30 Best Dutch Braid Inspired Hairstyles

Double Dutch

two dutch braids and a low ponytail

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.

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.

Here are 30 most inspiring examples.

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.

Highlighted Crown

crown fishtail braid for thin hair

Just because you have thin hair doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a dutch braid. Weaving one into a loose style allows you to get texture in your hairdo without taking away from the little bit of volume that you have.

Formal Braid Updo

dutch braid and bun updo

Formal occasions can be daunting, especially when it comes to deciding on a style that is elegant without being too stuffy. Upgrade a standard ballerina bun with a dutch braid crown wrapped around. Take it a step further with a reverse braid underneath the bun for a fun contrast of textures.

Intricate Everyday Updo

four braids and bun updo

Learning how to braid can seem challenging, but once you learn, it’s as easy as riding a bike. The thick blonde braids appear intricate, but with a simple tutorial this spiraled updo will be quite easy to duplicate. The delicate winding bun looks like the petals of a rose, which contrasts well with the edgy braids. This hard and soft pairing is also supported by the combination of the light hair and dark roots.

Multi-Texture Ponytail

ponytail with a bouffant and side braid

Dutch braids can come in many different sizes, although most girls opt for larger variations to better show off the delicate details. Instead of choosing between the two, mix them for a truly unique style.

Pastel Pink Braided Mohawk

pastel pink braided mohawk updo

True Mohawk styles feature shaved sides that may not work for everyone’s lifestyle. Ladies who want an exciting weekend look can pin their hair towards the middle to mimic the edgy style. Make it pop even more with a vibrant color.

Messy Bun with Braids

two dutch braids and a low messy bun

Kick a low updo up a notch with the addition of side braids. The messy texture of the braids blends in with the loose knotted bun and fringe bangs. Have some fun by incorporating braids of different patterns into one overall style.

Long Messy Braid

messy braided downdo for long hair

There is something romantic about a long braided style—just think of Rapunzel! Balance out the messy twisted tail with a dutch braid around the top. The polished appearance will contrast well with the edginess of the rest of the look.

Blonde Braided Messy Updo

messy braided updo hairstyle

Looking for a stylish wedding or prom hairdo? Nothing beats this sophisticated updo. Plus, it’s quite easy to execute for those who don’t know how to do a dutch braid because by pinning and looping up small pieces you can create the appearance of one without knowing the particular technique.

High Braided Bun

loosely braided blonde bun updo

Instead of using a headband, why not use a fashionable braid to pull your hair back away from your face? A large braid will add some much needed texture to the flatness of a pulled-back look. A bun like this can work for day or night which makes it incredibly versatile.

Braid and Bouffant

long half up half down hairstyle with a bouffant

A high bouffant can be used to counteract long flowing curls. Highlight the bump with a dutch braid to create a crown-like effect. There is a fairytale quality to this style, so make sure to wear it during a special event like a gala, wedding or prom.

Lovely Loops

blonde updo with chunky braids

Besides the awesome weaved texture, one of the benefits of a dutch flower braid is the ability to show off variations in color. This is especially useful if you have a brown and blonde ombre or any two-toned dye job.

Regal Ribbon Texture

braided mohawk hairstyle

Just because you know how to dutch braid does not mean that you have to be stuck with that basic pattern; build upon it for a ribbon-like style that is more intricate and exciting. While this is a very unique style, it is still polished enough for everyday wear.

Two-Toned Faux Hawk

messy fauxhawk braid updo

Dutch braids can come in all sizes and styles. On first glance you may not realize that the plaited style shown is a dutch variation, but the messy Mohawk also uses the underhand technique to create edgy intertwined loops.

Gone Fishing

loose hairstyle with a side dutch braid

Girls usually opt for a dutch fishtail braid to jazz up high or low ponytails. But, they can also be used as a decorative accent in loose wavy styles. This will work best on women who have thicker strands.

