Braiding Hair: How To Do Dutch Braids
- Regal: Blogger Rana Demir crowns her look with the Dutch braid hairstyle
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Braided hairdos are especially popular right now – and we present the best of them. This time around, the topic is Dutch braids. No worries about too much finesse or complicated braiding techniques – once you get the knack for it, this braided hairstyle is as simple as it is ingenious. We explain everything you need to know about Dutch braids, including the braiding technique
Braids have shed their little girl image. In the meantime, they have made a permanent place for themselves on the heads of the world’s fashionistas. Why are braids so popular again today? There are many reasons. Above all, the eye-catcher effect and versatility account for the success of this evergreen hair styling option. French, herringbone, feather or lace braid... Braided hairdos feature a wide variety of braiding techniques and styles. So how do you decide? Just follow our recommendation. Try as many as possible! How about Dutch braids for instance? They are extremely trendy right now!
What Are Dutch Braids?
- 3D effect: Dutch braids always look somewhat raised thanks to the special braiding technique
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Dutch braids look like they have been set on top of the hair. They clearly stand out from the head and look more voluminous than classic braids. This is because they are braided similar to the French version – only the other way around. That makes all the difference: instead of laying each new section of hair that is added over the previous strand, the hair is braided from underneath. A 3D effect is the result.
As a quick reminder, here is how you make a French braid:
Dutch Braids, Step By Step:
Perfect braids require perfect preparation. To make sure the hair has good grip and hold, it should not be freshly washed. This ensures that the hairs do not slip out of the braid so easily. You can apply dry shampoo as well. This adds extra volume and gives your hair a trendy matt finish.
1. Comb your hair back and part off three sections from the hairline with your fingers.
2. Lay the strand on the right underneath the middle one.
3. Then lay the strand on the left underneath the middle one.
4. Continue with this technique, alternately laying the outer strands under the middle one from the outside, while adding more and more hair to the strands as you go.
5. When you reach the neck, simply finish the braid to the end, making sure to continue braiding 'from underneath'.
6. Finally, secure the style with hairspray and you are done!
Trend tip: You can use what is called 'braid pancaking' to ensure adequate fullness. In order to do so, slightly pull individual strands out of the braid after it is finished and has been secured with a hair elastic. That makes for great volume with a relaxed look.