How To Do A Dutch Braid

It’s finally FRIDAY!  Thank goodness! We’re actually near Big Bear California right now and heading down to the Los Angeles area tomorrow for our family reunion. I’m so excited and we’ve been having such a nice time.  If you’ve never had the chance to go and you are outdoorsy this place is so beautiful! So much to do and fun for the kids. Knox is napping right now and everyone is down at the lake swimming.

So I’ve been wearing this braid a lot and I’ve had some people message me and comment on it so I thought I would do a little tutorial on how to achieve this super easy braid!  This braid has been one of my  top favorites because it’s so easy (just like the fishtail braid)! I remember the first dutch braid I did, my fingers could not figure out how to do it. They would go limp and my arms would be tired trying to figure it out and I just kept practicing and practicing and one day it just finally clicked. haha. If you know how to do a regular 3 strand braid then I’m hoping this will be easy. Instead of going over you go under. That’s what my brain couldn’t comprehend. 


Step 1.) Grab a small section in the front where your part starts. Separate into 3 strands.

Step 2.) The back strand is going to go  under the middle and then the front goes under the middle.

Step 3.) Separate a small section from the back and add to the back strand. Make sure it’s tight and cleaned up. Bring the back strand to the middle going under.
Step 4.) Separate a small section from the front and add the the front stand. Again make sure it’s tight and clean up. Bring the front strand to the middle bringing it under.

Step 5.) Continue steps 3 and 4 until all hair is combined to the braid. I like to make sure all of the hair is combined by the nape of my neck so I know it will all hold and stay together. 
Step 6.) Once all of the hair is combined finish your dutch braid down to the bottom. Back under middle, front under middle. 

Step 7.) After it’s braided all the way down I like to pancake my braid to make it look more full. It’s basically just tugging and pulling at the braid to make it look fuller. I usually do the bottom and the top of my head. By the nape of your neck where you should have ended the braid, I don’t really pull right there because I like for it to stay tighter so my hair stays in place all day. 

Step 8.)  When your braid is how you want it to look just secure it with an elastic. Some people like the clear elastics, I don’t really because my hair is so think they tend to break on me. If you do have thinner hair those will probably work better on you. I like to use these ones I pick up from my local Walgreens. You can skip step 7 if you like for it to be a tighter braid and just add the elastic when You’re done. 
Step 9.) This is optional. I don’t want my hair to have crazy flyaways so I just use this mousse to tame my hair and it holds really great! 

And you’re all done! 
I hope that was pretty easy for you guys and made sense.  Let me know how it works out for you and if you try this braid. 


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  • Reply Liz

    I keep trying to do this braid, but it just doesn’t turn out right! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I’m going to give it another try! It’s such a cute look!

    July 21, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      Thank you so much! I always had the hardest time doing this braid now it’s one of my favs!

      July 21, 2017 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply adriana

    This is beautiful!! I have never attempted a dutch braid on myself but now maybe I should haha! It’s gorgeous!

    July 21, 2017 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Sumer | Grace, Giggles & Naptime

    How cute! I love this braid! I so need to start braiding my hair more often, I am so bad at doing my hair though. I just flat iron and go! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!

    July 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      I love braids! They’re super easy and cute! You definitely need to try some.

      July 21, 2017 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    That’s so pretty! I haven’t mastered the Dutch braid yet, but I love fishtails and French braids!

    July 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Meredith ~ The Papery Craftery

    You made this look actually doable! My braids always seem to end up a bit wonky, but I’ll give this one a try!

    July 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      haha girl you should have seen my braids when I first started attempting them!

      July 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply D at Be you and thrive

    Oh….can ya come over and do mine?! Love it!

    July 21, 2017 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Amanda Frazier

    This is so pretty! I will have to try it!

    July 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm
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