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wikiHow to Make a Dutch Braid

The Dutch braid looks difficult to create, but it's actually fairly simple. This wikiHow will show you how to make a Dutch braid. Start with tangle-free hair. It can be wet or dry.

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1. Grab a section of hair from the top of your head.
2. Split the section into three, equal strands.
3. Cross the right strand under the middle strand.
4. Cross the left strand under the middle strand.
5. Add some hair to the right strand before crossing it under the middle strand.
6. Repeat on the left side with the left strand.
7. Continue adding hair to the strands and braiding them.
8. Continue braiding until you reach the end of your hair, then secure with a hair tie.


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    Prepare your hair. You can use damp or dry hair for a dutch braid, but make sure that it is well brushed. Remove all tangles, and if you have many fly-away hairs use a spray bottle to slightly dampen it with water.
    • If you want your hair to be wavy/curly when you remove it from the braid, use wet hair to start.
    • Brush your hair straight back so that there is no part. If you want to create 2 or more braids, part your hair on the top into separate sections.
    • If you don't intend on braiding your bangs, brush them to the side at this point.
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    Gather your hair. Grab a piece of hair from the top of your head. If you want to include your bangs, start this section directly above your forehead. Otherwise, pick up a section from the very top of your head. Gather a piece ranging from 3–5 inches (7.6–12.7 cm) wide, and 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.
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    Split the section you grabbed into three strands for braiding. The Dutch Braid consists of intertwining three strands of your hair so this will be the base you start from.
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    Cross the right strand under the center strand.
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    Cross the left strand under the center strand.
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    Repeat the pattern and cross the right strand, then the left strand, under the center strand, whilst adding in hair.
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    Cross the right strand under the center, and pick up another small section from the right side of your head.
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    Cross the left strand under the center, and pick up another small section from the left side of your head.
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    Add more hair to your braid by picking up small strands every time you cross pieces under the center strand.
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    Continue the dutch braid to the nape of your neck.
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    Tie off your braid with an elastic band and give a light misting of hair spray.
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  • How do you get the braid to be so neat?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Braid slowly and carefully, always pulling the strands in firmly and tightly. The key is in not rushing. It may take a few tries to perfect the braid. However, it will become easier the more times you try it.
  • Is it possible to use straight hair? Or mid size length?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Yes. It really doesn't matter if your hair is straight or curly or long or short, the braid will still work.
  • How long does it usually take to do the Dutch braid?
    wikiHow Contributor
    It all depends on how good you are at Dutch braiding. If it's your first time though, it could take a while, maybe 20 to 30 minutes until you perfect it, after which you should be able to do it in about 10 minutes, depending on your hair length.
  • Do you have to start with the right hand side?
    wikiHow Contributor
    No, it doesn't really matter which side you start with, as long as you are following the pattern throughout the braid.
  • Can I still do a Dutch braid if I have short, thick hair?
    wikiHow Contributor
    It depends on how short and thick your hair is. The best way to find out whether or not you can do a Dutch braid with your hair is to try. If you try and your hair seems to short, try parting your hair in the middle and creating two Dutch braids.
  • I'm pretty good at this technique, but I always end up with and ugly pouffe wherever the braid starts. Any suggestions?
    wikiHow Contributor
    If you have a spare rubber band/old hairband, tie the very top of the braid after you're sure there's no pouffe. Then braid as you normally would and either leave it there or cut it off after you're done. This should ensure that your hair doesn't puff out.
  • Is this also known as the 'French braid' or is it different?
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    No, this isn't the French braid, and yes, it is a bit different. The French braid looks like the braid is covered, while the in the Dutch braid, the hair goes under the braid. It's a small but useful distinction.
  • How do I tie a knot at the end? It keeps unraveling.
    wikiHow Contributor
    Use a hair tie to tie in place. Don't tie the hair itself into a knot or it will get knotty.
  • I have thick hair, and it's always falling out of the braid. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Try straightening it completely with a flat iron to make your hair thinner and more sleek for braiding. Make sure to spray with hair spray after as well. Use bobby pins to hold the braid in place.
  • How do I control the strands of hair?
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    You use a hair straightener to smooth it out and to make sure there are no tangles. The hair will just fall into place.
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    • Braid close to the head, for a neat, tight braid; don't hold the sections far away while braiding.
    • Works very well on damp hair, especially if you love wavy hair, wear this braid overnight.
    • Learn how to French braid first, because the Dutch braid will become easier
    • If you sleep with it at night your hair will become wavy or curly in the morning.
    • Wetting the hair before you braid can make it easier for you to braid the hair.
    • You may want to use a simple, light gel on the hair to smooth fine hairs or flyaways. Bobby pins also work well.
    • Practice on someone else before trying on yourself.
    • Have fun trying new styles! You could even add colorful beads to it!
    • Before you do the braid try putting hair serum on your hair to give it a glossy shine.
    • Learn how to do all types of plats and braids before you do this especially French braids because that will make the Dutch braiding easier.

    Things You'll Need

    • One hair elastic
    • Hairspray
    • Rat tail comb
    • Bobby pins or Hair pins

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