How to do a Waterfall Braid

How to do a Waterfall Braid is a new back to basics tutorial.

I have featured a few basic braid tutorials including How to Braid and How to Fishtail Braid so I figured it was a good opportunity to post a waterfall tutorial.

Waterfall braids are a gorgeous way to wear a braid because most of the hair is still down and it’s as though your hair becomes it’s own hair accessory.

I personally love pairing waterfall braids with other braids and have done so in many other tutorials including the ones below:

** Throwback: The original tutorial for the Waterfall Braid.

Waterfall Braid Tutorial

Waterfall Braid Tutorial

Follow these steps for the How to do a Waterfall Braid tutorial:

  1. With a part on the right side, take a section of hair on the heavy side of the part.
  2. Divide this into three sections and cross the back strand over the middle then the front strand over the middle.
  3. Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair to create a french braid.
  4. Now cross the front strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair like in step 3.
  5. Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in another section of hair.
  6. This time, in stead of crossing the front strand over the middle, drop it down, and pick up a section of hair directly behind that strand. Cross it over the middle in place of the dropped strand.
  7. Now cross the back strand over and bring in hair per usual.
  8. Next, repeat step 6 dropping the front strand and bringing in a replacement strand.
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 until the braid reaches the back of the head.
  10. Continue braiding the three strands down into a regular braid and pin it against the head.
  11. Lay hair over the top of the pin to hide it.
  12. Finish with hairspray and you are set!

Waterfall Braid Tutorial


  1. Emma
    October 17, 2018 / 7:16 AM

    This is so cool!

  2. Tina C
    July 29, 2018 / 9:40 PM

    Omg soo amazing and pretty^^
    I love your hair tutorials~~~~

  3. April 10, 2018 / 2:47 PM

    cool hair ideas!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ruby
    December 7, 2017 / 8:17 PM

    Thank you so much for this amazing braid!! Its incredible! I had my graduation last night and I had like 7 people comment on my hair!!

  5. Jenny
    June 8, 2017 / 4:19 PM

    :) Thx ;)

  6. Jenny
    June 8, 2017 / 4:18 PM

    My date kissed me because of the waterfall braid. :) Thx

  7. Brooke
    April 25, 2017 / 2:44 PM

    That was so so soooo amazing thats my fav. braid because of you!!!

    • May 3, 2017 / 9:49 PM

      Very cool!! Thanks so much! (:

  8. March 28, 2017 / 2:09 AM

    Melissa, your tutorials are just amazing! I just wanted to say that I’ve followed you waterfall braid tutorial and the result was magical. The first time I’ve worn this hairdo was 2 years ago when I went on a date. It was summer and I was wearing a colorful dress. The night turned out to be quite spectacular and we’ve been together ever since. So, thank you for contributing to an amazing night through your work.

    • April 10, 2017 / 11:48 PM

      Thank you so much! That is so wonderful to hear! (:

  9. Katee
    March 11, 2017 / 7:26 AM

    Do you have to do a right part ??

    • March 11, 2017 / 11:43 PM

      Nope (: you can part it where ever you prefer (:

  10. Kate
    August 4, 2016 / 11:12 AM

    Love this! Just wish when you instruct to add hair in, that you would say what section to add it to. Fumble fingers here ;)

  11. Hannah Star
    May 3, 2016 / 11:39 AM

    Thanks this was really helpful!!

  12. Tanisha bhaskar
    March 22, 2016 / 3:54 AM

    It’s fantastic ,I love this, a big fan of yours

  13. karis ssmall
    March 14, 2016 / 9:05 PM

    melissa,you arre really good at doing the waterfall braid and all the other braids that you did ceep up the good work and get more subscribers.:)

  14. Becca
    March 12, 2015 / 11:30 AM

    Ahhh. Thank you! Yours is the only waterfall braid tutorial I’ve seen that makes any sense! I am usually really good with braids but this one has had me stumped for some silly reason. Pinning now!!

    • March 21, 2015 / 10:18 AM

      Thank you, Becca! (:

  15. Agnes
    October 14, 2014 / 3:21 AM

    Beautiful… But I can’t do that, because my bangs aren’t long enough.

  16. Amanda Passe
    October 10, 2014 / 11:44 PM

    Oh and my hair is poker straight – you can product and work it into slight curls for maybe 4 hours if it’s seriously lacquered in hairspray and gel. Otherwise, there’s no chance of any curls to be had! I really hate my hair when I want to do something with it other than be super straight, sleek and smooth!! And I know there are people who wish for smooth straight hair…but we always want what we don’t have :)

  17. Amanda Passe
    October 10, 2014 / 11:39 PM

    Your hair looks like it’s a bit on the thicker side…am I correct? I have very straight, zero volume, fine blonde hair that is long, about to the bottom of my shoulder blades. There are a lot of strands, but they’re just not thick. I can put various products in it and blow dry it, tease it and about 2 hours later it’s as flat as can be :( Can I accomplish the waterfall braid (and really any of your other awesome designs) on my hair that is so fine and long with no volume? Love your tutorials!! Thank you!

  18. jenny
    September 28, 2014 / 8:49 PM

    I love your hair tutorials!

    • September 29, 2014 / 9:43 AM

      Thank you, Jenny! (:

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