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The waterfall braid gives a cute twist to a normal french braid. It looks great on its own, but you can also curl it, swoop it to the side, do a ponytail, or create a bun!

Hair style was done by Sharelle Loudd at Beautique Salon in San Jose, CA. She was awesome enough to demonstrate this technique while we documented the process. Any mistakes are ours.

Beautiful photography by audreyobscura!

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Step 1: Prep your hair

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First of all, I have pretty long hair. You do not need really long hair for this.

Smooth the hair from front to back. You can use a dime sized amount of Biosilk for hold.

Step 2: Start the braid

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Start with a 2 inch section at the crown of the head, near a center part. You are going to start by sort of following the hairline.

Separate into three strands and start your braid. Take the strand closest to your face; put it underneath the top strand. Take the strand closest to the top of your head, and do two turns. So, braid the hair normally for about a half an inch to an inch.

Okay, here is where the waterfall comes in. Take a strand of hair from the top of the head and feed that into the braid with the hair. Bring it into your braid like you would normally, but then bring it all the way through and let it hang down. Another strand from the braid is going to go on top of it and hold it in place.

So as you braid what you are doing is grabbing from the top and bring that through to hang down, and then to continue the braid grab hair from below the braid and add that to the braid to replace what you dropped. (so much braid talk!)

The GIF below shows the method really well.

waterfall braid gif

nlopez7411 months ago

I was my hair with herbal essences shampoo about every other day and that's it.

bagnitsch1 year ago

Yes. Your hair is very lovely and long. Must have taken years.

Abigail021 year ago
Still beautiful hair!
joey561 year ago
patsheldon1 year ago

Gorgeous!! I'm all thumbs there's no way I could do this! lolol But it looks great on you!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  patsheldon1 year ago

You should give it a try! I'm going to :D

Abigail021 year ago
Is your hair naturally red?!?!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Abigail021 year ago

Unfortunately no :( This was after I dyed my hair pink and with my natural brownish blonde shade, it was kind of reddish for a while. I used to dye my hair red a lot, but haven't done it as much lately. So hard with so much hair :)

Abigail021 year ago
Looove your long flowing hair!!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Abigail021 year ago

Thank you!

sunshiine1 year ago

Wow you have long hair! It is beautiful. I loved the illustration gif! thanks so much for sharing this ible.


Penolopy Bulnick (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Thank you for coming by sunshiine!

amalkhan1 year ago

Great images! Please feel to use my head in any future awesome hair 'ibles.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  amalkhan1 year ago

Thanks! Audrey did an awesome job on the photos!

It's so pretty! I tried a waterfall braid once, it didn't really go as planned :) I think I should give it a second try :D

Definetly! I still need to try it on myself :)

Mielameri1 year ago
Beautiful; love waterfall braids!
Your hair is so long! You should do an ible on tips for how to grow/maintain long mermaid hair :)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Mielameri1 year ago

I honestly have no tips. I don't use any product on my hair, I never blow dry (I once in a while use a straightener but that's it), I was my hair with herbal essences shampoo about every other day and that's it. No secrets here :) Also, I just never cut it, like ever!

that is the secret of your beautiful hair...

Love your hair! the waterfall braid looks perfect. I'm growing my hair long too and your tips would be really helpfull :)

Thanks! Honestly have no tips :) Just wash and comb.

Those GIFs are so great, they really help illustrate what's going on

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago

I'll admit they are pretty rad.

how did you get your hair so long did it take...amazing instructions

Thanks! I honestly just never cut it!