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Double Waterfall Braid

THE LOOK

This hairstyle creates a double layer of waterfall braids by incorporating the “falling” parts of the braid twice. You’ll do this by making two separate braids, one above the other, or by making a single braid that turns and repeats under the first braid in a sweeping fashion. Because of its complexity and intricacy, this style would be a great look for a special event like a wedding or a significant birthday—in other words, a time when you’ll be photographed a lot!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Hard

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes, but you can do this in your own hair with practice.

ACCESSORIES

This elegant braid doesn’t need any further decoration, but you can finish the waterfall braids in regular braids and add small bows at the end of each.

TRY THIS

You can either create this look with two separate braids, one above the other, or by turning your waterfall braid around and incorporating the falling parts in the braid below. Instead of letting the top section fall through the second braid, combine it into a Dutch braid for a faux bob finish.

Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Abby Smith/Twist Me Pretty.
Bottom left : Hairstyling and photography by Erica Gray Beauty Company, modeling by Joanna Wilkinson.
Bottom right : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by Sophia Phan.

HOW TO GET IT DOUBLE WATERFALL BRAID

1). Brush your hair and make a waterfall braid across the back of your head (see pages 102–103). Use a clear elastic to secure the ends of the braid and leave the rest in a loose ponytail.

2). Start the second waterfall braid 1 to 2 inches below the start of the first braid. Take a 1- to 2-inch section of hair and split it into three.

3). Braid together, crossing section 1 over 2, then section 3 over 1. Add the first cascading section from the first waterfall braid into section 2 and cross it over section 3.

4). Instead of using section 1 to cross over 2, drop it out, and pick up a new piece of hair from behind it. Cross this over section 2 and continue the braid. Continue, adding in the falling pieces of hair from the top waterfall braid, dropping out the bottom piece, and picking up a new piece just behind it.

5). When you reach the right side, stop adding in hair and secure both braids together with a small clear elastic, or finish in a basic braid.

TOP TIP : The key to this style is to include the falling sections from the top braid into the braid below. When braiding someone else’s hair it’s much clearer to see which sections to add. To keep track of this in your own hair, you can section off each cascading piece with an elastic.

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