How to Create a 4-Strand Waterfall Braid

April 13, 2014

Yes, we are taking a trip back in time to add a feature to a hairstyle that we made near the very beginning of this website. Today we are going to show you how to add a 4th strand to the Waterfall Braid!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

If you know the Dutch Braid stranding or stitching, then this braid will be a cinch for you! Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH4StrandWaterfall

Bailey has loved our Waterfall Braids the most, out of all my girls, and wanted to be our model for today. In fact, it was Bailey’s idea to pancake the braid, which really makes it stand out!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

If you have longer hair, feel free to continue the braid around the back.

For shorter hair, you may create a braid on both sides of the head, and bring them back into a tieback, or simply what we have done here and have a single accent braid. The 4-Strand Waterfall Braids are beautiful any way to style them!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Bailey has worn this to school and had lots of compliments, and I’ve worn it several times over the past year or so, with the same result!

FYI… this hairstyle would not be recommended for younger girls who are active during PE or recess, unless you bring two braids back into a tieback.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

* Note: The hair you use in the initial stranding will be the hair that runs throughout the entire braid. If your hair is layered, or shorter in the front, it will be difficult to carry this braid all around the head without the layered ends sticking out.

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side of the head…
  2. Next, pick up a good sized section of hair in the front next to the part line,and divide it into 4 equal strands…
  3. Take the top-most strand {closest to the part line} and take it under the 2nd strand, over the 3rd strand, and under the 4th strand…
  4. Now release that strand and allow it to fall {becoming the first waterfalling strand}…
  5. You should now be left with three strands to braid…
  6. Then, complete one simple 3-strand Dutch braid stitch by taking the middle strand over the right strand, and then taking the new middle strand over the left strand…
  7. Next, pick up a new small strand of hair next to the part line and use this as a new fourth strand of hair…
  8. Repeat Steps #3-7, always creating one simple 3-strand Dutch braid stitch in-between dropping through the 4th strand, and adding a new one.
  9. Braid until you are comfortable with the look…
  10. Now, lift a small section of hair on the side near the back, using crossed bobby pins to secure the end of the braid, and then let that hair fall to cover the bobby pins…
  11. To really make the braid POP, gently tug on the elbows of the braid to pancake it.
  12. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Pancaked Four-Strand Waterfall Braid! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

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Waterfall Braids into Double Frenchbacks | Sport Hairstyles

July 14, 2013

If there was one hairstyle that I wore the most as a young teenager, it would have to be my Soccer Braids tutorial.

I loved it because of the cute double Frenchbacks into flips, but also because on the second day I could take out the braids and have beautiful waves. For each of my girls, that is the very style we use when they are participating in sports because the hair holds up well with all the activity.

Today, I wanted to go into my past, take that style, and “spice” it up a bit!

Waterfall into Double Frenchbacks | Sport Hairstyles Rather than adding another Frenchback down the middle, I opted to create a double-sided Waterfall Braid down the center of the head. I then incorporated those fall-through strands as the added-in hair for the topside of each Frenchback. It turned out super cute, and leaves a very intricate pattern that I am sure people will notice!

Waterfall into Double French Braids

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, accessory or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair into three vertical sections {the two parts should start above the middle of each eyebrow, and run down to the neck.  The middle section should be about 3 inches wide}…
  2. Secure each outside section with an elastic to keep it out of the way…
  3. Working on the middle section first, begin by creating a regular three-strand French braid.  After the first stitch, drop the outside strand of hair.
  4. Replace that strand, by picking up hair near the part line {this is the same technique used in the Waterfall Braid}….
  5. When you get to the other side of the braid, drop the outside strand there and replace it with hair with hair near that part line…
  6. Continue braiding with Steps 4 & 5 all the way down the center braid, dropping each outside piece as you go {continue to replace the outside strands with hair near the part lines}.  This will create a double waterfall braid, or a waterfall with strands dropping on both sides of the braid…
  7. When you run out of hair to add into the braid, finish off this section with a simple three-strand braid, and secure with a hair band {the end of the braid will be smaller because you dropped so much hair off to the sides – this is normal}…
  8. Now, release the hair on one of the side sections of the head and begin a normal three-strand French braid…
  9. When you add hair into the top side of this braid, add in only the fallen strands from the Waterfall braid above it…
  10. When you add in hair from the bottom, do so as you would normally with a French braid…
  11. Continue this braiding technique, Steps 9 & 10, all the way down until you run out of hair {you will begin to see a ladder effect forming  as you pull the strands from the Waterfall braid into the bottom French braid}…
  12. When you are finished with this side braid, temporarily secure it with a hair band.
  13. Repeat Steps 8-12  on the opposite side of the head…
  14. When all three braids are finished, you can complete the hairstyle in many ways.  One option would be a ponytail.  Anther option would be to form all the ends of the braids into one braid, or you can form the hair into two separate braids over each shoulder as I did in my Soccer Braids tutorial.
  15. Lastly, add accessories and hairspray as desired.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget this week’s bonus video from my twins’ YouTube channel! This was one of the most fun activities our kids have ever done! What community activities does your city have?

