There’s something warm and fuzzy about looking back on how we used to dress or look like while growing up. Trends are nothing if not cyclical, and we definitely get a kick out of showing the world the good ol’ glory days and how much things have changed—or in a lot of cases these days, how they’ve stayed the same! Whether it’s in the form of a dorky #tbt or bragging about how your personal style has barely strayed since day 1 in the sandlot (pigtails and dookie braids since ’91!) this is undoubtedly the era of the throwback, and we’re all embracing it.
Read on as we highlight the dookie braid throwback style and cool ways to wear the look today:
Dookie Braids: Our Fave Throwback Hairstyle
Yeah, you heard us—we see you, dookie braids, and we’re totally here for the un-ironic nostalgia! What used to be a natural-hair playground staple is now all grown up and making the rounds in the social media circuit. Albeit in a bit more refined, polished version (metallic accessories have now replaced those glorious, snappy candy-colored baubles of yore), today’s dookie braids however still retain their trademark thick plait with a bit of a taper towards the ends.
Hair Care and Maintenance
As with any protective hairstyle, dookie braids may be left in for around a few weeks and doing so requires basic scalp maintenance. A dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo, lightly sprayed at the root, can help absorb any excess oil and grease, and a hair oil or leave-in conditioner like Suave Professionals Nourish & Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner rubbed onto your braids can help provide moisture, protect against frizz and keep your braids shiny for all of the pictures (and there will be many).
6 Dookie Braid Styles to Love
1. Dookie Yarn Braids
Try the yarn braid style if you fancy braids with a beautiful and noticeable texture.
2. Long Dookie Braids
Want a versatile dookie braid style? Go for long braids that you can style in several ways.
3. Braid Charms
Add one or a few braid charms to your style to give it a fresh, new look.
4. Throwback Pony
Now this wouldn’t be a throwback style if you couldn’t re-live one of your favorite hairstyle moments. Throw your braids into a side pony just like the old days. Don’t forget the baby hair action. Sculpt into place with Suave Max Hold Sculpting Gel.
5. Square Parts
Go big or go home! Make a maximum impact with your look with a graphic grid.
6. Blonde Braids
Want a look the really stands out? Add blonde braiding hair into the mix to recreate this fun street style look.