Waterfall Braid Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

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

40 Responses to “Waterfall Braid Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair”

  1. moriah

    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


  2. June

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

  3. Sarah

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

    Love! Sarah

  4. emilee

    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.

  5. Jill

    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!!

  6. Kristen Dee

    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(:~)

  7. gautami

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

  8. Abby

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

  9. Small sun

    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

  10. Amu

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

  11. Jennifer Chong

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


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