I'm pretty indecisive with my hair. I don't think I'm an indecisive person in life in general, but yeah, when it comes to my hair, I do not have it figured out. Sometimes I want it short, other times long; I ping-pong between red, blonde, and even dabble in blue, but the thing I am the MOST indecisive about has to be my bangs. (Or fringe if you're feeling British.) I pretty much always have bangs because I never have the resolve to grow them out, but I'm always trying to find ways to style them away. Usually it's just a deep side part and side sweep, but sometimes I like to get a little fancier. Enter Dutch braided bangs. Very fancy.
Step One: This style works best with dirtier hair, especially if you have some short layers (bangs) you're trying to hide. So work with hair a day or two after your shower or add some product to give your hair extra texture.
Step Two: Give yourself a deep side part where you want your braid to start.
Step Three: Separate a section of hair for your braid and tie the rest out of the way.
Step Four: Take a small section of hair near the start of your part and divide into three sections to begin your braid. A Dutch braid is like a French braid where you add a small section of hair after each cross, but it differs from a French braid because you cross the sections under each other.
Step Five: Take the left section, cross under the middle, then take the right section and cross under the middle. Add a little bit of hair to the new left section and again, cross under the middle.
Step Six: Braid down to the end of your hair, adding small sections as you go.
Step Seven: Pancake your braid for a fuller look. If you have a fringe, pull the braid apart very gently to avoid making your shorter fringe pieces poke out. If your fringe is sticking out, try adding a little bit of hair spray to your fingertips and smoothing those sections back into the braid.
Step Eight: Let down the rest of your hair and pin the braid behind your ear.
If you're familiar with Dutch braids, or French braids, then this style isn't too hard. The trick is working with hair that is already a bit dirty and more willing to stay in the braid! You could also do this look with a traditional French braid or rope braid. Rope braids would also be easier and work well for even shorter bangs. However you choose to do it, this is a great option for hiding your bangs while growing them out, or just trying a different look for the day. Cheers, Rebecca.
Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.