Faux Hawk Braid : Dutch Braiding with an Edge
Last Friday night, we went out to see comedian Iliza Schlesinger for her Chicago show. I wanted to do something different than my normal hair twist into waves (see the no-heat tutorial here on the blog) and not just a blowout for straight hair...so I tried a Faux Hawk Braid and LOVED IT!
It was easier than I thought, and I have been obsessed with Dutch Braids lately, I love how 3 dimensional they look as they "pop-up" more than just a French braid.
EDIT/UPDATE::--Video tutorial NOW UP on my YouTube channel on got I got theverything Dutch Braid for this look!--
How I did it:
1. First I sprayed some dry shampoo to give it more texture to work with so it's not too smooth & slippy
2. Made the voluminous bump in the front with some light back combing & pinned securely.
3. Started braiding the Dutch braid aka an "inverted braid" because you weave the pieces opposite of a French braid.
--Tip: still braid it TIGHTLY, the loosening and "pancaking" will come at the end--
If you have shorter or fine hair, you can add extentions for leg the or volume, but I have REALLY thick hair with substantial length so this is all my real hair.
4. Braid all the way to the end & secure with a clear elastic band.
5. Vertically pin the sides of the braid to hold it in place.
6. PANCAKE! Pancaking a Dutch braid refers to the process of flattening/pulling on the braid to add volume and it looks awesome the more you pancake! I would even pancake MORE the next time I did it!
Honestly, as I was pulling out and expanding my inverted braid, I really thought I was doing a lot of pancaking... but looking back at pictures now, I think I could do even MORE!
Final step: hair spray like cray, and comb flat on the sides for more edgy contrast!
I want to see your pictures of your awesome Faux Hawk Braids! Hashtag #ladypetershair & send them to me instagram @ladypeters and Twitter @ladypetersa !