Last month, a team of Aveda Institute students took over Ryerson University with a pop-up braid bar that served up cool style to incoming students on a hot day in downtown Toronto. Among the numerous styles created by our stellar students, the Dutch braid stole the show as the most highly requested plait of the day.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, It-girls, hair gurus and Instagram trendsetters alike have been all about the Dutch Braid (more commonly known as the Boxer Braid) for the past few months. These interwoven tresses have popped up on our radar in every context from high society events to wearable, go-to gym style. Braids themselves have always been a simple and timeless look, but there’s no denying that Boxer Braids have an edge unlike the others. And while they do seem counter-intuitive when compared with a traditional French braid, the style is actually much easier to achieve than you might initially think. Follow Aveda Institute student Paulina’s step-by-step guide below to create your own Insta-worthy Boxer Braids at home!
1. Start with applying Aveda Dry Shampoo to the roots of your hair, instantly refreshing your style on non-wash days. This also adds some texture to better hold styles like braids.
2. Next, part the hair straight- down the middle- into a center part and split the back in two separate sections. Tie one section into a bun to keep it out of the way while working on the other side.
3. Grab three small pieces of hair (a little less then half an inch) at the hairline.
4. For the Dutch braid it’s key to remember that each of the three pieces are weaved under each piece, rather than over (the opposite to a French braid). The right piece (piece A) goes under the middle, then the piece on the left (piece B) goes under the piece that was just brought to the middle (piece A).
5. For every piece of hair from the right (piece A) and left (piece B) that are picked up, its important to gather more hair from the root underneath to add to that piece (about ½ to ¾ inch).
6. Repeat the pattern of crossing the right under the middle, and then the left under that piece while gathering hair all the way down.
7. Once you have reached the nape of the neck, continue the braid like you would a regular braid continuing the pattern.
8. Tie it off at the end with a small elastic.
9. Repeat the process on the other side.
Pro Tip: Remember to maintain consistent tension all the way down the braid keeping your fingers close to the head while braiding down to ensure the braid stays tight. If desired, the braids can always be loosened after they are complete.
“I enjoy being apart of events like the braid bar at Ryerson because it's a good opportunity to build/expand your clientele and get your name out. It's also a great way to practice your craft. Getting the extra hours is definitely an appreciated bonus. I am a big fan of braids. I actually specialize in braiding so the braid bar was a lot of fun for me. I believe that braids suit almost everyone and can be worn for pretty much any event or occasion, especially because there are so many styles and designs you can do with braids; the options are unlimited. This was a great experience and I would love to participate again in the future. To anyone that's interested, take advantage of these volunteer opportunities, it’s an amazing way to promote yourself!”
-Paulina, Aveda Institute Toronto Student