You've heard of French braids, but have you heard of Dutch braids? The style is similar but just slightly different. (Think of it like knitting, with French braids being the "knit" and Dutch braids as the "purl.") For these braids you actually braid the side strands of hair behind the middle section of hair, instead of on top as with the French style. If you're scratching your head at what I mean, check out this numbered step-by-step tutorial.
How-To: Learn a Dutch Braid