A Pretty Braid TutorialAbby Smith
This tutorial was inspired by the Zebra Halloween makeup tutorial I had just finished. I wanted something chic to finish off the look, something that was feminine and followed the line of the zebra stripes. So I happened upon this pretty braid and love the finished look. If you’re finding this tutorial and it’s no longer October, don’t mind the face paint!
This style would be so pretty to wear to prom or a black tie event. If you could clip in some extensions and make the braid even longer, that would be so stunning. Even still, this is a casual style that can be worn for anything — even when you want to be a zebra for Halloween!
Before we begin, I want to refresh your memory on how to achieve the Dutch French braid. If you know how to French braid, then you know that you braid the left and right strands of hair OVER the middle. Well, a Dutch French braid is exactly the same, except you are going to braid the left and right strand UNDER the middle. It’s as easy as that!
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Again, if you're here and it's no longer October ... ha ha don't mind the zebra stripes!
You're going to give yourself a nice deep side part. Make sure your hair has been teased and has some texture to it. This style is perfect for dirty hair. Try doing it with just-washed hair, and you're going to have a hard time getting the braid to stay. Start with three sections.
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Begin Dutch French braiding. Top strand UNDER the middle. Bottom strand UNDER the middle. Free up top hand by putting all the strands in bottom hand and add a section of hair to the top strand. Braid it under the middle. Free up bottom hand by putting all the strands in top hand and add a section of hair to the bottom strand. Repeat steps keeping the braid close to your hair line.
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When you hit the nape of your neck, you're arms are going to be on fire! So hold onto the braid and let your elbows drop. Bring the braid in front of your shoulder and pick up where you left off.
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Secure braid with clear elastic and begin tugging on the strands. You really want to loosen these as much as possible without layers falling out. This is what's going to create that thick looking braid.
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I think adding volume to the top of your head is a must. It's very feminine and keeps braid modern. Lift up on the very top pieces and hairspray.
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Take a comb and tease the tail. You want this messy looking.
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So simple and yet so eye catching. Like I said earlier, feel free to add some extensions into this style to really show off your mad hairstyling skills. Because you've tugged on all those strands, it's not going to look like your regular braid. Everyone is going to want to know how you did it!
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And in case you are curious how I got those awesome zebra stripes, check out the tutorial here!