September 16, 2012

Waterfall Braid Headband Combo | Braided Hairstyles

The hairstyle for this week uses a variation of our popular Waterfall Braid tutorial {over 16 million views}.  I think you’re going to LOVE what we do with this!

Everyone knows that the waterfall braid has become a very popular hairstyle. Have you thought about wearing it as a headband?  Well… we decided to try it and the hairstyle turned out simply gorgeous!

Recreate the Hairstyle:

  • Begin by sectioning hair from ear to ear.  Secure bottom section of hair with an elastic to keep it out of the way.
  • Create a Waterfall Braid starting near one ear, going up over the forehead, and down to the other ear. Make sure all dropped strands fall toward the back of your head.
  • Secure the braid right behind your ear with a tiny elastic the same color as your hair.
There you have it! Pretty easy, right?

Now, to show you just how versatile this hairstyle accent can be, I’m going to show you four different ways to finish off the headband!

1.  Waterfall Headband into Gorgeous Curls/Waves

Waterfall Braided Headband with Loose Curls

Leave your hair down and add a few cute curls.  The dropped strands will cascade over your head and down with the rest of the curls.  {You can view our NuMe Wand Curl video or our Sock Curls tutorial to get ideas on how to create gorgeous curls.}

2.  Waterfall Headband into a {Hair-Wrapped} High Ponytail

Waterfall Braided Headband into Hair-Wrapped Ponytail

Pick up all of the hair previously secured out the way, and brush upwards and into a high pony tail.  Add in the dropped pieces from the waterfall braid {be careful not to pull too hard on the strands and un-straighten the waterfall braid}.  Add an elastic to secure the high ponytail.  Grab a small strand of hair and do a hair wrap to cover the elastic, or even a cute microbraid for a fun accent.  {This version is PERFECT for girls need to wear a ponytail, in sports, for example, but still want to have a little fun flair to the hair!}

3.  Waterfall Headband into a Bun with Accent Braid

Waterfall Braided Headband into a Bun with Accent Braid.

Create a high ponytail, however this time twist the hair into a ballet bun and secure with an elastic.  Braid the remainder of the waterfall braid behind the ear and create a long microbraid and wrap it around the bun for a little add flair.  {This is a great twist on a bun for all of you girls that love dance and ballet!}

4.  Waterfall Headband into a Messy Bun

Waterfall Braided Headband into a Messy Bun.

Create the high ponytail, as before.  Now mix it up by adding a super cute Messy Bun

When you are finished, you will have four fantastic look… all very different yet absolutely beautiful!  I’m sure you are going to receive may compliments on this one!


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 alligator clips, 2 small hair elastics, 2 large hairbands, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes for each of the four hairstyles

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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  • Maija

    Hey CGH! I love this hairstyle and i may do this tomorrow (it’s first day at my school!) 😀

  • Alicia

    I can’t do this because I have a short fringe.

  • I do like messy buns but I think it’s sad that they take time

  • Brooke ss

    Honestly I think it’s sad that it takes time to make the messy bun perfect but I do like it

  • Kaleigh Simmons

    Hi Cute Girls Hairstyles!!!! I love your website! I have just tried this hairstyle on myself and it came out great! I love trying all your hairstyles. Thank you for reading this, and btw I love you and all your kids!

  • mm6000

    I must ask you Mindy why are you a hippy in this vid

  • Really pretty braid!

  • Ally

    Can u do a hairstyle for a holiday to the uk plz. Thx solo much

  • Natalie

    Braiding is one of my favorite things to do and I’ve been doing it since I was 6! I absolutely adore all your hairstyles but the problem is I have a lot of difficulty doing the doos on my hair! It’s super long (past my butt) and its hard to work with. Any tips to help me be able to do all your hairstyles on my long hair?

  • anna

    could you make a video of you doing it on yourself? i would love that.

  • Shaikha

    I have a question for your #3 daughter

    Can you do your sister hair?

    That’s it

  • Make a video for a DIY version of this! My fav is the ponytail

  • Rebecca

    Where do u get those clips from and what are they called?

  • Daniela

    You did a great job with this do i wear it for gymnastics at school and it is 😀 Thanks Daniela

  • Can your number 3 daughter answer this question ? What is your favourite lesson at school

  • My favourite is in a soft bun

  • Lily Bradshaw

    Love it!!!(:

  • kate

    Can you do a diy video on this hairstyle?? Please!!

  • What is your third daighters favorite hair due and why?
    Does she get her hair done by you everyday?

    This hairstyle is very cute. I am going to try it someday for when I play basketball. I am not that great at hair dues but I have to practice.

  • Sami

    Hey Mindy, I just watched your video for the waterfall braid I love the ballet bun idea so cute!
    I also loved your hairstyle the perfect bun with the crossed braids. Love it! Keep making Tutorials. 🙂

  • maddie

    could you make a tutorial on how to do this with the waterfall twist.

    • Anjana B

      I don’t think you can do that, since with the twist you don’t pick up hair strands. Well, you do, but you drop them.

  • Sarah

    I LOVE the hair styles that you do and I LOVE the messy bun on you daughter

  • olivia

    Sooooooo cute can you do a diy video because I tried this on my hoar but it didn’t work sooo please do a diy video in this hairsyle
    Thank you soo much for all the great ideas

  • bella

    i love this hairstyle;)xx I have tried to do it on my own hair by myself, but it’s just not working. 🙁 are you able to do a video, doing on yourself?

