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HOT IN HAIR: Waterfall Braids

Posted: Aug 13 2014

Braids are big news in the fashion world and have been for a while, with “braid bars” popping up all over the place. They’re a little dressier and more feminine/interesting than your average ponytail or top knot while keeping your hair out of your face securely and in style. They’re the perfect summer ‘do on hot days when paired with a dress.

In that spirit, we’re here to show you how to do one of the top types of braids that’ll help keep you cool. We’re talking, of course, about the waterfall braid. It’s so named because of its graceful, cascading style. Follow the steps below to get a beautiful braid on shoulder-length or longer hair!


-First things first. Braids look best on damp, clean and thoroughly brushed hair, generally. So, shampoo and condition like normal and try to towel your hair off as much as possible.

-Completely brush hair out with a wide-tooth comb, ensuring no tangles are left behind.

-Part hair in the middle and section off the top third of your hair. Begin sectioning from your forehead and part. Use the comb to aid you and hold each section on one hand.

-Braid toward back of head in a French braid. Like normal, after the first pass, begin working outside pieces of your hair into the braid so you’re just French braiding it.

-When you’ve reached the last part of the first braid section, leave the last strand of hair. This will create the cascading effect.

-Pick up a new strand of hair next to the dropped strand and continue braiding to create the waterfall effect. Cascade the braid toward the middle of head and keep repeating the initial step.

-Secure in certain areas with bobby pins as needed. Braid the remaining tail into a normal braid until you’re done with the hair.

-Add any accessories you want to use (though we prefer our braids plain and a little messy).

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