Introduction: The Dutch Braid

I have been doing a Dutch Braid for other people since I was in my teens. However, braiding hair is something that I have been exposed to since I was a young girl. With spring and summer on its way, the Dutch braid is a trendy braid that’s perfect for feeling comfy and stylish. Many would think that braiding is just for females. However, Dutch braid isn’t specifically for females, it can also be for males with long hair. The feeling of having the hair out the face is indescribable, but it feels good. By following the listed carefully, the perfect Dutch braid is within reach.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

The supplies needed to make the braids are two small rubber elastics or hair ties and a brush. For the hair ties, it’s preferred if the hair ties match the hair. These items could be easily found at your local Walmart in the hair section. Remember, Dutch braiding for the first time isn’t going to be easy, but with repetition, it will be.

Step 2: Detangle

Before proceeding to start the braid, it is best to make sure the hair is free of tangles. By doing so it’ll make braiding easier. To begin detangling the hair, use a comb or brush to eliminate any tangles. Brush through the hair with the comb or brush and if it gets caught while brushing the hair, keep brushing.

Step 3: Split the Hair in the Middle

Next step is to part the hair into two. Start by splitting the hair from the top, center of the hair line. There should be a left strand and a right strand. To make sure that the braid has a clean split, secure the left strand of hair, preferably into a bun. If it’s in a bun, the likelihood of the hair getting tangled will be lessened.

Step 4: Section the Hair

Next, part the hair into a section to begin the braid. Part the hair diagonally; start parting the hair from the middle hairline to the middle of the head. After grabbing a section, it should form a triangle. Keep in mind, the section that’s been the hair into a small section, it will be challenging to start the braid. Grabbing a bigger section will be easier to work with when it comes to starting the braid.

Step 5: Three Strands

Secondly, take two fingers, go under the hair and evenly split the hair into three strands of hair. Hands should be holding the strands with hands facing palm up. Make sure that the strands are separated cleanly or it will get tangled easily.

Step 6: Over Middle

After doing the previous step, take the middle strand and bring it over the right strand. Check if the strands are cleanly separated. If it’s not separated, take your other hand and brush through it. It’s wise not to let go of the braid.

Step 7: Gather Hair Into the Braid

Next step is to gather the hair into the braid. Take a finger or a comb and place it at the temple. Now bring the finger or comb towards the hand full of braids. The hair that was gathered will then be placed into the right strand of hair. Double check for any lingering hair and be sure it is cleanly separated.

Step 8: Middle Out

The next step will be bringing the middle strand over the left strand. Make certain that the braid is tight. Gather the hair from the middle of the head towards the hand. The cycle then goes on, middle strand out and then gather hair into the braid. Remember, the first time doing a Dutch braid may not turn out as hoped for, but practice makes perfect. Goodluck!