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

All Things Hair | 10 March 2019
How to dutch braid: Back view of a brunette with her hair in a Dutch braid, against a blue background
15 mins Style Easy

Similar to a French braid, Dutch braids are created by adding in more hair as you plait. However, instead of crossing the strands over each other, you cross them underneath instead to create a 3D effect.

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 learn how to do a Dutch braid from the comfort of your own home.

Whatever name you call them by, Dutch braids are an undisputed Instagram (and festival) fave. Topped with glitter roots for a party-perfect update or plaited tightly to wear to the gym, this multi-tasking look is a styling essential.

Don’t fear though, whilst they might look tricky to master by yourself, the truth is, learning how to do a Dutch braid couldn’t be simpler. Master the style in no time with our simple step-by-step guide below and how-to video above. Plus, keep scrolling for extra styling inspo once you’re a certified plaiting pro…

How to do a Dutch braid

How to dutch braid: Photo of a brunette girl applying dry shampoo to her hair, against a blue background

Start with dry shampoo.

Start with dry hair and spray the TONI&GUY Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo all over your locks.

This will give the hair grip and texture, making the braid last longer. 

How to dutch braid: Brunette girl holding up sections of her hair at the front, against a blue background

Divide a small section of hair.

Using your fingers, take a small section of hair from just above the crown and divide it into three equal sections.

This will form the start of your braid. 

How to dutch braid: Back view of a brunette girl plaiting her hair into a Dutch braid, wearing a jumper with rainbow stripes and standing against a blue background

Start braiding.

Start weaving your tresses by taking the outer strand and pulling it under the centre section. 

Take the opposite outer strand and weave it under the centre, creating a plait as you move down the hair. 

Repeat this process moving towards the back of your head and down to the nape of the neck, weaving in hair from opposite sides of the braid into the braid as you go down. 

How to do a dutch braid: Side profile of a brunette girl tying a plait at the bottom of her hair, standing against a blue background

Secure your Dutch braid.

Once you have come to the end of the braid, leave a small section loose at the end and tie it tightly with a hairband. 

How to dutch braid: Back view of a brunette girl with a Dutch braid hairstyle spraying her hair with hairspray

Set the look with hairspray.

Double check in a mirror that the braid looks exactly how you want it to and then set the style in place with the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

Mist the hair from front to back, smoothing down any loose ends or frizz as you go.

How to dutch braid: Close-up shot of a brunette girl with a Dutch braid holding the end of her plait, wearing a blue denim jacket and standing against a blue background

The finished look.

And that’s all there is to it. You’ve now mastered a sleek, stylish Dutch braid. Bravo, ladies! 


Mastered how to do a Dutch braid? Here are 3 other ways to rock the style 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 your buns are firmly in place, finish off your look by grabbing your accessories to ‘pierce’ your hair.

How to dutch braid: Close-up Instagram shot of a woman with copper hair with glitter roots in Dutch braid cornrows
Glitter roots. Credit:

3. 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!


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