DIY Waterfall Braid Tutorial

I’m so excited about today’s post. A trio of talented ladies in Los Angeles recently teamed together on a braid how-to series just for Once Wed, which I’ll be sharing over the next month. The first tutorial is a how to for a waterfall braid. I’ve seen this style floating around Pinterest for a while, but haven’t found a great tutorial laying out all the steps for a waterfall braid. And who better to show us than braider extraordinaire, Alison Brislin?

Waterfall Braid Instructions

1. Part hair on it’s natural side.

2. Grab a small piece and divide into 3 sections.

3.French braid for 2-3 inches.  This will secure the “waterfall” and make sure it doesn’t fall in your face.

4. After you’ve French braided for a few inches, drop the top section of your braid.  It’s ok.  Let it fall.

5. Pick up a new section of hair from directly behind where you’ve dropped the top piece. This new piece acts as a new section of your French braid

6. Keep moving around the head.  Remember, every time you grab a section of hair from the top of your head to add to the braid, let is drop and replace it with a new section.

7 +8. When you reach the other side of your head, secure the end of the braid with Bobbi pins.

*This braid can be a little tricky.  But practice makes perfect.

Extra Tips

– You should brush your hair before braiding.  Knots and tangles make it hard for the person braiding your hair.  Might also hurt a little bit!

– Part on your natural side.  Adjust instructions according to your part.

– Day old hair is best.  A little grit is good for braids as they hold-up better. Clean hair is too slippery.

– These tutorials are written for someone to braid your hair, not intended for self-braiders.  Unless you are really clever and talented!

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew


Comments (41)

lydia {ever ours} | Reply

thanks for sharing this!

Charlotte | Reply

Thanks for sharing this great tipps and the pictures.

Hairstyles | Reply

awesome! i wanna try this kind of hairstyles on my hair too :) thanks a lot for the tips :)


Anita | Reply

Looks really cute can’t wait to try it on my daughter’s hair.

Marina | Reply

Really beautiful! Great job! I’m going to try this out for school pictures :))

sindy | Reply

hope that turn great and hope you got it

moriah | Reply

Gorgeous! Finally a tutorial with pictures and written instructions. (And makes sense lol) you look a bit like emma watson.. cant wait to try it out on myself


Alanah | Reply

There is one for Elsa’s side braid,super cute, I tried it

June | Reply

Beautiful, can’t wait to try this for my daughters graduations! Good pictures and instruction.

Sarah | Reply

The Waterfall Effekt really is amazing. I hope that my sister is able to follow your tip. Thanks for sharing.

Love! Sarah

Laura | Reply

Gorgeous! Perfect for brides who want to keep their hair down, but still want unique style.

emilee | Reply

I loved the waterfall braid it is so pretty and it really has a romantic wedding look and has a wonderful look for weddings and even for church.

Jill | Reply

Love, love, LOVE this hairstyle!! I am attending my aunts wedding @ the end of September & totally want this done on my hair!! But, I want a full updo as well because it will look better with my dress! So, my plan is to do this braid, then pull the rest back into a loose bun & pin with colorful pins that match my dress. My mom is coming with me to the wedding & she is a licensed cosmotologist. I just hope she can follow these instructions & do this beautiful braid to my hair!!

mariam khan | Reply

its looking very cute and easy. : )

juveriah | Reply

its n amazing hairstyle…….luv it……….
n its very easy too…….

Nancey Nordsiek | Reply

thanks, my hair look very nice after i follow these steps.

Mila C. | Reply

This is exactly how I like to have my hair made at my wedding!

Kristen Dee | Reply

I am amazed at how simple these instructions have made this braid to do!!! I am a student currently doing my cosmetology course and am supposed to put several pictures of my own braided creations in my portfolio… I am grateful of this tutorial for making my life just a bit easier! This is not only informative as I am “braiding impaired”! I find braids more difficult than the average person, but it is beautifully done. Very very pretty and versatile for wearing on any occasion a client may be attending! Thanks so much for the tips and technical guidance youve done an exceptional job …. Greatly appreciated!
Kristen Dee(:~)

aliya | Reply

Really beauttiful and gorgeous style

gautami | Reply

Please ………………
can u give tips and
on self braiding
I will be

cathrine P. | Reply

Do you guys have any hairstyles for braided hair?

Abby | Reply

Such lovely hair! I also adore how the ends are curled that way. It really does mimic the look of a waterfall :)

Grace | Reply

Great guide!
I will recommend this article to my friends.

Small sun | Reply

Nice tutorial. Thought I would make it by myself for a wedding! Very simple and elegant style.
Kindly upload a video on it .
Small sun

Wedding Hairstyles For Long Hair 2014 | Reply

I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a
famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

julia | Reply

thanks…i need it…
wait for other tutorial …

aubridalgowns | Reply

I like this amazing hair style, so sweet!

Alyssa | Reply

Forget the braid, I want her hair.

camie | Reply

So cute love it I really want to try it

bridal hair | Reply

I agree with Alyssa – her hair color is so fantastic.

Mya | Reply

Beautiful styles. Thank you for such great video

Horse girl 182 | Reply

so pretty I’m thinking of doing a waterfall into hair bow??

janelle | Reply

its so pretty i wish that is my hair …….. i love so much

Emma | Reply

beautiful hair style! This would perfectly fit on

Amu | Reply

Its really a awesome hairstyle bt i dont understood… we have to do this waterfall on both sides??

Jennifer Chong | Reply

Thanks for sharing. I was able to show my makeup artist to recreate for my wedding. It looked absolutely stunning!!