Faux-hawk Dutch Braid


SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Final Back

This week’s braid is a super-simple Dutch Braid that looks really fancy, but doesn’t take a lot of time or effort. The trick to getting this one right is to have the right tools on hand, and to make sure you have at least second-day hair to keep the frizz at bay.

This braid definitely has a bit of nostalgia for me, as it was maybe one of the first ones I was able to repeat successfully, and I’ve worn it to weddings, parties, and for a fancy dinner date or two.   Give yourself a little time to really get the braid pancaked out and sprayed sufficiently, but in general you should be able to get this down to 10-15 minutes of total time after a while. 

Braid Bar Box

I’ve added a new product to my website which I think you will all really like – the Braid Bar Box. This particular style uses just about everything included in the box: dry shampoo, finishing spray, and hairspray (all with suncare for your hair), a strong rattail comb, and a generous pile of bobby pins and elastics.  For this look, you'll want one clear plastic elastic, the bobby pins, the rattail comb, the dry shampoo, the finishing spray, and the hold hair spray.

SunQuist Braid Bar Box

Step-by-Step Instructions on the Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid (with pictures)

  1. Apply the dry shampoo all over the hair for texture and volume, especially at the front where you will start the style, and at the middle-to-end of the back of the head for more volume in the braid.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 1

  2. Comb all the hair towards the back of the head and separate out a small section of hair to create the front hair poof/bump (also called a pompadour). Flatten the section by combing the front of the section towards the back of the head.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 2

  3. Using the comb, tease the back of the section lightly. If the hair is still too clean, spray the section with hairspray after teasing. Twist the hair over itself and secure the section by attaching two bobby pins to make an x at the back of the poof.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 3

  4. Gather two other sections from the front of the head to start the braid, and use the pompadour section as the middle section of the braid. The bobby pins holding in the pompadour may shift slightly, but this is ok as you can adjust them after you are finished with the braid.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 4

  5. Start the Dutch braid in the direction of the side of your head with less hair to try to keep it fairly even and collect even sections of hair to continue on with the Dutch Braid. You want to keep the hair fairly tight against the head as you progress.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 5
    If you haven’t done a dutch braid before, please see my blog article here.

  6. Complete the braid to the end of the hair. Attach a clear plastic elastic to the end of the braid.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 6

  7. Using bobby pins, line the edges of the braid to hold the sides tight against the head.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 7

  8. Spray some finishing spray into your hand and smooth out the sides of the head.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 8

  9. Start pulling lightly on the sides of the braid, pancaking the sections while being careful not to pull the braid too far out. Continue working through the braid up and down, pulling on the sections, until the pieces have gotten to an even and optimal thickness. If your hair is too clean, use some finishing spray on the braid to give a little more friction.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 9a
    If you are leaving the ponytail out, you may need to cut or remove the bottom elastic and then reattach a new one at the bottom to get an even pancaking. I have found that it looks better to tuck in the end of the ponytail but you can experiment with this depending on hair thickness and length.SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 6

  10. After you’ve gotten the braid to the desired width, spray the braid and the whole style with super hold hairspray.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 10

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 10b

  11. If you are tucking in the ponytail, tuck it underneath the bottom part of the braid and attach with bobby pins.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Step 11

  12. The Faux-Hawk Dutch braid is complete!

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Final Side

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Faux-Hawk Dutch Braid Final Back

A note on Pompadours and a guy braid?

In researching this article, I came across a lot of really cool pics of guys who have faux-hawks and it occurred to me that this would be a fun one to try with a guy who has decently long hair on the top as well. If you try it, please post and tag us on instagram (IG @sunquisthair) as we’d love to see it! I would think that you would want to modify the instructions a little bit to perhaps take out the front poof, tease the heck out of the whole top section, and then maybe do a French braid instead of a Dutch braid to make it look masculine, but it might be worth a try! If I find a willing participant, check back here and I’ll post pictures of the results.

Thanks and a Word about Protective Hair Care

Thanks for reading! I hope that you come back to visit for next week’s Braid of the Week. As always, I would love to hear your feedback on the Braid Bar blog (braidbar@sunqui.st) , or even any general feedback on SunQuist, Sun Care for your Hair, and SunQuist Protective Hair Care Products (suggestionbox@sunqui.st).