Grey Goddess

messy two braids hairstyle for long hair

This style gives new meaning to 50 Shades of Grey! If you have long silver strands, play off of the medieval quality with a style to match. Combine different sized braids to keep it looking modern.

Jumbo Side Braid

chunky braid updo

Side styles are extremely popular and common, so if you want to make yours stand out why not to opt for a jumbo sized dutch braid? The enlarged plait looks hip and also shows off the cool pattern of the style.

Sweet and Stylish Side Braid

hairstyle with a side dutch braid

Young girls in search of an everyday style should look no further. The side braid is simple and adds just enough excitement to casual looks; perfect for those in high school or college who want to catch a crush’s eye.

Turquoise Tail

braided mohawk with undercuts

Braids have the reputation of being girly or romantic, but with the right style they can be edgy as well. Accent a Mohawk with an intricate fishtail style—with a little surprise at the bottom. Use a temporary color for a fun look that will wash out when the weekend is over.

Glamour Girl

diagonal dutch braid

Showcase the dark base within a blond style with a winding dutch braid. It will blend the dark brown and honey blonde colors together for a swirled style. For formal events, leave the ends loose and curl them to make a simple plait appear fancy.

A Schoolgirl Or A Bride?

double dutch braids

Remember wearing 2 centre-parted braids when you were a schoolgirl? The idea is the same, but having changed regular braids for the Dutch ones and skipping centre-parting, you’ll be able to come up with a fantastic bridal hairstyle like this. Ah, and pull at the braid’s sections slightly to make it look chunkier.

Side Inside-Out Braid And A Low Bun

dutch headband braid and a bun

This elaborate-looking yet simple-to-do hairstyle has so many attractions: a “backwards” French braid shaped into a low bun at the end, stunning blond highlights for the light brown base and an eye-catching hair band.

Winding Braid

dutch zigzag braid hairstyle

The Dutch style of braiding is not only stylish, it urges to express your creativity. Let your gorgeous braid meander like a serpentine mountain road and finally swirl into a flat bun at the back of your head.

Bridal Inspiration

bridal updo with a dutch braid

So elegant, so fancy yet simple: a low inside-out braid and top veiling locks merging into the statement side curls. Brides-to-be, seize the brilliant idea:)

Face Framing Maroon Braids

hairstyle with a side dutch braid

It’s a gorgeous firework of color and the triumph of the braiding style, indeed! Two thinner braids, framing the line of the hair growth and blending into a chic side braid, make this awesome Dutch braiding style that you can easily recreate in your own hair hue.

Dutch Braided Updo From The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton updo with a dutch braid

This breathtaking updo from the British style icon Kate Middleton is made from a rolled inside-out braid and 4 front hair sections, wrapped around it and secured inside.

Dutch Diagonal Side Braid

dutch braided hairstyle

Here is a fantastic diagonal braid that certainly suggests decent length and hair thickness. But you can make it look chunkier, if you pull gently at its sections upon completion.

From The Fendi Catwalk

sleek hairstyle with a dutch braid

Fendi always finds new ways to wear fur. The thin strands, slicked back to the centre parting line to be weaved into a tight inside-out braid mimic the texture of the fur strands, worn as a hair accessory at the Fendi catwalk.

Headband Braiding & Messy Curls

curly messy hairstyle with a dutch braid

The headband braid is called to section off the messy curls off the face and draw attention to the graceful feminine facial features. This is an ideal hairstyle for naturally curly hair that occasionally tends to get out of your control.

Messy Fauxhawk Braided Hairstyle

fauxhawk with a dutch braid

A braided fauxhawk? Why not? Make it messy and loopy with some pompadour volume above your forehead for a distinct and stylish look that on top of everything is quite remarkable and imaginative.

Braided updos and downdos are timeless for weddings, nights out in the city and casual daytime wear. Girls will always braid their beautiful long tresses, experimenting with styles and finishes. Try an inside-out braid for diversity and distinct braided looks to remain invariably gorgeous.