Cascading Waterfall Side Braid

Side French braids, or front french braids as I like to call them, are gorgeous braids that look great on nearly everyone. To really jazz up the style, create a cascading waterfall side braid using the looped half up crown braid technique and you have got a whole new hairstyle that looks super complicated but is actually really easy once you get the hang of it.

This hairstyle would go perfectly with a casual outfit for a day running around or an evening out. Side braids are so convenient because it keeps the hair out of the way but still up in a gorgeous style. I hope you give this hairdo a try and wear it out to your next holiday party!

Cascading Waterfall Side Braid Cascading Waterfall Side Braid

Cascading Waterfall Side Braid

  • Step 1 / With a part on the right side, pick up a section of hair on the heavy side of the part and divide it into three sections.
  • Step 2 / Cross the back strand over the middle then cross the front strand over the middle.
  • Step 3 / Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair incorporating it into the strand.
  • Step 4 / Then, repeat step 3 with the front strand.
  • Step 5 / Repeat step 3 once more with the back strand.
  • Step 6 / Then, split the front strand into two equal halves crossing one half over the middle strand.
  • Step 7 / Drop down the other half and pick up a new section of hair incorporating it into the crossed over piece.
  • Step 8 / Repeat steps 5 through 7 until there are four waterfall strands hanging down.
  • Step 9 / Now, continue the same steps, splitting the strand, crossing over half, picking up a new section of hair, but then bring in the first waterfall strand and incorporate it into the braid.
  • Step 10 / Continue braiding, until it reaches to about the shoulder.
  • Step 11 / Now stop splitting the front strand but continue bringing a waterfall strand each time until all the hair is brought into the braid.
  • Step 12 / Braid the rest of the hair down into a regular braid and tie off the end with an elastic band.
  • Step 13 / Gently loosen the sides of the braid to show the details better and create a more voluminous braid.

Cascading Waterfall Side BraidCascading Waterfall Side Braid


  1. Meena
    November 3, 2015 / 2:52 PM

    Hi Missy, I am new to your blog, and I have been loving it!! You are gorgeous and so is your little one! :)
    I have been trying out some of your braids tutorials and am having trouble with the waterfall braids especially this cascading waterfall side braid. What I am finding is that the cascading pieces from the waterfall braid once I pull it out is very loose and it kind of dangles and sticks out of my braid…..not sure what I am doing wrong, do I need to pull my braids tighter? Any tips?

    • November 4, 2015 / 1:43 AM

      Hey Meena, Thank you so much (: I would definitely recommend starting the braid out tighter and not pulling the hanging pieces out as much. They will naturally loosen during the day (: hope this helps!

  2. Helena Sophie
    December 11, 2014 / 2:56 PM

    Hey Beauty, I hope you’re doing really well.
    This is one of the most stunning styles I have ever seen!! Adore it! What Foundation are you wearing cutie? Thanks xo

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