Welcome back! I have returned tan and with more contrast on my roots from St. Thomas, and felt inspired to do a twisty-turvy Dutch braid tutorial in honor of the turny roads of the island. I feel like this braid is great for working out (I have worn this braid with the bun option to yoga), but its also fancy enough to wear to an event – especially one where you might be wearing a dress or outfit that has it’s own criss-crossy pattern or motif. This crossing thing is new for me, and I learned that while it looks good with a little bit of pancaking, it can have a tendency to get a little messy in the end if you do too much. Also, because the braid is fairly intricate, you will want to be sure the hair is nice and dirty to stay in place and avoid sticking out end pieces.
Braid Bar Box
Execute this look with the right tools, all of which are sold on my site, in the Braid Bar Box. Use the dry shampoo to get some grippiness to the hair, and also to keep your hair from looking greasy, and you’ll need to use three clear plastic elastics, and a couple of bobby pins to attach the end of the final braid. You will also want the rattail comb to separate out the hair into the beginning five sections. All of the sprays have UV protection, and with braids such as this one, it’s a great way to give that hair some sun care.
Step-by-step Braid Tutorial on Braid Crossing
- Spray the whole head with dry shampoo and split the hair into a middle part.
- Using the rattail comb, part the hair across the head, producing four equal parts.
- Clip up three of the four sections, and start with the top front side with less hair.
- There will be some hair left over in the back, so gather the back into a low ponytail and tie off with an elastic.
- Starting with the front and bottom-most section of hair, take a piece and divide into three sections.
- Start a Dutch braid directed towards the center of your head. Add pieces to both sides until the entire front quadrant is incorporated.
- Remove the clip for the section diagonally across from the first section.
- Continue the dutch braid until all the hair is incorporated.
- Braid all the way to the nape of the neck
- Tie off with an elastic.
- Unclip the other front section.
- Start a dutch braid on the other side and incorporate the entire front section of hair.
- Unclip the last section (it should be diagonally across from the section you are working on).
- Continue to braid over the first braid and start incorporating hair from the back section.
- Braid all the way to the nape of the neck and tie off with an elastic.
- (Option 1) Take the three remaining ponytails and braid to the end of the hair. Tie off with an elastic.
- Pull the braid up and bobby pin the braid underneath the two crossed braids.
- You may opt to cut out the side elastics or leave them in for support.
- Pancake out the braid to the desired effect.
- (Option 2) Incorporate all the three ponytails into a messy bun and pin.