Dutch braids are versatile and trendy, they can be adapted for every hair type and suit every style. If you want to learn this braiding technique, or you are looking for hairstyle inspiration, keep scrolling to see the coolest looks.
Dutch Braid vs French Braid
One of the most well-known types of braids is the French braid. The technique shares some key similarities with Dutch braids. Both are three-strand braids that gradually add more hair as they taper down. However, they have some key differences. While French braids use an overhand weaving technique to create a smooth and seamless look, Dutch braids use an underhand method. You can think of a Dutch braid as reverse French braid, as the braid ‘stands up’ rather than lying flat.
Dutch Braid vs Cornrows
Dutch braids and cornrows have some similarities, as they are both created using the underhand braiding technique. This gives both styles a raised look, as opposed to the flat appearance of French braids. However, the key difference between these two underhand braids is the tightness and the volume of the plait. When braiding cornrows, all of each section of hair is braided in pulling the hair tightly closer to the scalp; meanwhile, Dutch braids are looser and have more volume. This difference is what gives cornrows their distinctive look, with visible ‘rows’ of skin. In contrast, a Dutch braid looks more like an inverted French braid.
Dutch Braid Hairstyles
1. Two Dutch Braids
One of the most classic takes on Dutch braids is the double braid style. Sometimes known as ‘boxer braids,’ these plaits start at your hairline and taper back in a diagonal direction. Sophisticated yet cool, these braids have an undeniably edgy attitude while still looking chic.
2. Dutch Braid Crown
Romantic and formal, a Dutch braid crown makes for the perfect princess moment. Like most crown braids, it has a traditional feel while remaining timeless. For that reason, many women choose it as their wedding day hair or for their bridesmaids. Try accessorizing the feminine, understated style with flowers or pearl accents.
3. Dutch Braid Pigtails
A more casual version of the double Dutch braids style is Dutch braid pigtails. The critical difference is that these plaits are looser, with less tension on the scalp. As a result, the braids have a larger and more consistent size, rather than tapering from thin to thick. Unlike other Dutch braids, you don’t need to braid all your hair. Leave the ends loose for a carefree and effortless finish.
4. Four Dutch Braids
Similar to two Dutch braids, the four Dutch braid style has a fresh, edgy look. However, while a double braid can. be plaited in a diagonal direction, four braids need to be woven front to back, with careful hair parting. The key to the style is ensuring your braids stay smooth and defined, so it’s essential to use a styling cream and maintain tension as you plait.
5. Fishtail Dutch Braid
The Dutch fishtail braid blends two stunning hairstyles into one. Start by braiding your hair into a loose side plait using the Dutch weave. Once you get to the nape of your neck, switch to a two-strand fishtail braid. The resulting hairstyle has a gorgeous boho look with understated glamour.
6. Dutch Braid for Short Hair
Cutting your hair short doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to braids! Because you start at your hairline and add sections as you work your way down, Dutch braids are a great style for short hair. They look edgy and cool yet chic and are a great way to shake up your style if you have a lob.
7. Dutch Braid into Ponytail
A simple way to dress up your ponytail is by adding a Dutch side braid to the front section of your hair. For a casual and feminine look, ensure your Dutch braid isn’t too tight. Instead, opt for a flat style that delicately wraps around to the back of your head where you can secure the rest of your hair into a ponytail. If you have short or mid-length hair, use clip-in extensions to create a curly, bouncy ponytail.
8. Two Dutch Braids with Buns
Braided buns are a classic style, particularly for festivals. Braids give simple buns a more complex and intricate look without much effort. To create the Dutch braids with buns, start braiding at the nape of your neck rather than your front hairline. Once you get to the crown of your head, twist the remaining hair into buns.
9. Half Up Half Down Dutch Braid
Half up half down hair is trending at the moment and adding Dutch braids to the style gives it a unique twist. Working with your natural parting, start the braid at your hairline. Next, weave your hair towards the crown of your head. To make your face seem longer, secure your hair into a high bun. Alternatively, you could try a high ponytail.
