Although hair trends are changing to a greater or less extent every season, braided hairstyles always keep a reserved place in them. After a mad popularity of French braids and fishtails which have been all over recently, we all are striving for some fresh takes on the trend. Well, there’s actually nothing new under the sun, but the Dutch or “backwards” French braiding can work pretty well. The Dutch style braiding looks like an inside-out braid that may even appear detachable at first sight. Fear not, it’s not difficult to weave: you’ll master it like a shot. And then it will open for you a full range of new opportunities in unhackneyed braided hairstyles.
Secrets of the Dutch Braid
If you want a really embossed braid, it’s exactly what you are going to get with the Dutch style. It may seem a bit elaborate but basically it’s the classic 3-strand braid. The principle of its weaving is almost the same as with the French braid, yet you need to bring the side strands not above the central one but beneath it. As a result, the braid appears mounted on top of hair instead of being merged in it.
The Dutch inside-out braid itself appears unusual and stylish, but it can also serve a great base for more elaborate and fancy hairstyles. You have probably seen an awesome romantic braided Dutch flower hairstyle with braid sections settling at the back of your head as though flower petals. But Dutch braided ‘dos can also compliment your elegant, casual or party styles. Besides, an inside-out braid has no age: it’s equally flattering for little girls and grown up ladies. You simply change the style, add highlights, asymmetry, mess your ‘do or keep it sleek and neat.
Classy Hairstyles with Inside-Out Braiding
Here are 30 most inspiring examples.
#1: Double Dutch
If you are wondering what makes each style of braid different, it’s all about the turn of the hand. Typical French braids are done by weaving three pieces of hair on top of each other, while a Dutch-style is braided with an underhanded technique that looks like two pieces of hair fused together.