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

by Hair Romance on August 17, 2013 · 13 comments

in Hair Style Advice

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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Suheiry August 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I love that you posted this! I’ve been practicing the French braid and I’ve almost got it.
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Hair Romance August 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Thanks Suheiry! It takes practice when you start but once you’ve got it, braiding is so much fun x


Stephanie August 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

These pictures look great. Its so weird I have been doing the dutch braid for years and never realised it lol.

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Hair Romance August 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

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


Amelia Grace @ Chai a cup of life August 19, 2013 at 3:42 am

first and last pic I like especially. Found our blog looking for styles to keep my hair up while I’m in the humidity in Delhi!


Hair Romance August 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

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


Smaggle August 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

I love the backwards chunky braid you’ve done. It’s my favourite of all the braids.


Hair Romance August 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thanks gorgeous Smags! It’s my favourite too xx


Josephine Braun August 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Looks lovely! I must say that your French braid hairstyles are beautiful. I’m going to be trying them all out, right after I post this comment!


Hair Romance September 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thanks Josephine x


Gentherly Coronado October 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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.


Hair Romance October 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

Thank you! If you can French braid you can definitely Dutch braid x


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