10. Braids with Extensions
If you have short or shoulder-length hair, adding extensions can give your braided hairstyle extra impact. From a single extra long braid to a half-up, half-down style, extensions allow you to get more creative. One hairstyle that stands out from the crowd is Dutch braids braided into a high ponytail. It gives a classic, elegant everyday look a modern and fresh update.
11. Dutch Braid Bun
Pretty and delicate, a Dutch braid bun is an ideal style for a romantic occasion. It’s popular among brides, bridesmaids and wedding guests, and is also an excellent option for your prom. Like other updo hairstyles, it complements dresses with a high neckline or statement jewelry like earrings.
12. Side Braids
For an edgy change, Dutch braids can be used to create a faux undercut or faux hawk hairstyle. Statement and cool, it’s an excellent option for a night out. Small Dutch side braids look very similar to cornrows, which also use an underhand weaving technique. Plait sections on both sides of your head, keeping tension in the braids. Next, build volume in the central part of your hair to create the mohawk look.
13. Braids on Black Hair
Dutch braids look fantastic on Afro-textured hair. Like other braiding techniques, Dutch braids are considered a protective style. While you can braid your natural hair Dutch style, many women choose feed-in Dutch braids to get long, defined plaits. Add accessories like rings and beads for a stylish twist.
14. Easy Braid
Keep it simple with an easy braid, Dutch style. To maintain the casual look of the braid, make sure you don’t pull the sections too tight. Instead, your braid should have a loose and bouncy look. You also won’t need styling products, as stray hairs and flyaways add to the effortless appeal of the easy Dutch braid.
15. Loose Braid
Dutch braids look just as beautiful in loose plaits as they do in tight, defined rows. To give your Dutch braid an ethereal look, pair it with smaller plaits or fishtail braids and loose sections too. The style suits blondes or women with grey hair or highlights, as the lighter sections show off movement and intricate weave of the braids.
16. Tight Dutch Braids
Small, tight Dutch braids are trending, and look particularly flattering on heart-shaped or oval faces. However, because they are braided close to the head, these plaits will make round faces look wider and rounder. To soften the edgy feel of tight braids, leave some small pieces of hair free at the front and sides to create wispy tendrils.
17. Dutch Infinity Braid
An infinity braid gets its name from the weaving technique used to create it. Instead of a three-strand weave, you’ll plait your hair using a figure-eight pattern that looks like the infinity symbol. A Dutch infinity braid begins higher up on your head than a traditional infinity plait and stands up instead of lying flat. You can continue your infinity braid all the way to the ends of your hair or combine it with a messy bun for a cool updo.
18. Braid with Bangs
A Dutch halo braid looks beautiful with bangs and gives a pretty, traditional result. It’s a cute hairstyle that will make you look younger and emphasize your cheekbones. Because it’s such a delicate and classic hairstyle, it’s ideal for a wedding, church, or a holiday like Easter or Christmas. Plus, you can easily dress it up with flowers or ribbons to make it even more special.
19. With Coloured Extensions
Colored extensions give your Dutch braids an unusual and eye-catching look. Rainbow extensions look great for a festival or summer holiday, while single color extensions suit every occasion. For extra visual impact, try adding the extensions in different sections, so your Dutch braids are varied in sizes.
20. Messy Dutch Braids
Show off the versatility of Dutch braids with a messy hairstyle. The look combines multiple different types of plaits to create a standout finish with a punk edge. Flyaway hair and spiky pieces add to the appeal of the look, so you don’t have to worry about being too precise.
How to Dutch Braid
If you’re a beginner to Dutch braiding, let YouTube expert EverydayHairInspiration show you how to master the technique with her simple step-by-step guide. In this video, she creates a classic two Dutch braid look, ideal for everyday wear or dressed up for a special occasion.
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