How To Do A Dutch Braid - A Super Useful Guide

Pro hairstylist Chris Appleton shows you how...

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Hands up who's stared at women with epic dutch braids and thought: 'How did you manage to do that??'

Yup, us too.

Generally speaking, a messy top knot is all our Monday morning brains can manage, and that's on a good day.

Until now. Determined to master fashion's favourite braid style, we turned to pro hairstylist and the man behind J Lo and Kim K's A-list 'dos, Chris Appleton, to pick his brains on how to master doing a dutch braid on yourself, without losing the will to live.

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Read on for his step by step tutorial to creating your best single dutch braid ever...

How To Do A Single Dutch Braid

Step 1

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Take a section of hair at the front of your head and split into three inch wide pieces ready for plaiting. The closer the section of hair is to your hairline, the higher up your plait will start.

TIP: If you've got super fine hair or you washed it recently, spritz some dry shampoo into the roots to give it more grip so it braids better.

Try... R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, £24

Step 2

Start to weave the pieces like a regular plait, but this time instead of plaiting the outside pieces of hair inwards, you want to pull the middle section out and over, swapping it with one of the side pieces, alternating either side as you go.

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So it should go as follows:

Middle piece swaps over the right, so the right piece sits in the middle.

Then the middle piece swaps over the left, so the left piece sits in the middle.

Step 3

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Work your way towards the back of your head making sure you pull in hair from each side as you go. Each time the hair should feed in and add to the section being folded into the middle, so that the plait becomes bulkier as you go and starts to form one plait that sits on top of your head.

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GOOD TO KNOW: If you're already a pro at doing french plaits, then use the exact same method for this, but weave the hair out instead of in, so the plait sits on top of the hair.

Step 4

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Keep feeding in hair until you reach the nape of your neck, then carry on with a regular plait to the ends of your hair and tie off with a small elastic.

Try... Hershesons Clear Snagless Hair Bands, £6.50

TIP: Add bulk and texture to your braid by lightly pulling out each section. This technique is known as 'pancaking'.

How To Style A Dutch Braid

'It's about keeping it modern and not too straight and perfect. A dutch braid always looks more fashion when it's messier, otherwise it can look a little dressage.'

TIP: If you've got grown out roots that show up even more when plaited, use a root concealer to lightly touch up the colour.

Try... Color WOW Root Cover Up, £28.50

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