How To Do A Waterfall Braid

How to do a Waterfall Braid

How to do a Waterfall Braid

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The waterfall braid, aka the cascade braid, is one of the prettiest braided hairstyles and is probably a heck of a lot easier to do than you think. Believe it or not, the complex looking, waterfall braid is actually just a slightly modified classic French braid. Follow our step-by-step waterfall braid tutorial to learn how to do it on your own.

Step 1.

Use a wide toothed comb or brush to gently detangle and smooth all of your hair. This style looks best on straight or wavy hair, so if your hair is super curly, I would consider straightening it first.

Waterfall Braid Step 1


Step 2.

The key with this braid is to get a cascading effect, so you need to start at the top of your head. Began by gathering three 1 inch sections of your hair at the front.

Waterfall Braid Step 2
Step 3.

Now, start braiding the classic French braid by adding more strands of hair to the overlapping section as your cross over. Continue for 2-3 inches or until you reach the point where you want the waterfall effect to start.

Waterfall Braid Step 3


Step 4.

To began the waterfall, once you cross the right section over the middle, drop that section of hair completely and let it fall down. Now select another, new small section of hair near the one you just you just dropped. Gently tug on the dropped section to maintain tightness of the braid.

Waterfall Braid Step 4
Step 5.

Repeat this process, French braid the left strand, drop the right strand, select a new section, gradually cascading the braid towards the middle of your head.

Waterfall Braid Step 5


Step 6.

Once you reach the point you want to stop your braid, secure it with bobby pins. You can also braid the remaining piece of hair left from your cascade into a braid.

Waterfall Braid Step 6

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