On Our Radar: The Dutch Braid Crown

A Dutch crown braid is a charming, Swiss-miss update to this über-popular plait.


One of our favorite braided looks this time of year has got to be the Dutch braid. It ticks all the boxes—super-trendy, campy and sweet, plus it’s also an awesome heatless method to achieve killer curls. But what if you’re in love with the look, but also want to stand out from the crowd? The answer: Go for a Dutch braid crown.

This look riffs on the regular Dutch braid stitch but affixes it onto the front hairline, all around the head, much like—you guessed it—a real-life crown (aaand jazz hands!). Read on to see a quick how-to on this upgrade to the immensely popular plait:

dutch braid crown headband
A Dutch crown braid is a rather unique twist on this popular stitch. Photo credit: Dvora

Step 1: Clean and/or detangle your hair.

Start with clean, knot-free hair. Either wash and condition with a moisturizing system, like Love Beauty and Planet Purposeful Hydration Shea Butter & Sandalwood Shampoo and Conditioner, or give your strands a refresh with a dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo. If you wet your hair, make sure to dry it with a blowdryer till it’s at least 90 percent dry.

Step 2: Create a side part.

Using a fine-toothed comb (or your fingers, if you want a more tousled, natural-looking partline), create a side part on your head. Comb through.

Step 3: Take a section of hair where your part starts.

Pinch a two-inch section of hair on your thicker side, and split that section into three smaller sections. Then take the left strand and cross it under the middle, then cross the right strand under the middle. Bring new strands in from each side each time you finish a link.

dutch braid crown with a middle part
You can start Dutch braiding from the hairline (as a built-in braid), or loop your plait around your head for an easier hack.

Step 4: Continue all the way around your head.

Continue your Dutch braid crown all the way around your head, remembering to take new hair from the top and bottom as you move across. You’ll eventually end up on the opposite side of your part.

Step 5: Switch to a regular Dutch braid.

When you reach the point above your opposite ear, that means you’ve run out of scalp! Switch your stitch to a regular Dutch braid, and secure at the ends with a thin hair tie.

Step 6: Loop the tail across your head behind your first braid.

Tuck the end in with a bobby pin to hide.

fully pancaked dutch braid crown
Tug at the sides of your links to “pancake” or fatten it.

Step 7: Finish with hairspray.

Smooth down any flyaways and halo frizzies with a spritz of a hairspray, like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4. This will also ensure that your style styles in place all day long.