Waterfall Braid Tutorial

front and back of blonde haired celebrity with waterfall braids


This classic style is absolutely beautiful and a more elegant take on the braided look. It’s a technique can seem a bit confusing at first, but with a little bit of practice it can be achieved in no time. Another option is to do the waterfall braid with a twist, shown below as well!



  • Clear hair elastic
  • Miracle brush (always begin by brushing the hair throughout to gently remove any tangles)
  • Hair extensions (optional)
  • Bobby Pins


Waterfall Braid




  • Take a big section of hair from the front and separate it into 3 sections. Take the back strand and cross it over the middle, followed by the front strand and crossing it over the middle. Next, take the back section with a small new section of hair and cross it over the middle. This time leave the front section as is and take a bit of hair behind it to bring over the middle. Take a new section of hair along with the back strand and cross over the middle. Repeat the last 2 steps until you’ve reached the back of your head. Secure with a clear elastic band.


Waterfall Braid with a Twist


This is a slight alternative to the above that uses 2 strands instead of 3! It’s an easier way to create a similar look.




  • Pick up a big section of hair from the front side of your head and separate it into 2 sections. Twist one piece over the other. Now, coming from the top pick up another chunk of hair and then let it fall right through the middle. Twist the hair again. Note: a waterfall twist always has hair that comes from the top and goes through the braid/twist downward. Movement is crossing the hair over the top strand, allowing it to fall through the middle and then crossing both strands. Repeat this motion until you’ve reached the opposite side of your head and secure with a bobby pin.


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Posted: Dec 12 2016
by: Leyla Milani Hair

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