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 braid 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:
Start on clean, detangled hair.
Brush hair thoroughly to rid your locks of any knots and tangles. If you wish to start on damp hair, wash hair with a moisturizing and strengthening system, then gently blow-dry till hair is at least 90% dry. We like the strand-fortifying properties in Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe Shampoo and Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Conditioner.
Apply some dry shampoo.
If you’re starting on unwashed hair, a dry shampoo can give the scalp a great refresh and provide a bit of texture and grit for a braid. We like the traction and body our second-day hair gets from TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo/
Comb through completely.
Ensure the product is evenly distributed onto hair by combing it through from root to tip.
Part hair down the middle.
Create your center part by splitting hair in the middle with a fine-toothed comb.
Apply some serum to the ends (if needed).
Braids can exaggerate the look of flyaways and rogue baby hair, especially on finer hair types. If you’re prone to halo frizz, we suggest a light application of serum, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, on the fringe, lengths and ends.
Start your double Dutch braids by doing one section at a time. Divide it into three smaller strips, as you would in a regular braid. Starting nearest your forehead or hairline/fringe area, cross the left section under the middle, then the right section under the middle. Next, grab new hair from each side and repeat the order, continuing the stitch as you move downwards. Grab new hair each time you complete a link, until you reach your nape. Note: For longer hair, simply continue the Dutch braiding stitch (left under middle, right under middle) until you reach the ends, without grabbing anything from the sides.
Tie off each end with an elastic.
Secure the ends of each of your double Dutch braids with a hair tie or elastic.
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