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French Braid vs Dutch Braid

One of the most well-known types of braids is the French braid. The technique shares some key similarities with Dutch braids. Both are three-strand braids that gradually add more hair as they taper down. However, they have some key differences. While French braids use an overhand weaving technique to create a smooth and seamless look, Dutch braids use an underhand method. You can think of a Dutch braid as reverse French braid, as the braid ‘stands up’ rather than lying flat.

Dutch Braid vs Cornrows

Dutch braids and cornrows have some similarities, as they are both created using the underhand braiding technique. This gives both styles a raised look, as opposed to the flat appearance of French braids. However, the key difference between these two underhand braids is the tightness and the volume of the plait. When braiding cornrows, all of each section of hair is braided in pulling the hair tightly closer to the scalp; meanwhile, Dutch braids are looser and have more volume. This difference is what gives cornrows their distinctive look, with visible ‘rows’ of skin. In contrast, a Dutch braid looks more like an inverted French braid.

Box Braids

In short, they’re braids that get their name from the square shape in which the hair is sectioned off. They’re most often installed with extensions and come in a range of lengths, sizes, and colors. If you’re thinking of getting the style yourself, there are a couple of things you should know. 

First, you should treat and trim your hair prior. Natural hair is often blow-dried out beforehand to make the installation process easier for your stylist. Make sure you're conscious of the sensitive parts of your scalp during the braiding process. If you have a thin or weak hairline, then you shouldn’t put excess tension on those areas.

Once you have your box braids in, it’s easy to forget about your actual from-the-root hair which, yes, still requires moisturizing. Products that have penetrating ingredients like coconut oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil are great to use while wearing these styles. As for when to take them down, we recommend keeping them in for two months maximum.