The "Outtie" Braid | Dutch Braid

Now that you have had a few days to try out the French Braid, I would like to add to your knowledge. I had a sweet mother send me some pictures today of the french braids on her daughter. She did a fantastic job on the braids, especially as she stated that she was a beginner french braider. She had a great variation of the French Braid, with a difference I will explain.

Reverse French Braid

There are two types of basic French Braids. The first is your very traditional french braid as seen in my previous tutorial. The second braid is EXACTLY the same except for one small deviation in braiding. By implementing this one change, you get a french braid that pops out of the hair. I call them Outtie French Braids (also known as Reverse French Braid), and the photos above are one from my daughter and another from the dear mother who wrote me today.

So here is how to reverse the braid to an “outtie” braid:

*Note* You will understand this better if you have already watched the video tutorial on the last post.

When French braiding, I refer to the stranding of pieces A, B, and C. Piece B is always the middle piece and A & C alternate switching places with B (with A or C always coming over the top of B) as you braid down. Again, if you are confused watch the video. To create the outtie French braid, A & C alternate switching places with B (with A or C always coming under strand B) as you braid down. Get it? Sorry if that is confusing.

That simple change causes the hair to pop out quite dramatically and actually looks really fun, sort of like corn rows. Also don’t forget that French braids are great the next day if you just brush them out and leave the hair wavy as seen on my “Second Day Do’s“.

A quick comparison:

An “Innie” French Braid:French Braid
An “Outie” French Braid:Reverse French Braid

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. Hi Ms. Mindy! I am 13 years old and absolutely LOVE your hairstyles! I practice them on my sister and on myself all the time!! I will have to send you some pictures of some of the hairstyles I did, but I have a suggestion: I just came home from a 5 day field trip and we were in some HOT weather (I live in a very cold area) so I always needed my hair up. I used tons of your hairstyles from memory but I thought it would be a good idea to have a part in your website that has tons of different hairstyles for hiking and stuff. I’m a girl who always wants her hair out of her way, so I thought it would be pretty neat. Just an idea, thanks again for all the AMAZING hairstyles and tips!

  2. Are these good styles to do at shoulder length? That’s where my hair is and I ~LOVE~ these hair styles! Also could you make a video of how to do the outie braid?

  3. I would love to see a video of this “outtie” braid as well ~ thanks!
    Anytime I use one of your hairstyles on my daughter, I get compliments! Thanks for making it easy ~

  4. Hello. I am only 11 but I love your videos and my Dad does all the do’s on me. I am just wondering when you will post how to do a basic french braid because I can’t Thank you!


  5. Hey , I’m 13 years old and I ALWAYS watch your videos! they are absoulutely amazing! My mom watches them too and does them to me! 🙂 anyway…. I’m not sure if your daughters dance but I do dance (acrobatics, ballet, Jazz) and I ALWAYS do the simple- ponytail, pigtails, messy bun, tight bun and french braids , and i was wondering if you had any cute hairdos to o to dance class?! the help would be much appreciated 🙂 thanks so much and keep up the good work!

    -Bow Chicka Wow Wow,
    McKenna 😉

  6. hi mindy! thanks to your great hairstyles i get compliments at my 5yr old daughters pre-k all the time! even my husband tries ur daddy do’s. we r sooo happy ur web site exists, for hairdo challenged parents like us! the hernandez fam.

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