Circle Dutch Braid - Step-by-step Tutorial


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The circle braid is a simple concept - essentially you are just taking a standard Dutch braid and adding sections of hair all the way around your head.  Here's a few shots of the final look: 

SunQuist Braid Bar Blog: Final TopSide

SunQuist Braid Bar Blog: Final Back

SunQuist Braid Bar Blog: Final Front

SunQuist Braid Bar Blog: Final Left

SunQuist Braid Bar Blog: Final Right

And for the first time ever, a teeny video that shows you the whole look:

 

Step-by-Step Circle Braid Tutorial Instructions

The key to this somewhat simple Dutch braid is to keep track of where you adding hair from.  I started from the front of my hair so that I could have a little interest in the front, but you can really start from anywhere depending on where you have enough hair to get the braid going.  I also decided to braid over the section of my head which has less hair (the front and right side) first so that the braid looked more continuous at the ned.  I would play around with where to start and end this braid.
I also only took hair from the bottom for the first three or four twists so that I could tuck the end of the braid in behind it.  See the diagram below for where I was taking hair for each turn.  One other note: if you have the patience and the time, try adding much smaller sections of hair and still pancake the hair out to the same width for a more intricate braid. The right dot is where I tied off the braid, and the left dot is where I used a bobbypin to pin up the braid behind where I started.  The arrows stop where I ran out of hair to add and just braided the remaining length.
SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Diagram with Arrows
  1. Section out the back hemisphere of hair and use a clip to get it out of the way.  You will be adding this hair in later.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 1
  2. Separate out a small section in the front and divide into three equal sections.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 2
  3. Start the braid, adding in pieces from the bottom only for the first 3-4 turns.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 3
  4. Release the clip and start adding in pieces to the top and bottom of the braid, keeping the braid high, and angling the braid around the crown of your head as possible.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 4
  5. Continue to braid around the crown of the head.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 5
  6. Once you have incorporated all of the hair in the braid, braid the remaining hair.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 6
  7. Angle the braid towards the front of your head, where you started.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 7
  8. Pin the braid underneath the start of the braid.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 8
  9. The resulting braid should look like this:
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 9
  10. Pin any sections that seem loose or are sticking up, such as the side where the braid was pinned.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 10
  11. Gently tug on each section of the braid to create a fuller effect.
    SunQuist Braid Bar Tutorial - Step 11