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Waterfall Twist Braid

THE LOOK

The waterfall twist is a variation of the waterfall braid. Instead of braiding with three sections, however, you braid with just two, and the falling waterfall sections drop between the twists without being incorporated into the actual braid. Because this is a more informal version of the waterfall braid, it’s perfect for more relaxed situations—an evening with friends, a day with family—but it will receive just the same amount of attention.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

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

Clip a bow or pretty barrette to the end of the waterfall twist. Ribbon can also be weaved through the finished braid to add color and draw attention to the twist.

TRY THIS

If your hair is long, try stretching one twist all the way around your head.

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Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Mindy McKnight.
Bottom left : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.
Bottom right : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by An Ly.

HOW TO GET IT WATERFALL TWIST BRAID

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins

1). Start by brushing all of your hair through to remove any knots and catches, and then take a large section on the right side of your head. Split this into two equal sections and twist the top section around the bottom section.

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2). Take a section of hair from above the twist and place it in between the two twisting pieces. It doesn’t connect, it just goes straight through.

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3). Twist the two original pieces. Take another section from above the twist and place it in between again. Keep twisting and placing new pieces of hair in between each twist. You should get three to four twists.

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4). When you reach the back center of your head, twist the two sections around again and weave a bobby pin through to secure the braid to the back of your head.

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5). Repeat on the other side, twisting and adding sections that fall through the twists. When you reach the back where the right braid finishes, add one more section through, twist together, and pin in place.

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TOP TIP : Be sure the sections that fall through the twists are the same size; if they’re different, the braid will look uneven. As you’re not really adding any hair into this braid other than the two original sections, make sure you take a large enough section to twist.

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