A waterfall braid is the perfect romantic hairstyle for any occasion—and believe it or not, it’s easy! Learn how to do a waterfall braid with this easy tutorial.

By Maritza Buelvas
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Waterfall braid, multiple views
Hold your style in place with your favorite hairspray. Repeat the braid on the left, or make a statement with just one braid. Photography:@tatumraewetzelHair:@tatumraewetzelExtensions:@bohymeMakeup:@jillmariemakeupModel:@elisemcvica
| Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

As huge fans of the prettiest hair hacks and braiding techniques, we had to feature a simplified hair tutorial for mastering how to do a waterfall braid. This step-by-step waterfall braid is easy to follow and yields gorgeous results.

We asked hairstylist Tatum Wetzel to share a game-changing waterfall braid tutorial to elevate your next romantic occasion (complete with a secret stylist tip). This cascading waterfall braid with curls is easy to recreate and helps show off those long locks in a whimsical, flirty way. Read on to learn how to DIY the waterfall braid once and for all!

What You Need

  • elastic bands
  • hair pins
  • texture powder
  • hairspray
  • brush and comb
Stylist adding hair sections for waterfall braid
Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

1
Add Volume, if Desired

We discreetly added very tiny clip-in extensions near the root to give our braid added thickness and volume at the sides. This is a professional stylist tip for getting a thicker waterfall braid, without compromising fullness and length (especially at the sides). Measure and trim your clip-in pieces as needed. We used about a one-inch section of hidden clip-in per side.

Sectioning hair for waterfall braid
Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

2
Section Hair

Create a deep side part, then grab a section of hair on the right side and divide it into three pieces.

Crossing sections for waterfall braid
Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

3
Cross the Sections

Take the top piece of hair closest to your hairline and cross it over the middle (letting it hang).

Creating a waterfall braid
Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

4
Create Your Waterfall

Next, take the bottom piece and cross it over the new middle piece. Now, instead of crossing the hanging piece as you would with a regular French braid, leave it hanging creating the waterfall effect. Then take your top and bottom pieces and cross them over each other once.

Finishing up waterfall braid
Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

5
Repeat Steps

Repeat this sequence by doing steps 3 and 4 over and over until you’ve reached your desired braid length. Remember to grab a new piece of hair from above the braid that's forming, place it in the middle, and drop it down.This is where the waterfall effect really begins to take shape.

Applying texture powder to waterfall braid
Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

6
Elevate Your Braid

Finish the braid by twisting the remaining two pieces together and holding it in place with an elastic. Tuck the end of your braid under the rest of your hair and pin it in place by crossing two bobby pins in an X shape. This last step helps securely hold your braid in place. Sprinkle a little texture powder all over the braid and pull it apart slightly to give your braid a more lived-in, fuller appearance.

Waterfall braid, multiple views
Credit: Tatum Wetzel (@tatumraewetzel)

7
Set in Place

Hold your style in place with your favorite hairspray. Repeat the braid on the left, or make a statement with just one braid.

Photography: @tatumraewetzel
Hair: @tatumraewetzel
Extensions: @bohyme
Makeup: @jillmariemakeup
Model: @elisemcvica