Half-up hairstyles may once have belonged to grade schoolers and girls who hit snooze too many times, but braided variations of the look have completely changed the game. A braid or two can transform any half-up ‘do from an adolescent school girl style to chic boss lady vibes in minutes.
Don’t believe us? Cassi Pinder, L'Oréal Professionnel artist, is here to show you how to put a grown-up twist on your half-up hairstyle. Whether you’re working with dark brown hair or ash blonde strands, this half-up double Dutch braid will have you turning heads.
How To Style A Half-Up Double Dutch Braid
First thing’s first: Use a boar bristle brush to detangle your mane. This step is crucial to help avoid knots and snarls putting a snag in your style. Freshly washed or fine hair tends to slip out of braids easily, which is why we recommend beginning with second-day hair or faking it with L'Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair Hairspray. The micro-propelled dry finishing spray transforms hair into next day disheveled looks with a discrete and natural touch. Once your mane is prepped and ready to go, it’s time to begin braiding.
Grab a section of hair at the top of your head from temple to temple, splitting the hair into two even pieces. Since you’ll be working with one section at a time, clip the other section away for now.
If you already know how to style a French braid, mastering the Dutch braid technique should be a no-brainer! Split the hair into three even pieces—left, middle, and right. Cross the right section under the center, adding it to the middle section. Then, cross the left section under the center, making it a part of the middle section. Repeat this technique as you continue to braid, adding more hair each time you cross under.
When you reach the crown of your head, secure your Dutch braid with a clip.
Craft a Dutch braid with the opposite section by repeating the same steps.
Once both braids are complete, combine the remaining hair from both sides. Create a half-up ponytail and tie it off with a hair elastic.
Pancake both braids to create the appearance of volume and fullness. If you want your final ‘do to look even more voluminous, grab a fine-tooth comb and tease the loose hair from your ponytail and the strands framing your face.
Ready to complete your look? You’re only one step away! Lock your half-up double Dutch braid in place with a few spritzes of strong hold finishing spray like the L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Infinium 4.
Whether you’re heading to a casual dinner, girls’ night out, or a work meeting, this half-up double Dutch braid is sure to slay.
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