Waterfall braid

Beautiful braids have the power to take any sunshine-ready ensemble from drab to fab in a mere matter of minutes. And while they may look intricate to the most novice of hair stylists, we’ve decoded one of the most detailed of ‘dos – the waterfall braid.

A cross between summer beach waves and a mermaid-inspired look, our boho chic rendition of the classic hairstyle is sure to make a splash this season.

What will I need to Achieve the Waterfall Braid Look?

  • Detangler brush
  • Heat protecting spray
  • Curling wand
  • Hair grips and clip (for sectioning hair)
  • Tail comb
  • Hair serum
  • Hairspray
TRESemmé TRESemme Protect Heat Defence Styling Spray 300ml £2.61 Buy Now
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Step 1 – Brush hair & spray 

Waterfall Braid 1

Using a detangler, brush out any knots and apply heat defence spray all-over for a silky smooth starting point.

Step 2 – Section off hair & clip

Waterfall Braid 2

Separate hair into two sections (top and bottom) to aid the curling process. Fasten hair with a grip or clip, depending on the thickness to keep the layers defined.

Step 3 – Create curls with wand

Waterfall Braid 3

Using a styling wand, begin curling sections of hair – starting from the bottom layer before working up to the pinned back top layer. The aim is to create loose curls, not tight, so it is easy to braid after, so don’t keep hair on the heat for too long. Brush through curls with your fingers to create a more textured finish.

Step 4 – Create a centre parting 

Waterfall Braid 4

Create a central parting with the help of a tail comb. For a super straight line, position the comb in the centre of your nose and follow it all the way up. 

Step 5 – Smooth over with serum

Waterfall Braid 5

Apply a couple of pumps of serum to your hands and work through the fresh curls.

Step 6 – Begin braiding

Waterfall Braid 6

Now your hair is ready to begin the braiding process. Starting first with one side of the head, create three sections and begin a normal braid (overlap the two outer sections over the central section). Then start adding a section of hair from the top into the braid, by overlapping the centre section. Once overlapped, let this section of hair drop after pulling the tight for a neat waterfall effect. Then grab a section from the bottom and overlap the centre section until it reaches the top of the braid. Grab a piece from the top and overlap again. Repeat this technique until the braid is at your desired length and fasten with a hair grip. 

Step 7 – Braid the other side

Waterfall Braid 7

Moving onto the other side, begin the same braiding technique from step 6 and fasten with hair grip.

Step 8 – Smooth over with serum

Waterfall Braid 8

Apply hair serum to the sections of hair that have been dropped in the braid to define the waterfall finish.

Step 9 – Hold in place with hairspray

Waterfall Braid 9

Finish your look with hairspray.

All done - looking great!

Waterfall Braid