Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School Series: Hair Tutorial: Dutch Braid into Ponytail.

So today I am doing my first hair tutorial, I know I have promised to do a hair tutorial for a while but I am really bad explaining in words how to do hair... Anyway I decided to go ahead and give it a try! I will try to explain as clearly as possible, but please forgive me if I don't do a very good job. This is the first post in my back to school series.

This hairstyle is one that once you have mastered it you will be able to do it will be really fast and perfect for those days when you are in a hurry in the morning but you want your hair up all day but still want it to be cute. It is also really cute if you do some sort of sport. Gymnastics, dance, soccer, softball, etc. Because you can do this and then put the ponytail into a bun and jazz up your otherwise simple bun/ponytail. 

 Step 1.  On the top of your head take a rectangle section of hair and you are going to Dutch braid it only picking hair up from this section. A Dutch braid is essentially a French braid except you are doing it inside out. So in a French and normal braid you have three sections and alternate left over middle, and then right over middle, with the side pieces becoming the middle piece. Well in a dutch braid it is the middle over the side pieces. So middle over left (with the left becoming the middle) and then middle over right. But other then that it is the same as a French braid with you adding pieces to the side pieces. The only difference is they go under the middle piece.
The difference between the French braid and the Dutch braid is that while the French braid lies flat on the head, the Dutch braid pops up and you can see it a little better.

After you finish adding all the hair in that section, continue with a regular braid. and then use an elastic at the end. This will come out in the end its just to hold the braid for now so it doesn't matter if its a big elastic.

Step 2. Next, gather all of the remaining hair into a a ponytail. If you are doing this on someone else you can have them hold the braid out of the way for you, and if you are doing this on yourself you can use a clip of just hold it in your teeth while you gather all the remaining hair into a ponytail.

Step 3. Add the braid into the ponytail and secure with an elastic. Once you have it secured you can remove the elastic from the bottom of the braid and undo the part of the braid that is in the ponytail.

                                                                 The finished hairstyle!

There are so many ways to jazz it up even more, on her we put a colorful scrunchie. Of course you can always add a little hairspray to help with the flyaways and help hold it in place for the day.                          

Don't get discouraged if you don't get it perfect the first time, it takes a little bit of practice especially if you are doing it on yourself, but once you've mastered it you will be able to do it in no time!:) 

Thank you to my beautiful friend Louisa for modeling for me! Thanks to her I got to do a couple of posts that I will post soon.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! And I will talk to you all soon! 
Good luck! 


  1. That's really pretty!!

  2. The dutch braid is interesting...

  3. Now I finally have something other than a ponytail to do for tumbling. Great modeling Louisa!

    1. I know, it's perfect for it. I tried it with gymnastics and it stays in really well. I hate it when my ponytail falls out in the middle of a pass or something. Thank you!! It was fun. But kinda awkward in the pics where you can half see my face cause I didn't really know what kind of face to make. :/

  4. I had to keep redoing my ponytail like 60 times in one practice and then my hairband kept falling out when I did front tucks. LOL