The Dutch Braid

The dutch braid. The “under” braid. The reverse french braid. There are a bunch of names for this braiding technique. 
Basically, it’s a french braid created on top of the hair, instead of underneath. And it’s not much more complicated than a french braid. 
When I was learning to braid, I taught myself this way first, and then had to take more time to learn the classic french braid. 

Here is the tutorial for you! 

(don’t count the ## of times I say the word “under”. It’s just too many.)

The Double Bun tutorial I mention in the video can be found here

Shirt: Target, Mossimo

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Comments (103)

  1. Posted June 11, 2012

    This is such a sweet hairstyle 🙂 I love the earrings!


  2. Coree says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    Your tutorials are always so great! Thank you for sharing another cute hair tip!

  3. Melinda says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    I’m dutch, so I guess I should try it…right?!!;)

  4. Angie says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    Super cute! I have never done my braids under… but i like yours! 🙂 Fun for summer!

  5. Jamie says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    Too cute!!! I love the color of your eyeshadow. What brand and color is it? Love your blog!!!

  6. Posted June 11, 2012

    Love it! Can’t wait to try it!!

  7. Amy says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    Beautiful! Do you have any tips on side-braids + ponytails? Sometimes I think they look too sporty and I would love to create a more elegant look.

    • Kate says
      Posted June 11, 2012

      check my hair tutorial page for other tutorials!

  8. Lauren says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    thank you so much for this tutorial! i have been dying to know how to dutch braid. this helped a ton. 🙂

  9. Anonymous says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    I love the earrings. I would like to order these earrings but I am only able to wear super light earrings. Would you say these are light? Or more on the heavy side?

  10. Posted June 11, 2012

    Watching this made me realize that I braid my hair the “wrong” way every time! This is the only way I can braid my own hair!

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    Posted June 11, 2012

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  12. Kacie says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    I just started doing the dutch braid in my hair a couple weeks ago. It felt so weird to go under instead of over but I’m starting to get the hang of it now. Your hair looks great as always!

  13. Scarlet says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    I just love you, I am pretty good at doing my hair, but your tips and tricks ensure my hair comes out perfect every time instead of every other time.

  14. Michelle says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    This was how I learned to braid too! Except I’ve never been able to “reverse” braid on myself…Just others. This video makes sense though!

  15. Posted June 11, 2012

    this is just so adorable (L)love your hair!

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  16. Posted June 11, 2012

    thank you for this! I have never known how to do this braid (only traditional French braid), I must try this out today. 🙂

    Lindsay @

  17. Posted June 11, 2012

    This is a lovely hairstyle – I think I might be able to manage it too 🙂


  18. Anonymous says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    Hi Kate, this is a cute style, going to give it a try, with the hot weather, great way to wear your hair down and keep bangs at bay. I would like to know how you get that “piecey” look at your crown area? Mine has a tendancy to to look too smooth. I use the Aquage Uplifting Foam, but wondering if I’m not using enough in my crown area?
    Thank you,

  19. Maria says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    I’m gonna give it a try! Thanks 😉

  20. Anonymous says
    Posted June 11, 2012

    I braid this way on others and can’t figure out how to reverse it!! But on myself, I do a traditional french braid! Hopefully with this tutorial, I will be able to switch!

  21. Posted June 12, 2012

    Love that braid!

  22. Anonymous says
    Posted June 12, 2012

    I love your tutorials, you ROCK! Can I put a request in for more hair styles done on straight hair? Some times I’m just too lazy to curl first.

    • Kate says
      Posted June 12, 2012

      Oftentimes you don’t need to curl before doing the style. Like this one! Can be done on straight or curly hair!

  23. Louise says
    Posted June 12, 2012

    I love your hair! The braid looks so sweet & feminine w/the loose curls 🙂

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

  24. Rubiiee says
    Posted June 12, 2012

    You are so talented with braids!

  25. Jenna says
    Posted June 12, 2012

    This is the way I learned to braid at first too! I love to throw my bangs in this braid when they’re annoying me!

  26. Posted June 12, 2012

    Very nice tutorial! Thank You!

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    Posted June 12, 2012

    Love your tutorials Kate! Can you do a video on how to use/insert bobby pins? Sounds silly but my hair is thick and I have a hard time getting them to stay & hiding them. Thanks!!! Missy

  29. Anonymous says
    Posted June 12, 2012

    Love the braid….can you please show us your hair straightened at this new length

  30. Posted June 13, 2012

    OMG .. I am cutting my hair bc I am obsessed with your hair! lol Would all these Do’s work on thin fine hair as well?

  31. Anonymous says
    Posted June 13, 2012

    Whenever I braid my hair, for some reason you can’t really see the braid happen until after maybe an inch and 1/2 down…. I always thought it was because my hair is fine, but is there something I’m doing wrong?

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    I did this to my bangs today and i LOVED it! Thank you so much for posting all these helpful hair tutorials. I am so glad I found your blog… you have helped me faster many hair styles in a short period of time. Again, thank you!

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