle parting and begin plaiting your upside down Dutch braids. When you reach the crown of your head, twist the ends of your hair to create 2 space buns, securing them with some bobby pins. Once you’re buns are firmly in place, finish off your look by grabbing your accessories to ‘pierce’ your hair.

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Glitter zig-zag parting. Credit:

3. Glitter zig-zag parting with double Dutch braids

If you’re running a little low on interesting hair accessories, then it’s time to crack open your arts and crafts box and get creative! All you have to do is jazz up your braid’s zig-zag parting with a sprinkling of glitter. Credit: @estiloenlinea

This Dutch braid tutorial really is so simple, only taking a matter of minutes to complete! Just draw inspiration from the ‘do above and create a zig-zag parting before weaving your strands into 2 pigtails. Now dab a small amount of hair gel onto your parting and sprinkle on your colourful sparkles!

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Glitter roots. Credit:

4. Glitter roots

Need more sparkle in your life? Then, you’ll definitely love this jazzy hair idea! You only need to know how to Dutch braid and have access to large amounts of glitter to shine bright this season. Credit: @cornrows_braiding

Start by creating standard Dutch braids (we suggest 4 or 5) and finish off the look by piling on the glitter. It’s a great way to add glitz to your ‘do, while also being a sneaky way of hiding your roots in between salon visits!


Congratulations, you’ve just learnt how to create lots of stunning Dutch plait styles with our easy-peasy Dutch braid tutorial! Still not had enough braiding inspiration? Then check out how to do a braided hairband with our guide, here.

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