Now Trending: Dutch Braids
Ready to step up your braid game? This latest sub-trend is the way to do it—especially because it's actually way easier to throw together than it looks. Dutch braids are essentially french braids, but with a Missy Elliot twist: Flip it and reverse it. Rather than weaving each section of hair over one another, you're simply tucking them under, so the braid is inside out. The result: a more dimensional-looking plait.
And we're not the only ones who are all about it. In fact, we can't remember the last time we made it through an entire day without seeing a picture of a celeb donning the style in some way, shape, or form. Whether you're feeling classic double boxer braids or something a little more creative, inspiration abounds—and we're counting down some of our favourites right here.
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We love this simple take on the style, because it has a little bit of an edge: Kind of like a noncommittal mohawk. Simply dutch-braid your hair down the center of your head, continuing as a normal braid once you've tucked in all your hair (so, beyond the nape of your neck). Dab on some styling cream on either side of the braid to smooth away any flyaways—we like MoroccanOil's Hydrating Styling Cream ($48).
It's all in the details in Mara's version: For starters, hairstylist Adir Abirgil started the braid much further back, and created a cool-looking part line by dividing her hair into a top section and bottom section, securing the top in a tight ponytail. He then braided this top section just as a plait ponytail, adding in more hair to create a dutch braid when he reached the bottom. Keep the top super slick with a smoothing serum like GHD's Smooth & Finish Serum ($22), as you're pulling back into a half pony. Sounds trickier than it actually is, promise.
We love the pretty-meets-punk vibe of Bosworth's asymmetrical take. If you've ever tried a waterfall braid, the technique is similar (but again, inside out): Just grab a front section of your hair slightly left of centre, and begin dutch-braiding it toward your right ear, only grabbing small sections as you go (since you want to leave plenty of your hair out in the back and on the other side). After reaching the area behind your right ear, secure the braid with some bobby pins underneath your free hair so the pins are out of sight. Create some textured waves by loosely plaiting the bottom, spritzing with some Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($39), letting it set, then taking it out and running your fingers through it when you're heading out of the house.
How gorgeous is Iman's textured crown? This is less of hairdo and more of an artfully woven sculpture. But it's just a matter of starting with a centre part and dutch-braiding off to each side, using very small sections so that you have enough hair to wrap the braids around your head a full revolution (or more, if you have a full-on mane). Want the cheat version? Just do two simple dutch braids, and then wrap them on top of your head, securing with bobby pins.
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And finally, Kim K with the classic. Boxer braids have been her go-to lately, icy locks or not—in fact, it seems to currently be the unofficial hair uniform of the Kardashian/Jenner clan (and we've noticed it plenty on the runway, too).
Speaking from experience, it is the perfect 'do for those days you don't feel like washing dirty hair or simply can't deal. The trick to making it work for settings that aren't weekend brunch or the gym (though it's a great option for both!) is ensuring that it's polished and frizz-free. Try to braid as tightly as possible, and finish off with a nice dose of hairspray, slicking any flyaways into place while your hair is still wet. (This is a good time for a strong formula, and L'Oréal's Elnett Satin Absolute Extreme Hold Hairspray, $7, is always a reliable option.)
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