Expand your braid repertoire by learning how to do a Dutch braid with five strands of hair. Usually, Dutch braids use three strands of hair, as does a traditional braid. Dutch braids look like a French braid turned inside out, because the hair is weaved under the center strand, instead of over it. For best results, wash and comb the hair before braiding it to get rid of any tangles. It is also easier to braid damp or wet hair than dry hair.
Comb the hair back over the scalp. Grab a 3-inch wide section of hair in one hand, and divide it into five equally sized strands. Hold two of the sections in your left hand and three of the sections in your right hand.
Bring the strand of hair on the far-right side under both the strand of hair just to the left of it and under the middle strand of hair. The far-right strand should now be in the center.
Bring the far-left strand of hair under the strand just to the right of it and under the center strand. The far-left strand of hair will now be in the center.
Grab some more hair from the right side of the head, and add it to the strand that is now on the far right. Bring that strand under the strand just to the left of it and then under the center strand.
Add more hair from the left side of your head to the strand on the far left, then move that strand under the strand to the right of it and under the middle strand.
Continue to add more hair to the strands as you work your way down the scalp, bringing the strands on the far right and left under the two strands to the side of them.
When you have about 2 inches of hair left, secure the braid with a hair elastic. You can secure the braid earlier if the strands are getting so short that it is difficult to braid them.