What’s the difference between a French braid and a Dutch braid?

A French braid is a variation on the classic three strand braid where you add in hair to each section as you form the braid.

It follows the regular braid (plait) technique where you cross the right strand over the middle and the left over the right, continuing to bring the hair over into the centre.

By adding in hair as you go, this makes the braid hug your head. This allows you to create so many shapes and a huge variety of textures in your hairstyles.

French Braid Hairstyles

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 28 - the French braided crown

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 15 - French braid side bun

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 3 - the French braid side ponytail

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 12 - French braid side ponytail

A Dutch braid is the reverse of a French braid.

It’s sometimes called an “inside-out” braid or reverse braid.

The technique is the same, except that instead of bringing sections of your braid over and into the centre, you bring them under.

This creates one of my favourite braid styles as you can see the shape of the braid on top, while the sections of added hair sit smoothly underneath.

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 22 - the Dutch crown braid

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 1 - braidhawk

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 20 - the twist braid updo

Hair Romance - 30 braids 30 days - 18 - low Dutch braid bun

You can find step by step guides for braiding your own hair in my 30 Braid in 30 Days ebook.

Full picture tutorials of all of these braided hairstyles are in my ebook, along with a braid troubleshooting guide and product styling tips.

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    • Hair Romance says

      Thanks Stephanie! The Dutch braid has so many names, but it’s still my fave braid. whatever you call you it x

    • Kaitlyn says

      I’m the same. I’ve been doing dutch braids my whole life, and I never realized it.
      Only found out when I first tried braiding at the top of my head (this year). I was told it looked funny.

      Great post! Beautiful hair <3

    • Hair Romance says

      Hi Amelia Grace! Good luck coping with that humidity! Braids are fantastic for keeping your hair off your neck, and find a good air conditioner x

  1. Gentherly Coronado says

    Wow, those are the best braids ever. I wish I can learn how to do them. My mom can do a French braid, but we never tried a Dutch braid.

  2. Amy says

    I have to say its funny that I do the Dutch Braid on myself (just the natural way for me to braid) but if I do someone elses hair it ends up being the French Braid.

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