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Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

May 12, 2013

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Many fans have emailed or tagged me in photos from Pinterest and Instagram asking me to film a mermaid braid tutorial.

To be honest, I haven’t loved the style enough to film one because I didn’t particularly like how the strands pulled into the braid from the front and sides.

Thinking about it for some weeks now, it hit me that we should create a hairstyle combination using the Waterfall Twists as a base for the style… and then use the falling strands of those twists as the “add-ins” for the Mermaid Braid!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

If you love this photo, please feel free to pin it!

When I tried it out, as soon as I released the braid… it nearly took my breath away! We L-O-V-E-D it!!!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

CGH#3 wanted to be my model knowing that today is Mother’s Day, and she asked to do the video introduction as well! Isn’t she adorable???

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

If you love this photo, please feel free to pin it!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray, and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing hair, and making a center part right down the head…
  2. Complete a waterfall twist on both sides of the head, beginning near the temples and ending at the back of the head…
  3. Take the ends of both twists {you should have 4 strands total} and create three strands from them {I do this by joining together two strands, one from each side, to create one strand}…
  4. Now begin a simple braid….
  5. After one complete stitch, pick up the nearest waterfall strand {the hair running through the twist} on the left side of the head and add it into your left-most braid strand…
  6. Now pick up the nearest waterfall strand on the right side of the head and add it into your right-most braid strand…
  7. Next, complete a regular braid stitch without adding in any hair {this will space out the stranding and create the mermaid braid look}..
  8. Repeat Steps 5-7 by adding in the waterfall strands until you run out…
  9. After all waterfall strands are included, finish the rest of the hair off into the simple braid…
  10. Secure with a hair elastic…
  11. Add any accessory or ribbon as desired.

Enjoy!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Feather Waterfall & Ladder Braid Combo | 2-in-1 Hairstyles

January 28, 2013

You are going to absolutely LOVE this hair tutorial because you’ll learn two amazing-looking hairstyles using essentially the same basic techniques!

Feather Waterfall Braid and Ladder Braid Combo This hairstyle also incorporates three braids… the Lace Braid, Feather Braid, and Ladder Braid. {If you are confused by any of these techniques, we have previous tutorials of each individual braid you can check out by clicking the links above.}

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The Feather Waterfall

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 1 hair elastic.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

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**Bonus: If you have had a hard time in the past mastering the traditional Waterfall Braid, this is a great technique that looks nearly the same… but might be easier for beginners!

  1. Pick up a small section of hair near the front of the part line and divide it into three strands…
  2. Begin a regular braid by creating one stitch…
  3. Now, add in some hair ONLY to the top strand. {A Lace braid is when you only add hair to one side of the braid, unlike a traditional French/Dutch braid where you would add hair to both sides.}
  4. Once you’ve added in hair to the top strand, cross that piece over the middle strand…
  5. Then,  pull a tiny section of hair off the bottom strand before crossing this strand over the middle. {This is called a Feather Braid, because the tiny pieces fall off the braid much like a feather with its spine.}
  6. Continue to add hair to the top strand, removing out tiny sections from the bottom strand, as you work your way around the head…
  7. When you get near the opposite ear, stop adding in/removing hair, and continue a normal braid down the strands and secure with an elastic.

You have now created the beautiful Feather Waterfall braid!

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

For a very gorgeous look, one that will certainly turn heads when you walk around, use this Feather Waterfall hairstyle as a base and continue below …

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Ladder Braid Combo

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 2 hair elastics.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes.

