Waterfall braids are one of the most unique hairstyles often done on various special occasions. The waterfall braid itself often wraps around the head at a certain point and the rest of the hair is able to cascade down from it. This is how the waterfall braid took its name. Some waterfall styles are up-dos but the hair is able to cascade down in different ways.
The Best Waterfall Braids for Women
At first, waterfall braid hairstyles may seem hard to do, but once you learn how to do them then you will find that they are much easier than you think. Practice on a friend’s hair before moving onto your own, and you will soon be able to create a whole range of waterfall styles. However, some of the styles that you are about to see may still require the help of your stylist. You can also see these amazing fishtail braid styles.
#1: Stepped Side Braid
This amazing effect is created by alternating which sections of hair are included in the braid. For each new section of hair that you take from the top to include in your braid, you should drop a section of hair out of the braid at the bottom.
#2: Double Feeder Wrap Around Waterfall Braid
Create a braid close to the top of your head with sections of hair that drop out as new pieces are pulled in from the roots. Use the sections of hair which drop out of the top braid to feed into the secondary braid.
#3: Tail Like Waterfall Braid
This style transforms from a standard plaited style into a French braid style when the two sides meet in the middle at the back of the head.
#4: Diagonal Waterfall Braid with Curls
This diagonal waterfall braid is perfect for wedding hair. Use a curling wand to create beautiful flowing curls coming out of the bottom of the plait.
#5: Knotted Braids
Try something a little bit different by going for chunky knot-style braids instead. Leave your hair free flowing beneath the knots or style it however you would like. These loose curls look great.
#6: Loose Double Braid
A loose double braid is an easy-to-do, casual style. Take four sections of hair from each side and loosely twist each section with one other from the same side. Join all of the sections together with a tie at the beck of your head.
#7: Braided Bangs
Start your braids further back and allow your fringe to hang down freely. Your fringe will help to frame your face and give it a beautiful softness.
#8: Stepped Roots
When creating a braided style with stepped roots, you need to make sure that every section of hair is really pronounced. Do this by lifting right from the roots. This style is most effective on straight, sleek hair.
Waterfall braids are often associated with fantasy characters and the outdoors. Play on this theme by enhancing your style with a brilliant floral accessory. If you can’t use real flowers, fabric flower accessories are just as beautiful.
#10: Soft Braid
This type of waterfall braid utilizes a very soft plait effect which has been created by braiding two sections together with each other, rather than three.
#11: Double Waterfall Crown Braid
A chunky double waterfall braid looks amazing, although it can take a long time to do this style. Make sure that your hair is sleek to make it more manageable if you are trying a double waterfall crown braid.
#12: Chunky but Sleek Crown
In this style, the “crown” of hair used to create the braid is wide, but it sits flush against the head. This can only be achieved using thin and very sleek hair.
#13: High Crown
A crown braid style which sits high up on the head can help to add volume to the hair. High crowns can be work with wavy, curly or straight hairstyles.
Waterfall braids for long hair look spectacular with highlights and lowlights that complement your natural hair color. Highlights and lowlights help to give your hair an even more textured appearance.
A mid-diagonal waterfall looks better on longer hair than on shorter hair, because there needs to be enough hair flowing downwards out of the braid. This style could look bottom heavy if used on shorter hair cuts.
#16: Waterfall braid on shoulder-length hair
Waterfall braids are not only for people with long length hair cuts. Although they are not really possible with short hair, waterfall braids look great with shoulder length styles.
#17: Long loose Waves
Waterfall styles are traditionally created using very long hair. In this style, the long flowing hair is reminiscent of water flowing in a gentle stream. Loose waves like these can be achieved by putting your hair into a full plait and then sleeping on it.
#18: Braids with Small Accessories
If you want to accessorize your style, but you do not want something which is completely “in your face”, then try pinning something small and subtle at the intersection of each braid.
#19: Color Layering
If you have layered color in your hair with light color over a dark color, then you can make an effective waterfall style that shows off your different shades.
#20: Painted Waterfall
This amazing effect has been created using a technique known as fluid hair dyeing. Once the braids have been plaited into the hair, the style is fanned out across a flat surface and the color is literally painted on.
#21: Mini Plaits with a Waterfall
Whether you have chosen to put your natural hair into tiny braids or used braided extensions to make your hair look longer, you can change up your style by putting it up into a loose waterfall style.
#22: Thin French Plaits
Create a thin French plait from either side of your head, and then join the two plaits together in the middle of your head using a loose hair knot.
#23: Hair Bow
A simple hair bow is a really gorgeous accessory to put in any hairstyle, but it looks particularly effective when it is used as part of a waterfall braid style.
#25: Contrasting Bow and Band
A simple hair band and bow look particularly striking when they are a contrasting color to your hair color. Blonde looks great with a dark bow and dark hair colors look great with a white bow.
