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We do a lot of braids around the house because they keep hair nicely detangled and out of the face. Gaby has long, curly hair which has a tendency to get tangled pretty easily and the only way I’ve been able to ‘control’ it is by doing braided hairstyles, especially during back-to-school time.
In this case, we are doing a half dutch braid-half ponytail combination. Dutch braids use the same concept as French braids except hair is tucked under so the end result is a more defined braid. It turns out that I had unknowingly always Dutch-braided Gaby’s hair before this! I realized it after finding out a bit more about the Dutch way of braiding. The things we learn 🙂
The idea behind this Dutch braided ponytail style is to create the illusion of a soft mohawk with hair slightly raised on the top middle section of the head and then tightly styled in the back.
1. Start off by applying a pea-to-quarter size amount of styling cream on hair. I used the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk because I wanted to polish hair and smooth hair to make it more manageable for braiding.
2. Separate a section of hair at the top center, going from the front to the middle of the head. I made this section about 3 inches wide. Tie this section.
2. Then make sure to tie the rest of the hair in the back into a ponytail to keep it in place while you style the front.
3. Take the front section and begin braiding starting at the center of the hairline. Grab three sections of hair and braid them underneath one another all the way to the ends. Here’s a great tutorial.
4. Once you’re done braiding this front section, make sure to tie the braid while you work on the ponytail.
5. Move on to the back section and start gathering all of the hair to make your ponytail. Make sure to smooth out any creases or re-do the ponytail if you need to.
6. Once you have the ponytail ready and in place, grab it with one hand and incorporate the front Dutch braid into it.
7. Once the braid has been tied into the ponytail, add a bit more of the styling cream to condition the ponytail hair before starting to braid it.
8. Braid the ponytail using the Dutch style, placing hair underneath as you go down to the ends. This will make your braid look consistent from the front to the back. Tie the ends to keep braid in place.
9. Add a cute hair accessory to the ponytail. And you’re done!
This is the amazing SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk I’ve been using for this back to school hairstyle series. It conditions hair and leaves a soft, silky feel. I also love its delicious scent and a definite plus is that it’s made with natural ingredients.
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