Braids are beautiful, aren’t they? But we all have tried the basic three and four strand braids, so why not try something more interesting this time? If you are game for something interesting and romantic at the same time, keep reading! A while ago, while browsing through some of my favourite channels on YouTube, I came across a really simple tutorial of a Dutch braided head band by Abby Smith on Twist me Pretty! It really was so pretty and also so easy-to-make that I just had to share it with you. It’s perfect for parties and with the festive season going on, you can try it on yourself or on a friend. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right on the first try, because practice makes perfect. Good Luck!
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Step 1: Make a side parting in your hair and comb through to release any tangles. Grab a section of hair from the top of the larger side of your parting and divide it into three parts as if to tie a normal three strand braid.
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Step 2: Start making a normal three strand braid but only make sure that you don’t overlap the sections on top of each other but instead go under-lapping (if that’s even a word!). Make two loops of a normal under-lapped braid and then begin adding section to it from the hair that’s left out. I know this sounds just like a French braid, but honestly, a Dutch braid is just a reversed French braid.
Step 3: Keep on adding sections of hair to the sides and take one section under the other. Repeat this process until you have reached the temple of your head.
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Step 4: Once you have reached the temple of your head, stop adding sections and simply continue to make an upside-down three strand braid. Tie it up using a thin hair elastic or rubber band.
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Step 5: Now that the braiding part is done (Yes, that’s all you had to do); let’s add the romance to your braid. Hold the braid securely at the place where you have tied it with your rubber band and using you other hand, gently tug and tease the braid from the top and bottom sections of the loops. Loosen it out but very gently else you may spoil the braid and open it. (And then you will have to go all over again) Did I mention this could take a while to perfect? But keep trying!
Step 6: Once the braid has been teased, it looks really soft and romantic. Now just take your finished braid and go behind your head. Pick a section of hair and tuck the braid underneath it. Secure with bobby pins and voila! How easy was that!
Note: All pictures and tutorial are courtesy of Abby Smith.