Dookie Braids: A Playground Style All Grown Up

Dookie braids, a fun throwback braided hairstyle, is here to serve up some old-school charm.

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 long
Tied off at the root and then braided to a tapered end, dookie braids have that familiar ’90s feel that’s majorly on-trend today.

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).

1. Dookie Yarn Braids

dookie yarn braids: brown hair
Go for a thick textured version with yarn braids.

Try the yarn braid style if you fancy braids with a beautiful and noticeable texture.

2. Long Dookie Braids

Dookie braids: long box braids
Can’t go wrong with long braids.

Want a versatile dookie braid style? Go for long braids that you can style in several ways.

3. Braid Charms

dookie braids with beads
Add some beads to spice up the look.

Add one or a few braid charms to your style to give it a fresh, new look.

4. Throwback Pony

dookie box braids: ponytail
Do you remember this braided ponytail style?

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

Dookie Box Braids: square parts
Try a few braids with bigger sections.

Go big or go home! Make a maximum impact with your look with a graphic grid.

6. Blonde Braids

dookie box braids: blonde extensions
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Want a look the really stands out? Add blonde braiding hair into the mix to recreate this fun street style look.

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