Get in on the double Dutch braids hair trend with tips from this easy hair tutorial.
So somewhere between early last year and, ohhh, right this second, double Dutch braids suddenly became the biggest thing in hair braiding history. Now before we get crucified all over the interwebs, we shall preface that yes, the Dutch braid has indeed been around for ages before social media influencers decided to go to town with this look—in fact, it’s also the foundation plait for the cornrow, which is a trend rich in heritage, especially among the African-American and natural hair communities.
That said, double Dutch braids—as in, yes, pigtails—have seen a major spike in popularity since the middle of last year, when it suddenly became every celeb’s look du jour. These banana-bump braids swiftly became the signature go-to for style-savvy gals everywhere, with people praising the look’s practicality and supreme (and swaggy!) wearability, particularly in the fitness arena. This gave a whole other layer of versatility to the hairstyle, one that even came with a brand new nickname: boxer braids.
Breaking it down, the hairstyle is just a pair of Dutch pigtails built in from hairline to the nape then free-hanging on the mid-shaft and ends, depending on the length of your hair. That telltale bump comes from the particular stitch of the Dutch braid, which entails hair being crossed under the middle section (rather than over), resulting in a chain that’s raised outward instead of sunken in the middle. What this means is that this intimidating braid isn’t as hard as you’d think, because if you’ve ever done a regular three-strand braid or a French braid in your life, then you can do a Dutch braid too (and if not, we got you)! Scroll down and prepare to blow your mind:
Tutorial: Mastering Double Dutch Braids
Start on clean, detangled hair.
Apply some dry shampoo.
Comb through completely.
Part hair down the middle.
Apply some serum to the ends (if needed).
Tie off each end with an elastic.
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