The waterfall braiding technique implies that tresses are left partly unwoven, so they overflow from under the plait and evoke the waterfall associations. The braid with released tresses looks like luxurious streams of water.
Mind that the waterfall braid looks especially wonderful on curly hair. So if your hair is naturally straight, then try to make light waves. To achieve the wavy effect use spiral curling iron or blow dryer comb.
Begin by making a deep side parting. Take a portion of hair from the front and divide it into three separate equal strands (as in pic).Start braiding in a classical way, that is, using a simple three-strand braiding technique. While passing the ear by begin to drop the lower strand out of the twisted hair and allow it to fall down free. Replace the released strand by a new one from the bottom and move it over the middle strand. Remember to add a new tress from above as in the French plait in order to fix your braid properly. Move ahead repeating these steps. Get along and continue with the braiding and releasing the low strands until you reach the opposite ear. Secure the last strand behind the ear carefully.
If you make a deep parting in the middle, then start braiding from one side and go on up to the nape. Then stop and secure the strand by a thin elastic right at the back of your head. In this case repeat the same technique on the opposite side. After all the hair is enwoven and the first braid is reached, the elastic can be taken off and both strands on the edges should be secured together by it again. Try to make the joint as invisible as possible, and you’ll get the perfect hairdo!
Nowadays there’s a great variety of this braid style, which looks like a cascade. Each kind of the waterfall variations has got several clear advantages. Notice that anyway your hairdo always needs harmony. So pay attention on the following tips:
- Gently loosed strands help to create a kind of tender and elegant look. Slightly curled or tightly made ones are gorgeously fit for the evening gown, when you want to underline its charm.
- The waterfall braid chords the best of all with warm seasons. It matches tunic or maxiskirt well and makes your image exquisite and contemporary.
- It’s easy to make the created image more expressive by using a pretty bow or flower, colourful ribbon or charming leather lace.
The Dutch braid is the base for this manner of waterfall braiding. The key is in the added strands, which are twisted underneath the central one. This variant results in a more evident volume of the braid.
Double Waterfall Braid
Plait the waterfall braid along the nape. Plait another one below alike. This time do the braiding in a French manner adding the strands from the only one side. You should braid in the strands that were released from underneath the first braid. The remained hair can be left free in tresses or it also can be joined in a side braid.
This waterfall hairstyle is really enchanting; just try it.