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Waterfall Braid

THE LOOK

This style uses the French braiding technique, but instead of picking up a new section of hair from the bottom, you allow it to flow through, creating a cascading waterfall effect. This braid can be done in any length of hair, from chin-length bob to very long. The stunning waterfall braid is perfect for long days on the beach and casual outdoor parties and is a gorgeous choice for the boho bride. It takes some practice to perfect but looks fabulous when you get it right!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Hard

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Any

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

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

ACCESSORIES

The beauty of this braid lies in the elegant falling sections, so you don’t have to decorate this style further. For a sweet touch you could finish the braid off with a simple ribbon or weave a daisy chain through the waterfall.

TRY THIS

You can start from the left and work right, depending on which side you prefer to part your hair. This braid forms part of the waterfall bun and can be doubled up to form a double waterfall braid.

Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Mindy McKnight.
Bottom : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher

HOW TO GET IT WATERFALL BRAID

1). Brush all of your hair back and away from your face. If you have bangs, you can leave them out. To start, take a 1- to 2-inch section of hair from the left side of your head and split it into three equal parts.

2). Begin braiding by crossing section 1 over 2 and then section 3 over 1. Add in hair from the top of your head to section 2 and then cross it over section 3.

3). Next, instead of crossing section 1 over 2, drop it out and pick up a new piece of hair from just behind it. Cross this over section 2 and continue braiding.

4). Only add in hair from the top, and drop out the bottom piece as you go, remembering to pick up a new piece from behind it.

5). When you reach the right side, stop adding in hair, finish off the waterfall braid, and secure with an elastic (see the Top Tip for finishing ideas).

TOP TIP

There are two ways to finish off your waterfall braid: in a regular braid or in a loose ponytail. Reach your arm right over your head when you start, and every time you grab a section of hair from the top of your head, add it to the braid, let it drop, and replace it with a  new section.

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