My Week of Mastering the Dutch Crown Braid

My Week of Mastering the Dutch Crown Braid

The art of braiding has always fascinated me, offering a unique blend of creativity, precision, and patience. Over the past few weeks, I have immersed myself in this world, starting with the basic 2,3 strand braids to Dutch braids, french braiding, and waterfall braids, moving on to box braids, and now, I am excited to share my latest experiment the dutch crown braid.

This week, I decided to challenge myself with the Dutch crown braid, a style that exudes elegance. The Dutch crown braid, also known as the halo braid, involves creating an inside-out braid that wraps around the head like a crown. It is a beautiful and intricate style, perfect for formal occasions or simply as a statement of artistry.

The first step was to gather the right tools: a fine-tooth comb, hair elastics, and a few bobby pins to secure the braid in place. Starting with a part in the middle of the head, I began the braid at the nape of the neck, working my way around the head in a counter-clockwise direction. The key to the Dutch braid is to cross the sections of hair under each other, rather than over, which creates the distinctive raised effect. As I progressed, I added small sections of hair to the braid, ensuring it stayed close to the scalp and maintained its crown-like shape.


One of the biggest challenges I faced was maintaining consistent tension throughout the braid. Unlike the simpler waterfall braid or the box braid, the Dutch crown requires a steady hand and even distribution of hair to achieve a smooth, polished look. There were moments of frustration when the braid felt too loose or uneven, and I had to restart. Another challenge was mastering the art of blending the end of the braid seamlessly into the beginning. This requires a bit of practice, but the end result is an incredibly satisfying continuous braid that looks like a single, unbroken circle.

Reflections and Connections

As I worked on perfecting the Dutch crown braid, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to my broader educational philosophy. Much like integrating technology in the classroom, learning a new braiding technique requires patience, experimentation, and a willingness to embrace mistakes as learning opportunities. The process of mastering the Dutch crown braid reminded me of the SAMR model, where each step toward proficiency represents a deeper level of integration and transformation.

In the same way that technology can enhance and transform learning experiences, mastering a new braid can enhance and transform person

al style and self-expression. The journey is not just about the end result, but about the skills and insights gained along the way.

Looking Ahead

Dutch crown braid is now a part of my repertoire, and I am eager to explore even more intricate styles and techniques. Next week I will be working on Dutch and French zigzag braids. Each new braid is a step towards greater mastery and a deeper appreciation for this timeless art form. As I continue to braid, I am reminded of the importance of continuous learning and personal growth.

3 thoughts on “My Week of Mastering the Dutch Crown Braid

  1. Hey Nikol!

    Your enthusiasm for braiding is infectious! It’s wonderful to hear about your progress and your excitement to learn more intricate styles. Your dedication to mastering this art form is truly inspiring. I’m sure anyone who has always wanted to learn how to braid will find your posts motivating and informative. Keep up the fantastic work, and happy braiding!

  2. Hi Nikol!
    Your braids look amazing! I can also feel your passion for braiding from your post! I like how you have set up your post and that you were able to pull your learning from this week back to your educational philosophy.
    Have you been practicing your braids on yourself? If so, I can imagine that adds a challenge in itself to learning to braid.
    Also, do you have any tips on how to keep a consistent tension in your braids? I occasionally dutch braid my hair and always struggle with keeping the tension.
    I am excited to see what you learn next!

  3. Hi Nicol!

    I enjoy seeing your progress with new braid hairstyles each week! Now that you’ve learned simpler styles like the waterfall braid and the box braid, and more complex ones like the Dutch crown, you can compare them and even relate them to your educational philosophy.
    I really liked how you related the SAMR model and integrating technology in the classroom to learning a new braiding technique. Great job making that connection! 🙂

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