April 10, 2015

Braid Class: Dutch Braid


Braids are a fun way to change up your normal hair routine or to hide a bad hair day!! If you follow me on instagram (EverydayK_) you saw that I recently went to a braid class at Blo, a local blowdry bar.  I have a grasp on the basics and was hoping to learn some new techniques at the class.  In an hour we were guided thru 3 braids, Dutch Braid, Fishtail and Waterfall Braid.  Today, I'm sharing the Dutch Braid technique. Look for later posts on the other 2 braids!


Dutch French Braid – the Basics

The Dutch braid is like a basic braid but instead of taking the strands over the braid when you cross them, you take it under.  This makes the braid look like it's sitting on top of the head instead of blended in.


Prep


You can braid hair when it’s curly or straight. Curled hair will add more texture to your hair. If you hair is slick and maybe “too clean” I add dry shampoo or texture spray to it. Spray it on your roots and down the hair shaft. If its dry shampoo, work it into your hair and then brush it out after a few minutes.  This adds some grip to your hair. If you want a bigger braid look, you can pull the braid apart (see below) and having a grip to your hair helps with this.




Process
  1. Take a small section from one temple to the other and divide into three strands.
  2. Take a strand on one side and cross it under the middle one, take the section on the other side and do the same and repeat once more. Now each strand has been braided once.
  3. Add a small section of hair to the new strand before you cross it under the middle strand, repeat on the other side.
  4. Keep adding sections of hair to the braid as you go.
  5. When you get to your neckline and have added all of your hair, continue braiding until you get to the end of your hair and tie off with a clear elastic.
  6. If you want the braid to be appear bigger, start at the top of the braid and pull each loop out a bit. You can play around with this technique and see what you like best.
 Once you have the basics down, you can get creative!
  • Adding less hair to each section will make the braid look more intricate.
  • Start the braid higher or lower on your head
  • Start the braid on the side of your head for a fun side braid.
Special thanks to my lovely hair model, Mandi!

4 comments :

  1. Happy Fri-YAY, love! I’m completely smitten with this look! I love braids myself! I will try out the Dutch Braid on myself! :)
    Wishing you a fab weekend, and thank you for being such an inspiration!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  2. Hair looks beautiful ! xx

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  3. Could you just do this for me every day? Please?

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