Double Dutch Braid Tutorial

Monday, September 15, 2014
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I learned how to braid as a kid and I have vivid memories of dutch braiding my friends' hair on the way to field hockey games in high school. I always really enjoyed it. There is something therapeutic about weaving hair into these styles, the tactile feeling of the hair in my hands and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful and practical. I still like to braid my hair sometimes before a workout. French and Dutch braids stay put and don't feel heavy on my head as I run or jump or dance. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a fancier style that's just as easy to create. This messy double Dutch braid runs diagonally across the back of my head and can be finished three ways. It's a gorgeous way to style your hair and can be dressed up or down to suit just about any occasion.

The step-by-step tutorial to create the double Dutch braid is after the jump. 

Double Dutch Braid Tutorial

For this hairstyle, you will need:

Comb for sectioning
Pomade, styling wax, or other texturizing product
Clips
Small hair bands

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1. After applying product, section your hair diagonally from a couple inches above your temple to the nape on the opposite side. The top section should be slightly larger than the bottom section. Clip the bottom section away.

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2. Take a small subsection from the top section and divide it into 3 strands.

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3. Begin braiding this section as follows:

Fold hair underhand each time for a Dutch braid.
Incorporate hair from the top section as you work down to the outer strands only.
Do not incorporate hair when braiding the strands closest to your diagonal part.
The rhythm will be like this: fold bottom strand under the center strand, incorporate hair into the top strand and fold under the center strand, fold bottom strand under the center strand, incorporate hair into the top strand and fold under the center strand, etc...

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4. Continue in the manner diagonally down until the entire section has been incorporated.

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5. When you have reached your nape, and the entire section has been incorporated, finish with a simple 3-strand braid and tie off with a small hair band.

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6. Braid the second section in the same manner except now you will incorporate hair from the bottom strands and not incorporate hair on the top strands, near your diagonal part. So, as follows:

Fold hair underhand each time for a Dutch braid.
Incorporate hair from the bottom section only as you work down to the outer strands.
Do not incorporate hair when braiding the strands closest to your diagonal part.
The rhythm will be like this: fold top strand under the center strand, incorporate hair into the bottom strand and fold under the center strand, fold top strand under the center strand, incorporate hair into the bottom strand and fold under the center strand, etc...

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7. I like my styles to be messy so I pulled each braid to loosen it and make them wider. If you prefer a cleaner look, skip this step.

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8. Now, push the braids together to touch and pin in place all the way down the length of the braid.

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9. Re-tie one hair band to join the two braids at the bottom and remove the other. Fini!

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Other ways to finish the double dutch braid:

Option #1

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Spiral the braided ends up into a bun and pin in place for an easy updo.

Option #2

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Tie your hair into a ponytail at your nape instead of braiding the ends.

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1 Response

  1. My cousin who’s younger use to braid my hair, I will share this to him coz I want to try your DOUBLE DUTCH BRAID Tutorial.

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