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10 Gorgeous Photos of French and Dutch Braid Updos on Natural Hair

Avatar • Oct 20, 2015

By Chinwe of Hair and Health

The hair styles naturals manage to create never cease to amaze me, from intricately braided looks to simple and sweet.  Here are ten gorgeous updos featuring French braids and Dutch braids.

This braided updo by Mandajesspanda is absolutely beautiful.  To create a similar look, divide your hair into two sections from crown to nape and then Dutch braid these sections loosely from the nape to the front.  Finally, bring the ends of the braids together and pin down with bobby pins.  If you are more of a visual person, she also has a video tutorial here.
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Check out Mz_Tammy (one of the social media queens of hair styling) and her lovely look.  Separate a section in the crown area to create your bun. Then Dutch braid the perimeter loosely for volume.
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Next up is this cute braided crown that Tashan Samuels created on a model for Baltimore Fashion Week. If you want a similar style, first make a side part and two sections. French braid one section along the crown and towards the back. Do the same with the other section, and then tuck pin the two ends in the back.
Tashan Samuels

Tresses Dee is rocking a stunning French braid updo here.  To create this look, part your hair into two vertical sections and French braid those sections from the nape to the front. Finally, overlap and pin the ends into a pompadour.
Tresses DeeHairstylist Simeko did this stunning braided updo on the model pictured here.  To achieve an easier, modified look, part the hair into three sections — one on each side and one in the back from the nape to the crown.  Then proceed to French braid each of those sections towards the front and crown but only halfway.  Lastly, loosely twist the remainder of the way and pin down with bobby pins.
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ToBNatural is pictured here with a simple and beautiful braided style. Start by sectioning off a portion of the hair in the front. French braid the back section from the nape to the crown, then combine with the front section and braid to the hairline.  Lastly, tuck under and pin the end of the braid.
ToBNatural

Here is a French braided style on Itsashbee that is just breathtaking.  Again, you will section off a portion in the front and braid the back from the nape to the crown.  Then take the front, form into a ponytail, and create a combination of big and small twists.  Arrange and pin these twists to achieve a top knot bun like pictured.

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Here is a unique and beautiful take on the braid-and-bun style.  For this look, you will Dutch braid the front section towards the crown, and then blend into the remainder of the hair for a top knot bun.

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Check out this other braided style by Simeko.  To create a similar and easier look, cornrow the sides of your hair halfway towards the center, leaving the ends loose. When done, French braid the loose ends from the crown down to the nape, then tuck and pin.

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Lastly, this list cannot be complete without a slight twist on the goddess braids.  Make a side part and Dutch braid each section towards the back.  Overlap and pin down each braid, and voila!

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Natural Power of Her Blog

I’m loving these styles. It’s time for me to start braiding again.

Jianei Rinjii
Jianei Rinjii
5 years ago

I appreciate the short hairstyles BGLH and I’m being facetious.

Tiffany
Tiffany
5 years ago
Reply to  Jianei Rinjii

I agree with the attitude- even though my hair is medium length, a ton of these styles are geared towards the longer haired ladies. But I do know that most of the bun styles can be achieved with a bit of Kanekalon hair and a lot of bobby pins. Definitely more work, but still super adorable!

Myllee
Myllee
5 years ago

I ADORE updos on natural hair.

Chevanne
5 years ago

I need to learn to braid. I’ve put it off long enough. Great inspiration to get going.

Elle
Elle
5 years ago

Gorgeous! My favorite is MandaJessPanda. However with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 styles, all were done on straightened natural hair. I’d love to see a variety of styles on hair left curly.

Natural Kinky Curly Marie
Natural Kinky Curly Marie
4 years ago
Reply to  Elle

I see what you mean and it can definitely be achieved on curly/kinky hair. There are some tutorials and Pics online. Many naturals (especially type 4 hair) in everyday life, wear their hair stretched or straight most of the time; OR Stretch & Braid it down and throw Wigs on. Out there in the Real World (everyday life) you sometimes can’t tell who wears their Hair Natural or Not. All this hair & curl Hype is mostly Online in YT Videos and Blogs, but in everyday life a lot of the Ladies don’t deal with the hassle of keeping the… Read more »

TWA4now
TWA4now
5 years ago

Wow! These are ALL so beautiful!!!

Saran
Saran
5 years ago

@mekony killed it plus @itsashbee and @TobNatural

Penelope
Penelope
5 years ago

When are the style icons coming back??? This site has become less about hair and more about racism issues.

Sunshine
Sunshine
3 years ago

Why call styles french and Dutch baids? Looks like African braids to me. Self-determination, claim our own culture.

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