Skill Level: Medium

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

For purposes of creating this hairstyle, you will need have the Feather Waterfall Braid done {see instructions above}…

  1. Take the first five feathers, or so,  and flip them up and over the head to keep them out of the way while you begin your second braid…
  2. Pick up another small section of hair, 1-2 inches below the other braid,  and begin a regular braid with one stitch…
  3. Now, add in hair from the top…which essentially creates another Lace Braid. {The difference is that you will only be adding in the “feather” strands from the first braid.}
  4. Continue braiding, adding in a feather strand into each top strand of the Lace Braid, as you go. This is creating a Ladder Braid, with the feather strands now becoming “rungs” on the ladder…
  5. As you braid, try to keep the braids about 1-2 inches apart to allow the ladder effect to remain…
  6. Continue ladder braiding as you work your way around the head.
  7. When you get near the opposite ear, stop adding in hair and finish off the strand into a normal braid…
  8. Secure with an elastic.

You have now created an unbelievable, eye-catching Ladder Braid Combo!

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

 

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

CGH#3 wore this hairstyle to the Kid History Episode #10 Premier this past Friday night, and women were commenting and taking pictures of it all night!

Here is the video tutorial…

If you liked this hairstyle, please do feel free to share! Happy Hairdoing!

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How to Create a DIY Dutch Waterfall Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

December 09, 2012

Last week I showed you how to create a Dutch Waterfall Braid on my daughter…

Because it is a tricky braid to learn, and because so many fans are asking for it, this week’s tutorial will show you how to create a DIY Dutch Waterfall Braid in on your own hair!

DIY Dutch Waterfall Braid | Popular Hairstyles

You can see that it is the exact exact same technique, but they key to mastering the braid is learning how to “feel” for the stranding in your own hands, and without being able to see the back of your head.

Trust me, this is a braid that everyone is going to comment on! Please do not get discouraged and give up if the braid does not turn out perfect the first time! ☺ {Practice always makes perfect!}

DIY Dutch Waterfall Braid | Popular Hairstyles

DIY Dutch Waterfall Braid | Popular Hairstyles

DIY Dutch Waterfall Braid | Popular Hairstyles

In last week’s tutorial, I ended my daughters Dutch Waterfall Braid with a simple braid and elastic band. In this tutorial, for a more mature look, I chose to end the braid behind my left ear using two bobby pins in a crossed pattern. Once you master the braid, you can pretty much end it in any creative way you wish!

Steps:

  1. I started by straightening my hair, but I really think this braid would be lovely on curly hair as well.  I also teased the top of my hair to create a little extra volume {creating a more mature, softer look}…
  2. Begin by picking up a small section of hair where you want to start the braid {I started on the front, above the right eye}…
  3. Divide this small section into three strands…
  4. Begin a normal dutch braid.  This means that the middle strand will always go OVER the outer strands {or you can say the outer strands will always go UNDER the middle strand}…
  5. Do one complete stitch by taking the middle strand over both outer edges once…
  6. You now drop the middle piece and let it fall out of the way…
  7. This is where it gets a little tricky… now pick up a small section of hair to add back into the braid and add it back as the MIDDLE piece.  Do NOT add it as the bottom piece or the braid won’t work.  You have basically just dropped the middle strand and replaced it with a new strand in the exact same location.
  8. Now take that middle strand and cross it over the outer bottom strand.  This will create the outer edge that pops out of the braid…
  9. You then add hair to the top-outer strand {this is exactly what you would do with a regular Dutch braid) and cross the middle strand over that one…
  10. You have now just finished your second “stitch” at this point.
  11. Repeat steps 5-7 over and over again until you get to a point where you want to finish off the braid. I tried to create a diagnol line going from my right temple to my left ear.
  12. When you get about 2 inches behind your left ear, twist up a small section of hair up from the left side and clip it out of the way using an alligator clip.  We will use this piece later to hide the bobby pins…
  13. Now take two bobby pins and pin the remainer of the braid right behind your ear {making sure to “cross” the bobby pins for added security}.  Your ear will also help hide the bobby pins…
  14. Release the clipped hair from the clip and allow it to fall freely over the bobby pins.
  15. Now adjust the braid and the rest of your hair to your liking, and add hairspray {if desired}.

If you are looking to use this hairstyle to attend a wedding or school dance, you may choose to curl the falling strands with a wand!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 2 bobby pins, 1 alligator clip, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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