Waterfall Braids: 5 Pretty and Easy Looks We Love

Try your hand at Bohemian chic hairstyles like waterfall braids this season. Choose your favorite from our top edit.

If you fancy the Bohemian trend, waterfall braids are the perfect braided hairstyle to complete your boho-inspired look. Waterfall braids go beyond a being a festival season favorite. They are also one of the cutest styles to wear a formal event, like prom or a wedding, or even a style that you can sport for something super casual, like for brunch or your beach getaway.

What we love most about waterfall braids is that the look can be worn a number of ways. From buns, side braids and simple braided ‘dos (and even with bold hair colors), there are plenty of ways to make this trend your own and have fun with it. Below, we’ve gathered five of our most favorite waterfall braids of the moment. Read on to get inspired and try this cool braided style on your hair, too:

waterfall braids: pink mermaid braid
Take your braid game up a notch with a mermaid braid style.

1. Mermaid Waterfall Braid

If you want to go all out with the waterfall braid trend, we say go for it! How about starting out with this mesmerizing mermaid waterfall braid? Looks challenging, right? We’ve got you covered with our simple mermaid hair tutorial that we know you’ll love to rock for all of your fun spring and summer outings.

waterfall braids: pastel ombre style
The best way to put your pastel ombré on display.

2. Pastel Waterfall Braids

Pastel hair colors have been surfacing on our Instagram feeds this season. We don’t know if it’s everyone’s obsession with bright color hair, or the turn of the season. Whatever it is, we love it and adding a braid to the look is just the cherry on top! The waterfall effect of this braid helps accentuate the blonde and lilac ombré look of this dye job. Keep your color (and hair) smooth and glistening with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Conditioner.

waterfall braids: bun style on blonde hair
This half-up style mixes two trends at once. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Braided Waterfall Bun

Got a fancy event on your agenda? This braided waterfall bun is appropriate. If you’re looking for an updo style that’s a little different from the ordinary, give this style a shot. Be sure to finish off your style with a flexible hold hairspray, like Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray, especially if your event calls for a night of dancing.

waterfall braids with beachy texture
Major beach vibes with this texture-full waterfall braid.

4. Textured Waterfall Hair Braid

Who says beachy hair only involves wavy hairstyles? You can create a beachy hairstyle with braids as well. If you can’t make it to the beach, however, sprinkle a bit of salt spray, like the Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, onto your hair to enhance the messy texture, then create your braid. Don’t worry much about creating a neat braid. Trust us: the messier the look the better!


waterfall braid French braid style
Keep it classy with a simple waterfall hairstyle.

5. Side Waterfall Braid

Want something a bit more understated? Go for waterfall plaits that are simple in appearance and technique. One of our favorite simple waterfall hairstyle ideas is this French braid-inspired look. Braid as closely to your hairline as possible to create the waterfall effect then fasten the ends of your hair with a hair elastic.

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