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Braids have been having a serious moment in the beauty world lately—so much so that it wouldn’t even be fair to consider them a trend at this point. It’s safe to say braids are officially here to stay. In fact, braids can be the perfect hairstyle to help instantly elevate your look. From traditional braids to French braids to fishtail braids to Dutch braids, there are so many different kinds you can create.
One type that we’re seriously in love with at the moment? The waterfall braid! This free-flowing braid is perfect for every situation, from a day spent at the office to a summertime music festival. And just in time for the warmer weather, we’re here to show you how to create this super-pretty hairstyle. It’s time to master your waterfall braid technique!
What you’ll need:
1-inch curling iron
Mini clear elastics
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Start with day-old hair. As with many braids, the waterfall braid can look particularly gorgeous when paired with texture. So, go ahead and rock one the day after you wash your hair. Before you begin braiding, though, spritz on a little texturizing spray for added grip.
Step 2: Brush out any tangles. There’s nothing worse than trying to braid knotty hair. Be sure to gently comb through any tangles before moving on to the actual creation of your look.
Step 3: Create beach waves. There’s no better combo than waterfall braids and slightly tousled beach waves. To get the look, warp your hair around a 1-inch curling iron, concentrating the curl towards your ends.
Step 4: Divide your hair. Part your hair on one side of your head. Prep to begin braiding from your part down towards your ear on the thicker side of your part. In typical braid fashion, split your hair into three sections—one right by your part, one below it, and one just above your ear.
Step 5: Make your first weave. Create a traditional braid stitch by crossing the top and bottom strands over the middle.
Step 6: Add more hair. Add hair into the top strand then cross it over the middle strand.
Step 7: Let go of your first waterfall drop. Drop down the bottom strand and pick up a new section of hair, crossing it over the middle strand in place of the dropped strand.
Step 8: Repeat! Repeat steps 6 and 7, creating a waterfall braid until you reach the back of your head. You could stop here by pinning your braid in place—or you can keep going through the rest of the steps to create a half-up waterfall braid. Your choice!
Step 9: Round two! Repeat steps 4-8 on the other side of your head to create a second waterfall braid.
Step 10: Combine your braids. Using a clear mini elastic, tie your two waterfall braids together at the back of your head to complete your half-up do. Again, you could stop here, or you could keep going for an even more elaborate braided look!
Step 11: Braid your half-up pony. Do so any which way you please! Seal it off with another clear mini elastic.
Step 12: Pancake your braid. That means gently tugging it apart to make it look thicker.
Step 13: Leave your style as is—or create a bun. At this point you can either leave the tail of your half-up pony flowing in the wind or you can coil it into a bun to look somewhat flower-like.
Step 14: Finish off your waterfall braid with a spritz of hairspray. With a hairstyle that looks that good and takes quite a bit of time and effort to complete, you definitely want to make sure that it stays put for whatever your day has in store. Use a hairspray, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray to help secure your style.