Bored of Regular Braids? Try a Waterfall Hairstyle This Season

Update your mane game with a waterfall hairstyle.

Whether you just love to braid or you’re an avid Game of Thrones fan, waterfall plaits are perfect for adding instant boho-chic vibes into your hair! Fun, flirty and super-stylish, a waterfall hairstyle is also one of this season’s hottest ‘dos, being ideal for taming flyaways, while achieving a breezy and effortless look.

Now, if you thought there was only one way to rock a waterfall braid, think again! From buns to half-up, half-down ‘dos (and even bold hair colours), there are plenty of ways to make this trend your own. Want to see the proof? We’ve put together some of our favourite looks from Instagram, so just keep scrolling!

The Classic

Waterfall hairstyle: woman with ombre brunette and blonde hair styled into a waterfall braid
Waterfall hairstyle. Credit:

If you’re new to this trend, and want to take things slow, where better to start than a tried and tested classic? And what’s more, waterfall plaits look incredible on ombre tresses, as braiding around the crown really helps to accentuate the different hues!

To really tie the look together, we recommend using a curling wand to style your hair into glamorous bouncy, curlsCredit: @salongjennyosd

Woman with long curly brown hair with waterfall braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Medium-Length Hair

Loving all the amazing waterfall plait styles splayed over social media, but feel like you can’t rock the look because of your curly hair? Well, the good news is, that the waterfall braid looks great with almost any hair type!

Yes, it’s true: just take the above look as a prime example. It’s simple, fun and super chic.

Cute Pastel Colours

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Waterfall plaits from Instagram. Credit:

Rainbow hair has been a huge hit this season, and although this look might not be for everyone, it’s ideal for making a bold and colourful style statement! Featuring a whole host of pastel colours, a waterfall hairstyle is the perfect way to enhance and show off your mermaid-inspired hair.

Trust us, with this bright styling combination, no one will be able to take their eyes off you. Credit: @Shelleygregoryhair

The Triple Weave

colorful waterfall hairstyle in long wavy pink and blue hair
Colourful waterfall hairstyle. Credit:

Not satisfied with just any ordinary waterfall hairstyle? Need something that will turn heads wherever you go? Say no more. One of our favourite colourful waterfall braids has to be this beauty, which works a triple asymmetrical braid to showcase the mixture of pink and blue hair colours! Honestly, have you ever seen anything so mesmerising? Credit: @hairbyjoel

Editor’s tip: Want to rock some bold hair hues in your waterfall braid? Then you need a wash and care set that will maintain you colour’s vibrancy, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

Braided Bun

Waterfall braid bun blonde woman wearing sunglasses with her hair in a waterfall braided bun style
Waterfall braid bun. Credit:

Want to rock an intricate-looking updo for prom? Then a waterfall braid bun should be at the top of your list, especially if you’ve opted for an elegant, backless dress you need to show off! This updo not only looks amazing, but will also help keep your hair out of your face while you’re dancing the night away – see, pretty and practical! Credit: @lilithmoonlife

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