How to Do a Waterfall Braid





Introduction: How to Do a Waterfall Braid

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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!

Step 1: Prep Your Hair

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

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

Step 3: Creating the Waterfall

You will be doing this trick of bringing hair from the top and letting it hang down every time you go to grab hair from the top of your head to feed that into the braid. As you can see there is a strand hanging down every time you grab hair from the top.

In this first image, you can see the hair you took from the top and is now hanging down. You can also see the other strand of the braid that is holding it in place.

As you work, take the middle strands you just brought in from the top and throw it over the back of your hand to get it out of the way and get a clear view of the hair you are grabbing and adding to the braid from underneath.

Step 4: Continue Braid

Continue braiding along the head swirling the braid along your head down to your opposite ear.

Step 5: Braid and Secure

As you can see in the images, the braid was started at the crown of my head and swooped down around the other side until we almost reached my ear. Once you get it as long as you want it, braid it for a few more inches and then tie it off. You want to be able to hide the end under your hair so go a little ways until you think you can hide it.

Step 6: Finished!

Wrap around the back of your head and secure with bobby pins and you are done!



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    That is really cool! Have you ever done it on yourself? I really want to do it, but can't see it going well ( I've almost had to cut my hair because of hairdo's gone wrong on several occasions, and don't really want to again.). And do you know of anything other than biosilk to use? I have one hair product that I use, and it's Fructis Sleek and Shine, intensly smooth leave in conditioner. Really Cool instructable! Thanks for posting it!!!

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    I have not actually tried this on myself yet :( I do want to tho. I actually don't use much in regards to hair products, so I'm not the best for giving advice there. I'm glad you like the hairstyle tho. It was fun having it done to me :)

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

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

    Still beautiful hair!

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

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    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 :)

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


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

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    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

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    Beautiful; love waterfall braids!
    Your hair is so long! You should do an ible on tips for how to grow/maintain long mermaid hair :)

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    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!