Waterfall braid how to: A step-by-step tutorial

Jeanette | 08 September 2016

Want to know how to make a waterfall look with a difference? Then learn how to waterfall braid in beautiful curls, right here!


Be honest: you’ve been eyeing up the waterfall braid on Instagram for a while now, haven’t you? Well, it’s not surprising, because for most people (and us!) this pretty plait is high on the braids lust list. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of creating this easy, step-by-step waterfall plait guide to finally help you master this Insta-worthy braid!

Now, this isn’t just your standard waterfall braid tutorial – oh no! This is a waterfall braid with curls, making for an even more stunning look. So keep scroll and follow our simple waterfall braid steps below…

A step-by-step guide on how to do a waterfall braid


Wash your hair.

Before you start creating your waterfall braid, wash your hair with the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

It’s gentle enough for everyday use, and if you have coloured hair it’s great for helping to leave your coloured tresses feeling silky and manageable everyday.


Prep and curl your hair.

Now your hair is clean and dry, it’s time to prep it for styling. To really nail the romantic waterfall plait, we suggest lightly curling your hair to create soft, effortless waves.

But before you do this, spray your hair with the VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Spray, as this will help protect your hair from tempertatures up to 230°C.

Then, starting at the front, loosely place a couple inches of your hair into the curling tong and turn it away from your face. Hold for a couple of seconds, then release. Repeat this process with the rest of your hair.


Weave your waterfall braid.

Once your hair has been curled, create a side parting using the tip of your comb. To learn how to do a waterfall braid, take 1-2 inches of hair from next to your parting and divide it into 3 equal sections.

Begin weaving your braid across the back of your crown by crossing the section of hair nearer to the top of your head over the middle section. Then cross the bottom section over the (new) middle section.

Now, these next waterfall braid steps are crucial: pick up a new top section, cross over the middle section and then drop it. After crossing the bottom section over your dropped section, begin the weaving process again, working your way around the crown of your head.


Final look.

For the final step in learning how to waterfall braid, continue the weaving process until you get to the other side of your head. When you have reached the other side of your crown end with a 3-strand plait, securing it with a clear elastic band.

Editor’s tip: To finish this waterfall braid tutorial, complete your ‘do with a spritz of the Toni & Guy Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray. And just like that your waterfall braid with curls is complete!


Loved learning how to make a waterfall look with a difference? Then don’t forget to check out the braid challenges that are part of our brand new Style It On series, with beauty vloggers Nikki Phillippi and Breanna (AKA Mini Marley).

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