Hello lovely! Let’s get straight to the point. Today I want to share with you how I do the five strand dutch braid! You know I love updos for those hot summer days, and doing a braid and tucking it under, or finishing it with a low bun is an excellent choice for a hairstyle that doesn’t require hair prepping (no heat!) and keeps your hair out of your way 😉


I love this braid! Once I learned how to do it this way, it’s just as easy as doing a regular dutch braid (three strand), I can pull it apart for a voluminous result AND it’s much more intricate looking than a regular dutch braid! I get asked about it a lot out on the street in fact. Yep, you got me, I like drawing attention to my hair! 😀

The five strand dutch braid easy technique

It looks more tricky than it actually is! Once you know how and you actually try doing it, it will feel easier than it looks. That’s why it’s important not to get discouraged before you give it a real go! The beauty is that you don’t have to think about keeping track of all the strands. Instead you have to know how to weave your fingers and grab on to the hair and the strands will be properly separated at all times.


five strand dutch braid made easy!

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Brush your hair backwards. Pick up a U shaped section at the top, gliding your fingers from the temples to the back (you can go lower or higher depending on where you want to start).
  2. Place 4 fingers on the top of your crown, glide them backwards through that section and then grab the 5 strand you’ve created.
  3. If you used your right hand in the step above, you’ll start weaving from your left side. Grab the leftmost strand with your left hand. Take the ring finger of your left hand (while holding on to the leftmost strand) and place it under strand 2 and over strand 3. Then place your middle finger over both strand 2 and 3. The middle finger joins the ring finger and you grab those sections in your fist, freeing the index finger to do the next step.
  4. Take your index finger and place it under strand 4 and over 5.
  5. Add in new hair from the right side to strand number 5, which you are now holding between your index finger and your middle finger. In the meantime hold strand 4 between your index finger and your thumb.
  6. Now grab on to strand number 4 with your right hand and prepare your right ring finger to repeat steps 3-5 from the right side.
  7. After you run out of hair to add in to the braid, you can continue with the same weaving technique without adding in new hair a bit down, or tie everything into a pony at the nape of your neck. I created a small bun and secured it with bobby pins.


You can use your free hand to smooth over the strands or to smooth the sections you’re adding from the sides. Remember not to let go of the position your weaving hand is in. This will make sure the strands are separated and that the go where they’re supposed to 😉 You can use the same method when braiding other peoples hair too! You would hold your hands in front of you, but in the exact same position. You don’t have to keep it in the middle either. You can hold your hands in the back but move them slightly to either side if you want to do a side braid or diagonal braid. The way you’d weave your fingers wouldn’t change.

Texturising the hair

I used the Sam Villa Texture Iron, that I described in this blog post on The Secrets To Bigger Braids, to micro crimp my hair and achieve more volume (Another perk is that because of the texture in my hair, it doesn’t look greasy much longer).

A word of caution though, if you live in Europe and got this from the USA from Amazon (like me), that goes for any other hot tool as well. Remember that Europe’s electrical system is different from the one in USA in two ways: the voltage of the current and the shape of the plug. American appliances run on 110 volts, while European appliances are 220 volts. That means you have to be very cautious with the heat settings! I use mine at the lowest setting, and it still feels hot, because it’s meant for the American system. If you live in the US, always proceed with caution as well! It’s always better to raise the temperature later, if you feel your hair needs it. Other than that I highly recommend this tool!

Have you already tried the five strand dutch braid?

If not, I certainly hope you’ll give it a go! 🙂 Let me know how it goes! Have a great hair day lovely!



P.S. Are you a new beginner? Then this step-by-step Mini Video Course is for you:


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