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.