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Breezy Half-Up Dutch Braids Hair Tutorial

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April 18, 2016

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The weather has actually been pretty warm in L.A. over the past week, which I’ve been loving. It’s giving me an excuse to get playful with my hair, finding styles that can keep it out of my face with a fashionable flare. I’ve noticed myself getting in a hair rut, and it makes me feel so much more put together when I put even a little time into my hairstyle.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

This breezy braid look is the epitome of a style that looks like you put in more effort than you did. As long as you know how to dutch braid, you’re set. It’s fantastic for holding my hair back, but still offers movement with its half-up-half-down structure.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

I wore this look out the pool over the weekend, and I noticed that it showed off my new hair shade really well. A couple weeks ago I posted on how I was using the new John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ products that I picked up from Walmart. In the sun, especially when my hair was in this layered style, I could see the subtle lightening effect the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo, Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Conditioner and Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment gave my hair. I have a lot of additional dimension now, my natural highlights illuminated, which makes the braids look even nicer. I grabbed the products in-store, but I know not all stores carry the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment. If you can’t find these at your local Walmart, they’re all available at Walmart.com.

Keep reading to see how to recreate this breezy dutch braid hairstyle!

Step 1.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

Separate the top half of you hair from the bottom half. Section off the bottom half with a ponytail to keep it out of the way.

Step 2.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

Use a comb to create a part down the middle of the top section of hair.

Step 3.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

Starting on one side of the part, take two one-inch sections and tie them in a single knot to mark the starting point of the braid. Pick up a third one-inch section between the two and start the dutch braid. A dutch braid works the same way as a french braid, picking up more hair on each side as you go, but instead of weaving the hair OVER each section, you weave it under.

Step 4.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty
This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

Once the braid gets to the point where there is no more hair to incorporate, finish the braid normally and tie with an elastic.

Step 5.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

Create a second braid with the other half of your top section and tie it with an elastic at the end. To make the braids look thicker, tug at the edges gently.

This half-up dutch braid tutorial is perfect for the warmer weather while keeping hair flowing in the breeze. See the step-by-step tutorial! | Slashed Beauty

This is such an easy and care-free hairstyle that’s more interesting to look at than a ponytail or topknot, but still gets my hair out of the way for warm or busy days. I also love how it shows off my hair shade as it gradually lightens with the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ products. I’m even happier that my hair is looking this spring-ready without having to have spent a ton of money at the salon. Win, win, win!

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15 Responses

  1. Lisa Marie Heath
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    This is such a cute look on you!

  2. Anastasia
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    Great tutorial! This style looks lovely on you 🙂

  3. So easy, I love the lift of the Dutch braid over that knot – it adds a great look. Your hair turned out great! #client

  4. CosmetopiaDigest.com
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    I love your braid tutorials and “try” to recreate them, though they never look as pretty or neat as yours.

  5. FabZilla_Kath
    | Reply

    Great hair tutorial. Your sunnies are so cute too

  6. marciaf
    | Reply

    You are so talented with your hair.

  7. Kat D
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    SO cute! It’s the one thing I miss about my long hair!

  8. PrimeBeauty
    | Reply

    Such a cute, fun look!!

  9. TinaBowling
    | Reply

    This style makes me wish I had long hair, so pretty!

  10. Paige
    | Reply

    did you combine the braids at the end?

  11. Nidia Doherty
    | Reply

    I love your hair. I do braids all the time, but no one can see them in my messy curls! lol.

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