How to Dutch Braid Hair: 5 Ways to Achieve This Style

Find out how to do a Dutch braid in five different, totally unique, totally trendy ways.


You’ve probably seen just about every celebrity wearing this fierce, distinctive look. 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 plait 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! Once you nail this Dutch braid tutorial, you’ll find it’s so easy, it’ll quickly become one of your favorite styles. Click on to see four different ways of how to do a Dutch braid and find the one best suited for you:

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Learning how to do a dutch braid is easier than you might think.

If you’re looking for a simple dutch braid style that gives you some cool-girl edge, look no further than Robyn’s easy video tutorial above. This style is ideal for creating an edgy off-duty look. Watch the easy tutorial to get the look in no time. If you’re still looking for fresh dutch braid ideas to try, scroll down to discover more of our coveted looks below.

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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 when 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 Conditioner (because, y’know, all that tugging). These formulas will also help moisturize your hair without weighing 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 on the other side.

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, and to keep your look intact for any summer soirées, gym sessions or boxing matches!

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This Dutch plait shows off your glossy locks.

We’re spoiled with so many choices on how to 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 then 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.

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:

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Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for TRESemme

Step 1: Apply hair product.

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 of your hair is curled. Lightly tease at the roots for added volume.

Step 3: Separate your hair.

Create a side part. 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.


Divide a small section of hair.

Start by dividing a small section of hair at the front of your hairline. Using your fingers, take a small section of hair from just above the crown and divide it into three equal sections. This will form the start of your braid. 


Start braiding.

Start weaving your tresses by taking the outer strand and pulling it under the center section. Take the opposite outer strand and weave it under the center, creating a braid as you move down the hair. Repeat this process moving towards the back of your head and down to the nape of the neck, weaving in hair from opposite sides of the braid into the braid as you go down.


Secure your Dutch braid.

Once you have come to the end of the braid, leave a small section loose at the end and tie it tightly with a hairband. 


The finished look.

And that’s all there is to it. You’ve now mastered a sleek, stylish Dutch braid. Bravo!