How To Do A Waterfall Braid

Posted by March 27, 2012 10:15 am
Step 1: Prep hair by curling with an iron if you want the option of soft curls. Then, leave the front pieces out (1/2 inch to an inch in front on each side).  
Step 2: Begin braiding on your right side. For the first section, split into three (like a normal braid). Cross the right side over the middle and then cross the left section in, but instead of threading [...] 
Step 2: Begin braiding on your right side. For the first section, split into three (like a normal braid). Cross the right side over the middle and then cross the left section in, but instead of threading the left through, just drop it down so it "waterfalls." 
Step 3: For the next piece, add in your left section and your center section and then drop out your right section (essentially like French braiding, but leaving a strand to fall each time).  
Step 4: Continue down the side of your head dropping pieces out.  
Step 5: Repeat on the opposite side and secure both ends by criss-crossing bobby pins together at the back of the head.  
Step 6: Go back through your braids and loosen a bit so they aren't as taut as a French braid.  
Step 7: Show off your fancy new braid! 

Braids aren’t going anywhere, ever. They will always be the quick hairstyle that you can resort to when you are having a bad hair day, or you didn’t have time to shower, or you need to dress up for a party and need something that well, even you can handle!

Luckily, the braid is always making advancements, from the ever-famous side braid that eclipsed the Alexander Wang runways to the streets back in Spring of 2010, to the Lauren Conrad hide-my-grown-out-bangs braid. Now, one of the trendiest bangs of the moment is the waterfall braid, with gorgeous cascading pieces of hair falling out of the braid (like a waterfall).

In the above slideshow hairstylist Heather Olexa walks us through how to get the look, giving us yet another braided hairstyle to add to our books.

Photos by Spencer Wohlrab for Beauty High. Model: Natalia, Q Management

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  2. LocalSpotter says:

    Great look for spring! I have tried so many times, unsuccessful. This one probably looks great a little messy too.. will try that ;)

    1. Rachel says:

       Let us know how it goes!

  3. fmp says:

    This braid is easy to do! I love how something so simple can look so elegant!

  4. mjm says:

    what do you do at the end of the braids? if you just let go won’t it all fall out?

    1. kendra says:

      you would bobby-pin it (:

  5. Jeanie says:

    thanks for the great tutorial! i just fixed my daughter’s hair like this for her Prom.  I did spiral curls with an iron after it was braided & it looks awesome!
    Jeanie

  6. A E M says:

    How do you get a perfect result to this braid?

  7. jesi says:

    its really hard do you have tips for curly hair?

  8. Chasteen says:

    Can you do this by yourself?? And if you can’t, what braids can you do yourself??

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