From milkmaid, French to normal braids, this year, our social media feeds are full of stunning braids, but amidst all this the one hairstyle which caught our attention was the waterfall braid. This whismical braid has a romantic feel with draping pieces that make it appear to be more challenging than it really is. After stumbling upon this waterfall braid on pinterest few days earlier, I decided to recreate this simple but trendy hairstyle that am sure even you all can easily try at home. And the most amazing part about this hairstyle is that it is made for leaving half of your smooth hair down, this way you can display your silky, long locks.

So keep reading to learn the hairstyle from our step-by-step tutorial!

Waterfall Braid hairstyle

This is also a subdivision of the French Plait where you add more sections of hair on one side while on the other side you will drop the existing section and pick up a section from right behind the dropped section. Pretty confusing right? No worries in the article below we  have appended this pictorial to give you a visual.


When waterfall braiding you hair remember to start with detangled hair. Apply a good serum, like Target Up & Up Hair Detangler, which will not only help in detangling your hair but will also add shine. I have used a paddle brush to get the soft and manageable bombshell hairstyle.

Once done, directionally blow your hair off the face and if required spray it down with Garnier Fructis Style Volumizing Anti Humidity Hairspray. Now, for the front section of I took a middle partition, you can pick as per your choice.

how to make a waterfall braid

1. Pick up a section of hair from the side and start with a regular braid by dividing the hair into 3 sections: Top [T], Middle [ M ] and Bottom [ B ]. Braid the hair normally for 2 cycles.

2. For the 3rd cycle pick up a section of hair from the parting and combine it with the T section and braid.

3. Now drop the B section.

4. Pick up a section from right behind the B section.

5. Combine both the above picked section of hair into the braid

6. Continue the same process till you reach your ear.

7. From the ear braid normally till you reach the end of your hair and secure with elastic.

8. You can either leave the braid or pull it behind and secure it with bobby pins forming a band. Once done, secure your hairstyle with a strong-hold hairspray, I have used Kevin Murphy Session Spray

You can actually continue the process around the head to get a wonderful band and a more prominent look of the waterfall sections. I haven’t mastered that yet but got excited to share the technique with you all so ended it with a braid and presented the pictorial. Hope you liked the pictorial and now I am eagerly waiting for your feedback and queries

Tip: For a more playful look, you can give your hairstyle a messy look or add curls to your tresses. For the messy look, just pull on the braid a bit to loosen it and for that spiral curls wrap your small sectioned hair around a medium-sized curling tong. Now, comb out the spirals to create that perfect waves. Just add a fancy embellished headpiece to make this look a must-have hairstyle for bridesmaids, boho or even for garden wedding.

So, how classy and easy is this simple waterfall braids? Tempting aren’t they? If you are a beginner, then the braiding may take a bit of your time, but once perfected it is very easy to do and besides, the braids are definitely worth trying. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! We value readers’ feedback.

  • Chitra

    i have watched so many of this waterfall braid tutorial but this one is the easiest to understand vish thanks to you!! lol le’me try

    • Vish

      hello Chitra
      thanks a lot and i felt v happy to know that :)

  • LoukyaVerma

    hi vish!! how come you know all the haristyles and so good at it? its
    best waterfall braid tutorial ever!! helps so much and its super simple Thank you!!

    • Vish

      hello Loukya :) <3
      thanks a lot dear for your lovely comment
      i love playing wid my hair and do spend some good amt of time trying to mend my stubborn hair :P

  • Bansari

    Loved this tutorial. I literally watched it like 10 time for I can learn. Ima slow learner ;) 3

    • Vish

      thanks a lot Bansari
      v glad u liked it dear :) :)

  • Manjari Singh

    easy and nice Waterfall Braid tutorial