Today’s project is a waterfall braid. I’ve seen these all over Pinterest and wanted to try it for myself to see if it might work for my daughter, who has the perfect hair for braiding. This wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. If you can French braid, you can do this.

The first things is to catch your subject while she’s on Pinterest. She will stay still that way. I started a normal French braid at the front on one side. Once the braid reached her ear, I started dropping a bit of hair each time the bottom piece of the braid was about to be folded back into the braid. (Part of that third stays in the braid, part is left to drop down.)

start of braid

I kept braiding all around the back, dropping a piece of hair on the bottom side of the braid each time that side was folded into the braid. The top side of the braid is just like a normal French braid.

waterfall braid

Once I got to the other side of her head, I added in the front section of hair and rubber banded it. We were sitting at the computer so I used a real rubber band that was at the desk. She wasn’t happy with me. It wasn’t fun to get that out. If you try this, be sure to have a real hair tie handy, not a rubber band.

end of braid

Here’s how it looks from the front:

waterfall braid from front

We added a flower clip to hide the rubber band:

flower clip

Here it is from the back. Look at that nice Pinterest glow on her face. She was looking at more braids to try. :)

waterfall braid

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34 Responses to Waterfall Braid

  1. Julie says:

    I need to try this on my daughter. I love how you did the front on both sides. You have now been pinned. :)

  2. amy says:

    That’s gorgeous! I especially love the effect with the flower clip. Wish I had enough hair to do it! Would you consider sharing here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/shine-on-fridays-15-and-some-fabulous.html

  3. This is a gorgeous hair idea! I would love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend. Hope you can join in!

  4. This looks fabulous! I never mastered French braiding so way out of my league. I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

  5. Justine says:

    Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky! http://queenofsavings.com

  6. onie says:

    wow very nice I love it.

  7. This makes me sad I don’t have long hair anymore, neither do my girls. But it looks quite beautiful on your daughter. Thanks for sharing your creative inspirations over at Sunday’s Best.

  8. Kristle says:

    I just LOVE this! I did hair for almost 10 years and never learned how to do this – I’ve got to learn!

    Found you on Tip Junkie. Stop by, say hi and stay awhile~

    http://www.willblogforbeauty.com

    xo Kristle

  9. Lorrie says:

    Would be awesome if you posted a video of how to do this…I’ve never mastered French Braiding….My daughter has perfect hair for this…

  10. Memarie Lane says:

    I think this is really only suited to people with thick / full hair. I tried it on my daughter, and the hair I dropped down to the bottoms springs out because it just isn’t heavy or full enough to flow downward.

    • shannon zolar says:

      You can spray in a very diluted leave-in conditioner to help finer hair stay in a french braided style. I do that with one of my girls and it works pretty well.

  11. Erin says:

    I love it! I’m definitely trying this on my daughter today, even though her hair isn’t quite long enough. :) By the way, your daughter is gorgeous!

  12. Jeri says:

    What a cute hair style and I wish I could do the french braid. And what a beautiful little girl. You must be so proud. I need to start practicing.

  13. Oh my goodness…looks so CUTE…Love it!! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I can’t wait to see what you link up at my party tomorrow! I LOVE following you…you’re so inspiring! Just a little reminder, my giveaway for 1000 free FULL color business cards ends at midnight!! Stop by and enter to wiN!

    XO, Aimee

  14. Jami says:

    That is a beautiful braid! I’m forwarding it to my friend for her daughter! Would love for you to link up to the Tuesday to Do Party if you haven’t already!
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/02/tuesday-to-do-party-50-and-49-list.html
    Smiles!
    Jami
    http://www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

  15. Nicole says:

    This is gorgeous! I found it to be harder than it looks, but I’m going to keep trying!

  16. Pat says:

    next time you use a rubber band (If there is a next time)just cut the band with a pair of scissors & unwrap it. No tears for either of you. Beautiful hairstyle by the way.

  17. taletha says:

    your daughter is beautiful and the braid is gorgeous……id like to do it in my hair…..but i have curly hair it wouldnt look the same….

  18. Laura97 says:

    This is actually what really helped me do my braids and they come out perfect http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.ca/2012/03/how-to-do-waterfall-french-braid.html

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  20. Brit Kohl says:

    This is super cute! I wonder if I can do this to myself, or maybe I need to get my mom to help when I go visit again, lol. Anyways, the braid is cute and your daughter is very pretty. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  23. Karen says:

    I really wish you could start from the basic on this watterfall braid becasuse I dont even know how to frensh braid.

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Karen. There are LOTS of videos out there, many on YouTube, that show you just how to french braid. If you google french braid tutorial you should find several tutorials. Good luck!

  24. Tanya says:

    I Loved Waterfall Braids hairstyle. Thanks For Sharing This Tutorial. Really Very Adorable and Stunning Look.

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