#26: Waterfall Braid with Side up-do
A braid which segues seamlessly into a pinned-to-one-side up-do is a beautiful choice for wedding hair. This style teams up a waterfall braid with flawless waterfall curls.
#27: Waterfall with Soft Waves
Any kind of waterfall braid looks brilliant with lovely soft waves. To create waves like these, wrap your hair around a curling wand and then brush through it with a soft bristled brush to give lovely waves.
#28: Braids with a bob
If you have a bob, you can still put in lovely braids. Take most of the hair for each section from the underneath so that you do not lose too much length.
#29: Super Braid
This style utilizes lots of different braid styles and uses all of the hair. If you want to do anything this complicated, you may need to ask a friend or stylist to help you to ensure that it looks perfect.
If you have multi-colored hair, then a braided look can work really well. Waterfall braids can help to separate out individual sections of color if you want to make things look a little bit different.
#31: Candelabra Braid
A candelabra braid is so-called because the strands that feed into the braid look like the arms of a candelabra. This looks best when it is done on super sleek, smooth hair because the design stands out more.
#32: High Diagonal Braid with Defined Waves
To create defined curls like these ones, you should wrap sections of your hair loosely around thick curling tongs. Once you have taken them off the tongs, pull downwards to create length and then spray with hair spray to help them to keep their definition.
#33: Low Waterfall Braid with Big Curls
This low braid sits further down the head than some other types of braids do. Create big curls by winding each strand vertically around a hot curling wand. Apply hair spray to each section right away to help your hair to stay in shape.
#34: Super Sleek
A simple braid looks perfect over super sleek hair. Use ceramic straightening irons with a heat protect serum to ensure that your hair looks perfect without getting damaged.
#35: Extreme Low Side Braid
This plait runs down the side of your hair, rather than down the middle. You will need to have sleek and smooth hair with no split ends because only the ends of your hair really get integrated into the braid.
#36: Curls over Straight Hair
This style works by layering different components up on top of one another. It teams up fine braids with straight hair, then loose curls on the underneath and then more defined curls on top.
#37: Shoulder length with Bangs
This shoulder-length cut looks perfect with a fine braid. Severe bangs help to give the style a modern and fashionable look.
#38: Boho Braids
This is a really fun, country casual style which is easy to do. Create a braid which comes round your head from one side to the other. Once your braid is in place you should run your fingers through your hair a few times to give the rest of your style a tousled look.
#39: Fine braid
Waterfall braids do not always have to be chunky. If you only have thin hair, a relatively fine braid will actually look much better because it will not overwhelm your hair.
#40: Beach Waves
Loose waves in a lightly tousled style are perfect for the beach. Style your hair with a braid if you want something that looks a little different. Add plenty of hairsprays if you want to formalize the beach style.
#41: “Hair” Accessory
Use your own hair as an accessory. Twist your braid around and around itself and carefully pin it so that it makes a flower shape. This is a really fun piece of hair art which anyone can have a go at.
#42: Braid Crown with Layered Hair
A thin braid crown can look very special with a simple layered hairstyle. Although it is very simple to do, it can be used to add red carpet glamour to your style.
#43: Enchanted Braid
Use a thin braid as a way of keeping all of the rest of your hair in place. Wrap a very thin braid around a fat side ponytail for this really enchanting fairytale “Rapunzel” look.
#44: Loose braid on Mid-length Hair
A loose braid is a lovely part up-do for short-medium hair. Add volume to your style by integrating some loose waves beneath the braided section.
#45: Double Braided Lock
In this style, the double braids are cinching the hair and holding it in place, almost as if the person were wearing a large clip in their hair.
#46: Shorter Hair with a Waterfall
This short-medium bob style really suits a thick waterfall braid. The braid helps to give the bob a fresh and different shape, so it is a good way to style short hair.
#47: Contrasting Hair
Waterfall styles look really cool when they have been created with contrasting hair colours. Whilst this looks amazing with dyed hair, you can also have extensions put in to emulate this look if you do not want to make such a drastic change to your own style.
#48: Colored braids
Any type of waterfall hair looks amazing when your hair tips have been colored. Hairstyles look particularly cool when they changed from one color to another on a gradient.
#49: In and Out
In this very modern style, you can create a plait down the center of your head which mainly includes hair from one side of your head. Sweep the rest of your hair over so that it all sits in a down style at the other side of your head.
#50: Purple Streaks
Purple looks really good when it is put into blonde hair because the contrasting colors really stand out. A braided style allows the different colors to dance with one another.
There are thousands of different braided styles to choose from. Once you learn how to do waterfall braid hairstyles then you will have great fun trying out all of the different ways that you can wear your hair.