4 Steps To a Gorgeous Dutch Braid, Even In Really Fine Hair

It's worth the arm-cramp. Promise.

Hairstylist Joel Benjamin knows 60 different braids and counting (check out the proof on his Instagram - he's doing a #100braidsofhappy challenge), and insists there are braids to suit any hair type. We put him to the test by letting him loose on four different hair types: fine, shortish, coily and kinky hair, and asking him to show us just how to achieve his pro braids at home. Here's how to do a Dutch braid on fine hair...

STEP ONE:

If you have a fringe or layers at the front, clip them away. Part your hair from ear to ear across the back of the head, clipping the top section away. Then make triangular sections by parting the hair from the middle of the back of the head down to each earlobe.

STEP TWO:

Starting over the arch of your left brow, make a Dutch braid with the left triangular section, pulling in strands from the top section which you've split in half. Direct the braid towards the top of the ear, and from there towards the back of the head. Pin it there, and pancake your braid.

STEP THREE:

Repeat on the other side until the two braids meet. Join them by pulling the middle strand from the left braid and the top strand from the right braid together as one central strand, and start plaiting downwards with the rest of the hair from the two braids.

STEP FOUR:

Use a few pins to support and secure the braids and style your front layers as you wish.

By Ingeborg van Lotringen

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