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The Beginners Guide To Dutch Briads

27 Jun

How many times have you started with the intention of creating Dutch braids and halfway through realized you’re actually just French-braiding? If you hands are like mine they have been trained to go to French-Braiding. While braiding ones own hair can already prove to be difficult, reversing the direction of the three strands poses its own challenges. But with a bit of practice, you can commit to the reverse muscle memory in no time.

Well what is a DUTCH BRAID?!

Also known as a reverse braid (or sometimes referred to as “boxer braids”), Dutch braiding involves crossing the hair underneath sections versus over (as with French braiding).

I personally love it for when you are working out or headed to the beach to help protect your hair from the wind and sun! If you would be at the beach or pool or lake make sure you have a good spf spray from your hair to protect it! I sugguest doing the braid when you hair is damp or use some moisturizing hair gel! Or both!

This is a great beginner tutorial!

Step one: Start with center-parted hair and brush out any tangles. “It’ll make it so much easier to braid and feed hair in as you work your way down if there are no tangles,” says de Leon. “You also want to make sure your part is as straight as possible—you can use the bridge of your nose as a guide and follow upwards with a tail comb.” It should feel like the part is in the middle of the nape of your neck once you reach the bottom. Place a section of hair over each shoulder.

Step two: Grab three small pieces (about half an inch or less) at your hairline. The key point to remember with Dutch braids is to weave each piece under rather than over (basically the opposite of a French braid). The piece on the right goes under the middle, and then the piece on the left goes under that.

Step four: Once you reach the nape of your neck, switch to a regular three-strand braid.

Step five: Tie it off at the end with a clear hair tie for blondes or dark hair tie form brunettes!

Enjou! It’s my new favotrie for the SUMMER!

xoxo Meredith


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