You’ve heard of French braids, but have you heard of Dutch braids? The style is similar but just slightly different. (Think of it like knitting, with French braids being the “knit” and Dutch braids as the “purl.”) For these braids you actually braid the side strands of hair behind the middle section of hair, instead of on top as with the French style.If you’re scratching your head at what I mean, check out this numbered step-by-step tutorial.
Divide by Three
Begin by grabbing three sections of hair at the top, as you would start any braid.
Under Not Over
Instead of taking the side strand (no. 3) and putting it on top of the middle (no. 2), put it under instead.
Still Going Under
With one hand holding the hair from the previous step, take section no. 1 and put it under no. 3.
Grab More Hair
Just as if you were French braiding, grab another small section of hair (the “+”) from the right side and join it to section no. 2. When you then tuck the newly-added section no. 2+ under section no. 1, that will begin the steps again.
Since I was doing this for a photo, I didn’t pull TeamSugar’s hair too tightly. If you want a better-defined braid, hold each section secure to the head when grabbing additional hair.
Repeat and Continue
Continue the pattern of adding small additional bits of hair on each side to the outermost two sections. Remember to keep braiding underneath and not on top of the middle one!
See That Popped-Out Braid?!
Even if you do this loosely, you can still see that visible braid appearing to lay on top of the scalp.
Braid As Usual
Once you run out of hair to add on the sides, continue with a normal braid to finish up the style.
Now add a hair tie and you’re good to go!