A Beginner-Friendly Tutorial on How to Dutch Braid
Whether you call it a Dutch braid, boxer braids, or a reverse braid, this style of braiding can be challenging. Unlike a traditional French braid, which is your traditional three-strand braid, a Dutch braid weaves the hair underneath the sections of hair and creates a 3-D or raised appearance.
Anyone with any hair type can do a Dutch braid. Once you learn how to master the skill, the options for hairstyles are endless. You can do braided updos, traditional boxer braids, and so much more. If you've always wanted to learn how to Dutch braid but were intimidated, allow us to help break it down. In an attempt to create the most straightforward step-by-step guide, we scoured the internet for Dutch braid tutorials, so you don't have to. Ahead, here's an easy five-step tutorial on how to dutch braid hair.
How to do a Dutch braid
Step 1: Brush your hair
Whether you're braiding with dry or damp hair, the most important part before doing any braid is brushing out the knots. This will help keep the three strands that you'll create later on from getting tangled with the rest of the hair.
Step 2: Part the hair
Next, using a comb with a fine tail, create a center part from the top of the head down the nape of the neck. Once you've mastered how to Dutch braid, you can get creative with how you part the hair. However, if you're a beginner, this method will be the easiest way because it evenly distributes the hair, so you're working with two equal parts. It also gives you two opportunities to master the look — practice makes perfect. The center part will offer that traditional boxer braids look too.
Step 3: Grab three small pieces of hair
Now, for the fun part. It's time to start braiding. Tie the half of hair you aren't working with into a bun to get it out of the way. To begin, section a piece of hair at the very front of your head and split it into three equal parts.
Once you have three sections, place the front piece of hair underneath the middle section of hair. Then, with the new middle section, take the back section of hair and place it underneath the middle section. You're going to repeat this one more time, continuing to weave the strands underneath the middle section.
After doing this pattern two times, you've created the top of your braid, which means now it's time to start grabbing additional hair — that's the next step.
Editor's tip: If you're someone with fine, silky hair that doesn't hold, you may want to use a hair pomade to add some grip to your strands and make it easier to braid.
Step 4: Repeat the pattern
Adding hair to your Dutch braid is the trickiest part of this braiding technique. However, to do that, it's all about grabbing additional pieces of hair to the outside sections. Starting with the back section, pick up some loose hair and combine it with the back piece to create a new section of hair. Weave that back section of hair underneath the middle strands and then repeat this process on the front section. Pick up more hair and continue weaving under the middle piece.
You're going to repeat adding hair until you make your way down your entire head. Once you reach the nape of your neck and you'll end up with three pieces of hair to finish off a regular three-strand braid.
Step 5: Secure
Last, but not least. Secure the braid with a hair elastic, and you're ready for the other side.