By the point you think you have already seen all the possible ways of braids, plaits, twists and knots, stop a while and think about new braided hairstyles, just like the waterfall braids! Effortless, relaxed hair has probably never looked so chic and whimsical, as the cascade braids. Despite its quite messy aspect, this hairstyle looks so chic and elegant, dressy and nonchalant. Best of all, it works amazing both on straight and wavy hair and can be sported for various occasions. So let’s learn how to style waterfall braids to show off your princess hair for a fairytale look.
The waterfall braid is actually a version of the famous French braid, but with a more sophisticated and rather imperfect vibe. The best thing is that you can make as many variations of cascade braids as your fantasy hints you. Thus, you can style waterfall side braid or master a gorgeous waterfall do, adding freshness to your day or evening look. Moreover, you can try to incorporate other types of braids into your waterfall braid, creating a more complex and whimsical hairstyle.
How to Style Waterfall Braids
You don’t need special tools, products or styling skills for achieving this lovely hairstyle. Start with either straight or wavy hair. Create a center parting and brush out all the knots in your hair in order to be able to work easily. You can start braiding on the side you want. Let’s start from the right side, for example. Part your hair into three sections, as you usually do while plaiting a regular French braid. Start plaiting the braid, making sure you regularly drop small sections of hair at the bottom. This is, actually, the trick of styling waterfall braids!
As you go on braiding your hair, incorporate the left sections of hair into the braid and don’t forget to always drop the right section. This way, you’ll get the beautiful cascading effect. Once done with plaiting, secure the hair end with some elastic band or bobby pins and you are done!
You can leave the remaining hair fall naturally over the shoulder, creating some glamorous waves and lock, or continue braiding a simple or a fishtail braid on the side. Add some hair accessories for a more romantic look or leave your look simple, yet chic.
How to Style Waterfall Beach Braids
Another great variation of the classic waterfall braid is the beach braid. To create this look, it’s best to start with wavy hair. Start from one side of your head, for example, left and create a simple French braid. Once you have created the first full cross-over, take a section of hair right next to the braid and incorporate it into the plait from the top. Once done with this piece, leave behind the last section so that it’s not a part of the braid. Replace that stand with the hair section between your two remaining stands and add it into the braid. Now, take another adjacent section and plait it with the braid, adding in-between sections and leaving behind the back pieces. This way you’ll get the cascading effect.
Go on braiding the same pattern all the way around the top of the head, pulling the hair tighter on the left side. Once you reach the temple on the opposite side of the head, stop taking some extra stands and incorporating them into the braid, instead braiding downward. As you finish the braid, secure it with an elastic band. Next, take a small portion of hair from the end and wrap it around the elastic to conceal it.
Now, grab the front section from the right side of the head, take the first two loose sections from the original waterfall braid and start plaiting a new braid, going to the opposite direction of the first one. Follow the same pattern, as you did with the first braid, adding in new stands and leaving others behind. Make sure the second braid falls directly below the first one. Once you get to the ear, finish your braid and secure it with an elastic band, once again hiding it with a section of hair. And you are done with the waterfall beach braids!
Both the versions of waterfall braids look extra-chic and lovely. Also take a look at the great tutorial below and start practicing your skills, until you are able to style both the waterfall braid hairstyles.
Waterfall Braids Tutorial
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