Searching for a fancy hairstyle for a wedding? Or for a special night out? Have we got something for you: Waterfall braids. This plaited style is a romantic variation of the French braid, and is sure to attract attention on any occasion. The eye-catchingly chic “waterfall” effect is caused by omitting a strand at each step of the braiding process. The upper parts of the hair hold a romantic braid, while the lengths fall loosely, one after another – like a waterfall. Here’s your how to…
Create your own waterfall braids
Unlike some other braided styles, waterfall braids work with many hair types and cuts: long or short, smooth or curly. With a little practice, you can easily achieve the look:
- Create a side part. Beginning on the longer side, take a section from near your forehead and subdivide it into three sections. Begin braiding as though you’re creating a conventional braid – i.e. let all three strands cross.
- When creating the second step of the braid, leave the lower strand hanging, and instead pick up a directly adjacent strand to continue.
- As with a French braid, gather a little more hair to the upper section and braid it in.
- Drop the lower strand again, and once again pick up and braid an adjacent new strand.
- The waterfall plait can be braided around the back of the head or end over the ears. When you reach the end, fix with a hair tie, bobby pins and hairspray.