How to Dutch Braid Hair in 3 Ways

All Things Hair | 11 April 2017

You’ve seen in blow up on social media, now it’s time to learn it for yourself. Find out how to do a Dutch braid in three different, totally unique, totally stylish ways.

You’ve probably seen every other celebrity rock this fierce, distinctive look. And no, it’s not something you play on the street with a jumprope, and neither is it the newest flavor of ice cream. Braid aficionados know Dutch braids not only as a reverse French braid, but also as one of the hottest hair trends redoing the rounds today. So much so that we immediately had to revisit how to Dutch braid and put together a tutorial for our readers, as this much-copped look definitely deserves its 15 minutes.

The Dutch plait, especially when worn Double-Dutch style (a.k.a. pigtails), keeps your strands completely and securely away from your face, with little risk of unraveling. This is perhaps one of the reasons why this braided pigtail look is so popular during the hotter, more humid, no-hair-around-my-face-please months.

This could also be why some female athletes, martial artists and boxers tout it as their unofficial ’do of choice in the ring, giving rise to the style’s slightly controversial moniker of “boxer braids.”

You can call ’em whatever you want, but do try and see what the fuss is about! Click on to see three different ways of how to do a Dutch braid and find the one best suited for you:

Dutch Braid Tutorial 1: Pigtails

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Going Dutch: Nobody puts baby (braids) in the corner.

Step 1: Start with clean hair.

When learning how to Dutch braid, keep in mind that these plaits—and most other kinds of braids in general—are easier created on residue- and grease-free hair (personally, we find that you get more styling traction on freshly washed strands). Wash and condition your hair with a gentle strand-strengthening system like Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Strengthening Shampoo and Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Strengthening Conditioner (because, y’know, all that tugging). These formulas will also help moisturize your hair without weighting down your locks.

Step 2: Prep hair.

Spray on a thermal protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Instant Heat Tamer Spray to help shield strands from damaging direct heat from your tools. Blow-dry your hair until it is at least 90 percent dry.

Step 3: Create a middle part.

Using the end of a fishtail or rat-tail comb for precision, section hair into two parts from the front hairline all the way around till your nape, as if prepping for pigtails. Clamp up one section for now—you’ll be working on one side at a time.

Step 4: Divide the loose section into three smaller sections.

Starting close to your forehead, begin to plait hair as you would a French braid, but cross hair underneath the middle strand instead of over it—this gives that ridged, raised-braid effect that is the hallmark of the Dutch plait. Remember to still incorporate small gathers of hair from left and right as you move downwards to keep the braid attached to your scalp.

Step 5: Continue all the way to the ends.

Switch to a regular three-strand braid once you go past the nape. Secure the very tips with a hair tie.

Step 6: Remove the clamp on your other side.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5.

Step 7: Pancake the ends.

Pigtail braids tend to get thinner as they reach the tips, so for a more uniform, Instagram-worthy look, gently tug at each plait to fatten it up.

Step 8: Apply some hairspray.

Mist some frizz-fighting hairspray, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold Hairspray, to help keep those baby frizzies at bay, as well as to keep your look intact for any summer soirées, gym sessions or boxing matches!

Dutch Braid Tutorial 2: Fat Solo Braid


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We’re spoiled with so many choices on how to do a Dutch braid, yet one of our favorites has got to be the simple solo braid. This version of the Dutch plait is a versatile stand-alone that, just like the French braid, can be worn to virtually any occasion.

Unlike the French braid however, the Dutch braid stitch, as mentioned above, is done by using the underhand process in which the strands of hair are crossed under one another. We love how this kind of results in a mohawk-inspired hairstyle due to its bumpy, center placement. Read on to check out an easy and simple way to create a single Dutch built-in braid:


Start on clean detangled hair.

Wash hair with Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo followed by Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner to add a bit of weightless volume to your hair.  Brush or comb through your hair to remove any tangles.


Creating the braid.

To create the braid, gather a section of the hair at the top of your head and divide it into three equal sections. Cross the right section of the hair under the center section, and the pull the center section of hair over to the left. Pull the left section under the center section, then pull the center section of hair over to the right. Continue to do this process until you get to the end of your braid.


Complete your braid.

Once you get to the ends of creating your Dutch braid stitch, secure the ends with an elastic band. You can opt for leaving the end out or tucking it in to create a cute bun. For the latter, slide in a few hairpins to secure the seams in place. Finish off with hairspray, like TRESemmé Platinum Strength Hairspray, to keep flyaways at bay and you’re all set!

Dutch Braid Tutorial 3: As an Accent Braid

Another braid trend we’ve been loving is the accent braid. This hairstyle is basically just a skinny version of your favorite braid—which in this case, is the Dutch braid—that can either be shown off at the hairline or hidden amongst the rest of your hair, hence its name.

To learn how to master this look, TRESemmé Stylist Tyler Laswell shares how to create some beach waves with a cool Dutch accent braid. Read on to check out his insider tips on how to master this look in no time.

Undone Waves with an Embellished Accent Braid

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Start on the hairline of your minor parting and snake around and down the earline. Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography
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Trendy hair rings and Dutch braids on a model during Miami Fashion Week, July 2016. Photo credit: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Step 1: Use some mousse.

Evenly distribute TRESemmé TRES Two Climate Protection Mousse through damp hair from roots to ends, then dry with a paddle brush.

Step 2: Use a curling iron.

Using a medium-size curling iron create loose waves at random until all hair is curled. Lightly tease at the roots for added volume.

Step 3: Separate your hair.

Create a side part on your hair. Starting at the hairline of the smaller section, create a Dutch braid that follows the hairline, going behind the ear to the nape of the neck, then continuing through till the ends.

Step 4: Lock in the style.

Finish the look by spritzing with TRESemmé TRES Two Climate Protection Hairspray.

Step 5: Add some flair to the look.

Embellish the braid by using a cool hair accessory, like a hair ring, for added flair.

Looking for more braided hairstyle ideas? Check out our collection of articles on braids.

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