We’ll be the first ones to admit that all of the complicated braided hairstyles on Instagram are not for the faint of heart. These beautiful and intricate styles can be a little bit daunting to take on, but the results are somehow both effortlessly elegant and on-trend at the same time. The 5 strand Dutch braid, in particular, is one of the braided styles we can’t get enough of. We found the best of the best stylists on Instagram and created this collection to shine a spotlight on these intricate 5 strand Dutch braid looks:
The 5 Strand Dutch Braid
1. Upgraded French Braid
Upgrade your classic French braid by opting for a 5 strand Dutch braid instead. Start this style at the crown of your head and bring it all the way down to the tail of your ponytail. Finish the look off by tying a strand of hair around the end of the braid and sealing everything off with a mist of hairspray. We suggest a stronghold hairspray like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Smooth Hold Level 2. This look was created by the talented Laura Gravina of @LaurasLookBook.
2. Wrap-around Braid
This wraparound dutch braid headband allows you to show off your length while still incorporating a braid into your look. Create a 5 strand Dutch braid that wraps around the back of your head, then use a curling iron to curl the hair that hangs down. Don’t forget to protect your strands and prep them with a protective spray like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Heat Protect Spray. Check out the talented Megan of @HolliBeauty_, who created this gorgeous look.
Consider adding a holiday-ready accessory like a vibrant red ribbon to your style. Brianna of @TheGoodHairDay created this beautiful braid and added a pop of red color to brighten up the look. Add a little bit of volume and breathe new life into second- or third-day hair before beginning this braid by spraying your roots with Dove Refresh+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo. You can also create dutch braid pigtails and opt for two braids instead of one!