How to wear Dutch Braids 7 Different Ways

One of my go-to styles for braiding are the Dutch Braids also known as the Boxer Braids. I get asked how I do different styles all the time. Here's my secret: It's the same style of braid but just styled differently each time ;) It's all about the technique, once you've got that technique and pattern down you're all set to go!

Today instead of a DIY I thought it'd be fun to show you the different styles that you can wear to your next workout class or run that will take you from the gym to the office. There's nothing wrong with having your hair look great while you workout. Don't you feel better when you've had time to do your hair in the morning? You feel like you can conquer the day right? Well that's how it is for me when my hair stays out of the way while I'm working out. If I don't have to stop in the middle of my run or whichever class I'm in to fix my hair, I feel like I've just crushed it! 


  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Regular size hair ties (can't find yours? get some here)
  • Mini hair elastics
  • Bobby pins


Look 1: The original Dutch braids. These are so fun to wear all year round!

Look 2: Mix & Match. Instead of wearing two separate braids attach them together into a single braid at the end. This is perfect if your hair is on the shorter side or if you have layers, your braids will definitely not fall out!

Look 3: Braided Low Bun. Wear your dutch braids in a low bun. Sometimes during a HIIT workout we're doing burpees, planks, push-ups etc, so instead of having the two braids come to the front of your face or they might accidentally smack you in the face (true story it's happened to me) just tie them into a bun, and when your session is over, take that bun out and you have your regular dutch braids again! YAAY!

Look 4: Two Little Top Knots. Where are my ladies with short hair? This is perfect for you! You might be going through that stage where your hair isn't long enough to stay into two single braids, but you still want them in, braid your hair half way then tie them into two separate buns! Voila, you can still braid your hair, and keep the hair off of your neck.

Look 5: Braided Ponytail. I do this when I'm out on my long runs, and wear a hat. Like I've mentioned before I prefer to braid my hair for my long runs so it's not a big knotted mess afterward. Create the two dutch braids, half-way, tie your hair into a ponytail, and lastly, braid your ponytail! You will definitely not have a knotted mess after your run!

Look 6: Braided Top Knot. Again, the braided top knot is perfect for any length of hair and looks super cute! If you don't like wearing a top knot too high lower it, you can wear a hat while showing off that braided bun.

Look 7: Braided crown. This is my absolute favorite way to wear my hair during a workout. I do this look when usually when I have a meeting after a workout session or if I know it's going to be a busy day. Here's my tip, create a side part, do the dutch braids like you normally would. You'll have two separate braids, cross them over each other, so that they wrap the back of your head, pin on both side and wherever it feels loose. That's my little secret of how I do my braided crown. It's SO much easier than braiding my hair all the way around, although that looks really pretty too ;)

Well now you know some of my looks I wear while I'm on the run. Give these a try next time you know you have a busy day ahead of you. Give it a little spray after your workout and you'll be good to go for the day!

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Is there another braid style you'd like to see that you can wear differently but don't know how-to? Leave them in the comments below and I'll have another for you! Also don't forget you can book a 1 on 1 session or a girls night to learn how to braid. Let's get in touch and book a date soon!

Have a great hair day! xo

ps. if you'd like to do the some of these different styles search for DIY in the search option or go here here and here as a head start ;)