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Dookie Braids: How to Get This Throwback Braided Hairstyle

Last updated Jun 25, 2024

Dookie braids are definitely a look you should try. If you're a beginner and need a step-by-step guide, this article is for you. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know to get this look in your own home.Let's get started.

Before you begin styling, make the following preparations:

Before you begin styling, make the following preparations:

Rat tail comb
Wide-tooth comb
Hair dryer (optional)
Grease or oil for the scalp
Moisturizer for your hair
Hair conditioner
A heat source such as a microwave or oven
A pot or microwave-friendly bowl
Leave-in conditioner
Moisturizing cream
Edge control
An edge brush
Braids (optional). Most people who try Dookie braids use braids to thicken and lengthen their braids. You don't need to buy braided hair if you have a lot of hair and don't want your braids to be super long.

Tutorial for Dookie Braid Hair

First step: wash your hair.

This will remove any excess product from your hair or scalp, as well as any buildup, dirt, or dead skin cells. Leaving all of this gunk in your hair will not only cause an itchy scalp, but it will also make your braids look dirty. So, take the time to properly wash your hair.

Use a different shampoo if you have visible buildup in your hair or on your scalp. Switch to a clarifying shampoo for a more thorough clean than your regular shampoo.

After washing, always condition or deep condition your hair. Washing your hair will remove some of the moisture from it. You must replenish this moisture to keep your hair healthy.

It is ideal to detangle your hair after it has been coated with a conditioner or deep conditioner. Using a wide-tooth comb, section your hair.

When combing your hair in sections, begin at the ends and work your way up to the roots. Continue to the next step as long as your hair is tangle-free.

Step 2: Moisturize your hair.

For a few weeks, your hair will be tucked into the braid. As a result, you should hydrate your hair before braiding it.

If you're at a loss for what to do, simply use a spray leave-in or an oil of your choice, followed by your favorite moisturizer. This should be enough to keep your hair hydrated for the duration of the style for most people.

Step 3: Make sections in your hair.

Your hair is now clean, moisturized, and combed through. It's time to begin parting your hair. Dookie braids are very large, so your part should be large as well. The weight of the braid will pull your roots down and increase the likelihood of breakage. Err on the side of too big rather than too small when parting your hair.

Step 4: Braid each section separately.

Apply a generous amount of edge control to the roots of a section of hair. Smooth the hair with your fingers or an edge brush to reduce flyaways. Then, braid the braided hair from root to tip with your natural hair. Braid with tension, regardless of method.

This means holding your hair taut as you pass one section through another. This will reduce the amount of frizz you see in the coming days and weeks. You should also braid your hair all the way to the ends. Loose ends are uncommon in traditional Dookie braids.

Repeat for the remainder of the section, or until all of your natural hair is braided.

Step 5: Tie the braid's ends together.

Seal up the ends of your braided hair. Untying braids can be a real chore. The soak method is the most dependable method of braid sealing. It is necessary to soak your braids in extremely hot water in order to freeze the hair into clumps.

However, this method is not suitable for all hair types, so check with the manufacturer of your braids before you begin.

Instructions for dipping and sealing braids.

Instructions for dipping and sealing braids.

Heat some water in the microwave or on the stove. The water should be hot enough to boil.
To avoid burns, wrap a towel around your neck.
Allow another person to dip the end of your braid into the water. To achieve a reliable seal, they should dip a few at a time and swirl each strand in the water for a few seconds.
They should take the braids out and dry them with a towel.
Then, style your edges with edge control and a toothbrush or edge brush.

This will shine up your braids. However, because your braids are large, using too much baby hair for the edges will result in unwanted frizz.

Finally, at the end of your braid, trim any stray hairs. This is an optional step that will improve the appearance of your braid. It's fine if you skip this step.

What to do and what not to do about Dookie braids?

What to do and what not to do about Dookie braids?

Here are some dos and don'ts to help you achieve the best results possible. They will be especially useful if you are a beginner who has never braided your own hair.


Braid tightly to reduce flyaways.
Take your time - neatness matters more than speed.
To extend the life of your hairstyle, wrap it in a silk or satin scarf at night.
Use edge control on your roots before braiding each section for a neat braid.
Don't let your role become too small.
Don't buy hair extensions unless you know they can be sealed with hot water.
Braiding your hair too tightly at the roots can cause traction alopecia.

To summarize

You now know everything there is to know about braiding your own or someone else's hair. As you can see, it's a fairly complex procedure.

You can, however, achieve clean, sleek pigtails at home with a little time and effort. Simply follow the steps outlined above. We hope you found this information useful, and we wish you the best of luck with your hair transformation.

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