The French vs. The Dutch

Per a request from one of my very lovely readers I’m going to do a basic tutorial on both a french braid and a dutch braid today. This post is fitting since my sister was over last night and we french braided each others hair for the first time in, like, 5 years. Who doesn’t love doing hair with their sister. I know I do, and you probably do too. Unless you don’t have hair. Or a sister. Which would be a huge bummer. Or maybe you don’t have either. Which would really suck. If you are one day given a choice between one or the other, choose a sister. Sister’s rock.

Okay. Hair.

This is your classic french braid. Uniform, tight, and smooth. I'll wear this version when working out or doing housework. It's practical since it basically doesn't move. Ever.

This is your classic french braid. Uniform, tight, and smooth. I’ll wear this version when working out or doing housework. It’s practical since it basically doesn’t move. Ever.

 

Basically the same as the  classic french braid n terms of aesthetic. Very uniform and , I don't think, very exciting. But like the classic french, it's also an easy way to pull your hair back without resorting the a pony tail.

Basically the same as the classic french braid n terms of aesthetic. Very uniform and , I don’t think, very exciting. But like the classic french, it’s also an easy way to pull your hair back without resorting the a pony tail.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern french braid. It's looser and more romantic than the dated version.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern french braid. It’s looser and more romantic than the dated version.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern dutch braid.  Before wrapping a hair tie around the end of the braid, the pieces are pancaked to make them fuller.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern dutch braid. Before wrapping a hair tie around the end of the braid, the pieces are pancaked to make them fuller.

This is a great dutch braid that I think I'll do some day soon. I love the faux hawk look and this is great way to incorporate both styles in one look.

This is a great dutch braid that I think I’ll do some day soon. I love the faux hawk look and this is great way to incorporate both styles in one look.

French braids and Dutch braids are basically the same except that the crossing over action when braiding is either done across the top and down the middle (french) or along the bottom and up through the top (dutch) of the two stationary strands. And french and dutch braiding are done different that regular braiding because as you braid you take hair from outside of the original three strands and sort of braid it in.

The Hubby is upstairs trying to get Jacob to sleep and so I’m on baby patrol, or I would whip these two different braids out for you and take some mid-process pics. So in lieu of my inability to demonstrate, I’ve found some pretty easy to follow tutorials online.

Here’s a basic french braid.

And here’s a basic dutch braid.

The hardest part of french and dutch braiding is getting the finger work down. So if you get fumbled easily when you start and or get confused with which strands are in which hands, don’t worry. That will become much, much easier with practice.

Hope you enjoyed my little insight in the world of braiding!