How to Dutch Braid // Braiding Basics

If you can French braid then you can definitely Dutch braid, which is the basic braid to all of my favorite hairstyles. I think that if you understand how to do this simple braid then you can create so many different fun hairstyles with variation. This is my first “How to” so I’m still learning how to teach a braid over the internet but I was thinking of doing a hair class teaching a couple of my favorite hairstyles that end up being super easy once you get the hang of it. If you are interested let me know because I will be doing a class in Vegas and Utah.


One of my favorite brushes I use to untangle my hair is the Knot Genie. It is pretty much a miracle worker because I can easily brush through my curly, knotted hair after swimming without it hurting or ripping out hair. I suggest getting one if you want no tears when doing your daughter’s hair in the mornings.


Step 1 // Start with nicely brushed out hair so that it’s easy to separate into sections. Just your natural hair is fine but if you want some volume then curl a couple top pieces of hair or rat the under layer. I am just showing the simplified version.

Step 1// Brushed hair
Step 1 // Brushed hair

Step 2 // Take three pieces just like you’re starting a normal braid at the top. I suggest taking a medium-sized piece about an inch or two wide each.

Step 2// Three strands
Step 2 // Three strands

Step 3 // Now when starting a normal braid you usually cross one of the outside pieces on top and when French braiding you add in a section of hair with it. Since we are doing a Dutch braid you take one of the outside pieces and instead of crossing on top, cross underneath the middle piece. Add in a section of hair when crossing underneath.

Step 3// Cross under
Step 3 // Cross under

Step 4 //  Next, you take the opposite outer piece and cross underneath the middle piece while adding in a section of hair.

Step 5 // Repeat steps 3-4 until you have added in all sections of hair. If you have done it right then the braid should look like it’s popping outward sorta like a 3D braid.

Step 4// Add in sections
Step 4 & 5 // Add in sections

Step 6 // This is a bonus step but I usually like the braid to be loose and messy. If you like the tight, neat braid then it’s fine but if not, pull each section of the braid and just tussle the hair so it becomes a bigger braid.

Step 6 // Loosen braid

TIP // You can make thin or very little braids bigger and make it look like you have more hair. All you have to do is braid more loosely and not pull each piece so tight so that you can pull each section bigger. It’s an easy trick especially for little girls who have little to no hair to work with where their braid turns out tiny. This makes it look like they have a full head of hair.

TIP // Another trick to getting a large braid look is to take big sections of hair when you add in. If you like the tight small braid then stick to adding in 1-2 inch pieces. But if you want the big braid then add such big pieces that you only end up having to add in 3-4 pieces of hair on each side.

Yay for a finished Dutch braid!!
You can easily create other styles with the dutch braid.


Annnnddd.. boom! You have the Dutch braid. It might seem a bit confusing at first because you’ll have the natural instinct to cross on top instead of underneath but if you really set your mind to it, you’ll get the hang of it. If you can master this simple Dutch braid you can easily add a bun to it, a side version, a full crown braid, a headband braid, a swirl, or many other hairstyles with this braid as the base. Hopefully this tutorial makes sense so that even someone like your dad could braid your hair (crossing my fingers). People will think that you are amazing at hair braiding but when it really comes down to it, it’s just a reversed French braid. Enjoy!!

P.S. If you can’t figure it out, try contacting me about doing a hair class or I can teach you one on one so that you can have fun on your own hair, a friend’s, your daughter’s, etc.

xoxo // Whytli Briana

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