In the ever-evolving world of hair artistry, there’s one classic that never goes out of style—the double Dutch braid. Its intricate look, versatility, and undeniable charm make it a favorite for many. It’s definitely one of my favorites. Whether you’re hitting the gym, attending a gala, or lounging with friends, this braid has got your back. Or should I say, hair? 🙂
Ever seen those fabulous photos on social media of celebrities rocking two distinct braids cascading down either side of their heads? Yes, they were flaunting the mesmerizing double Dutch braid. If you’ve been aching to replicate that look, today’s your lucky day. Sit tight as we walk you through this hair-transforming journey.
Brief History for Context
I know you want to hear about history of braiding, that why I included it 🙂 Simply stated, Dutch braiding is ancient. Some claim that its rooted in early African hair artistry. One thing for sure, it traveled continents and evolved over time. The “double” is essentially a modern take on this classic, dividing the hair into two main sections, each braided individually. It’s a blend of age-old tradition and contemporary style. It is not to be confused with a similar braid styler, the french braid. Check out the difference between the two braids.
- A trusty comb or hairbrush to detangle the hair
- Hair Clip for keeping big sections of hair apart
- Hair ties or elastic bands for securing ends
- Optional: Hair spray or serum for smoothening, bobby pins for flyaways, and maybe a friend (because two hands are great, but four can be better!). Also, If you are looking to take the braids apart a bit, I would recommend some texture spray or dry shampoo for grip. If your hair is too smooth the braid will fall apart if its not tights.
Double Dutch Braid Steps
- Prepare Your Hair: Detangle the hair, and/or spray some texture spray into the hair if you are going to add some texture to the braids. You only need texture spray if your hair is too smooth or freshly washed (dry shampoo will also work).
- First step: Begin by parting your hair down the middle. A comb or your long nails would be helpful here if you want a straight hair parting line. You should now have two sections: left and right.
- Starting Point: Focusing on one side first. Use a hair clip to separate the other half of the hair. Going back to the working section, divide the hair at the top into three smaller, equal sections.
- Braiding Time: Much like the single Dutch braid, cross the right hair strand under the middle, followed by the left strand under the new middle.
- Progression: As you move downwards, keep incorporating more hair from the side of your had into the braid. Maintain the ‘under’ technique, giving it the signature Dutch braid appearance.
- Tie it Off: Once you’ve braided down to the nape of your neck, continue with a regular three-strand braid until you reach the end. Secure with a hair tie.
- Mirror Image: Now, replicate the process on the other side of your head.
Variations of Double Dutch Braid:
Ah, the beauty of the double Dutch braid is not just in its classic style, but also in its versatility. Here are some popular spins:
- Messy and Boho: Don’t tighten the braids too much. Once done, gently pull apart or ‘pancake’ the braids for a fuller, relaxed appearance. This is where texture spray is a must.
- Updo Twist: Once both braids are complete, twist and pin them up at the back for a beautiful braided bun.
- Accessorize: Weave in ribbons, lace, or even flowers into your braids for added flair.
- Fishtail Finish: Instead of ending with a regular braid, transition into a fishtail braid for an extra touch of elegance.
- Braided Crown: If your hair’s long enough, you can wrap each braid over the top of your head, pinning in place, creating a regal braided crown.
- Videos of more double dutch braid examples:
Mastering the double Dutch braid might require some practice, especially if you’re new to the braiding world. But, with patience and persistence, it’ll become second nature. What helped me was to practice without a mirror (sometimes the reverse image can mess with you). Remember, it’s more than just a hairstyle; it’s a testament to creativity, history, and personal flair. So, the next time someone throws a hair challenge your way, double down with the double Dutch!