  • Holly

    Hey! I just discovered your website today. I LOVE the waterfall braids. I’m in 7th grade too! I was reading the comments and it looks like a lot of the people who commented said the were also in 7th grade. I tried it on myself and it didn’t turn out as great as yours. I’m gonna keep trying though. I would love it of you emailed back, but if you don’t I don’t mind. Love the hairstyles!


    • Hi mindy this is taylor

  • Jordyn Crandall

    i love the hair style it is so cute and i love the wrap around ponytail

  • i love this! Will you please show it on yourself though i would love to do this on myself!! Also i was wondering if you could find some more sports hairstyles ,i am a allstar cheerleader and flipping around makes my ponytail fall right out! i need a long of support for my hair and a style that i can do on my own.thanks,

  • Zoe

    hey Mindy,
    IO have a question will these hairstyles work with bangs because I play volley ball and I need hairstyles for when i have games and practices?
    Please answer ASAP!

  • Shay

    Hey Mindy, how old are your twins and when are their birthdays? I am 12 and and in the seventh grade. p.s. they are really pretty ( the twins) i love the colors of your eyes

    • anon.

      me too

  • Emma

    I have been watching your vids since last year and I love them!

  • Emma

    Love this hairstyle and I feel so sory for your daughter and that boy! I would like you to answer : do you get ALOT of recognition for the videos and are you well known in school for them,n

  • Tori

    I got this hairstyle down easy it is so fun i am a big fan of this hair style:)it is my favorite at least one of my favorites:)

  • Skai Wrage

    hey mindy! its me again.

    your hairstyles r miracle workers!! just got a boyfriend today! ur awesome and i love all u guys!


  • Skai Wrage

    Hey Mindy!!!

    i love all of these hairstyles….. i did the #3 for picture day and it looked so pretty. i just went into the 7th grade and all my friends loved it! they even had me do it to them for our 1st volleyball game. it only took about 4 hours…but now i am an expert at it!

    thanks again! lookiign 4ward to your next videos!

  • I also tried this hairstyle on myself, but without any luck…
    Anyway, great job, Mindy!

  • Melody

    I’ve been following you guys on this blog for a couple of years now, and you’ve taught me everything I know about hair haha I love your hairstyles and I use them all the time 🙂 and you’re the cutest family ever oh my goodness!! I love practicing these styles when I’m babysitting, and I hope you keep this going as a long term idea <3

    My question is: "Who is the biggest prankster in your family?"

  • mia

    hey, um what kinda haircut do u need for this???

  • Annie

    Love the hair do and can’t wait to try it on my daughters! I hope the boy referenced in the video doesn’t watch this. I don’t think anyone would want to find out that they’re not cute this way:(

  • Olivia

    hi mindy i would like you’re doutor to answer these qustions: 1. were in iowa do you live old our all your doutors. and can you email all of the hairstyles that you do [ the new ones ] thanks mindy

  • Rebeca

    I absotly live this website thanks so much
    For helping me with hair! I’m 13 and I have
    A sister who is 7 and I do her hair every
    Morning and she absolutely love and
    I get all the hair styles from this website!
    Thanks soooo much

  • Ellis

    Hey Mindy! i discovered your website a few weeks ago and i LOVE it! you are soo talented and your daughters are cute 🙂 i have tried so many of your haistyles on my sister so that whenever i want to do her hair she throws a tantrum! i just wanted to ask if you could do the same thing but on your own hair, i tried and its just doesnt stay in. also i can totally relate to your daughter, im 13 and in year 8 and one of my friends heard some boys saying i was cute… the boys were NOT!!!

  • Kendra

    I wouldn’t worry too much about your daughter embarassing you, one time I did a hairstyle, and the model spent the whole time goofing around, and I just started 7th grade too, but the boys would never do something like that!

  • Olivia

    What’s a snake braid?

  • Alicia

    I tried this on myself and it isn’t too hard; it just doesn’t look quite as nice, and seems to want to fall out. I have not done it on someone else yet, though. If you have tried it without success keep trying and it will get easier.

    God bless you all!

  • Harrypotterluver

    Keep up the good work mindy! I might be able to do this with my hair( it’s curly) it looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopretty and cute! (I guess that’s why u call it cutegirlshairstyles!

  • abbey

    i want to ask daughter #3 which is ur favourite hairstyle out of all the videos

  • I totally agree with Olivia, Moontone girl, Cam and Lisbeth! I have been trying to do this on myself and haven’t suceeded!!!! Can you PRETTY PLEASE make video showing on how to do it on one self??? I am in college now and unfortunatly live far away from my mom so she can’t do i on me anymore =(

  • Ahsylle

    Ummmm i have a question for you 3rd daughter
    What is the hairstyle you have hated the most that your mom has done on your hair?

  • Rachel

    my Question for #3 is can you do these hair sytles to your self? Do you ever do your moms hair?

  • Allyson

    Hi,this hairstyle is sooooo cute!!! Some questionsfor cute girl #3
    Besides hair what do you like to do for fun?

    Do you ever get bored during the videos?

    What does your friends think about your hair?
    Does your mom ever run out of time to do your hair with so many siblings? How does she work it into her schedule?

    That’s it! Thanks:)

  • Lisbeth

    How old are the twins?
    I’m 13 and in 8th grade. Tomorrow i’m going to try doing the ponytail variation on myself (is that possible?) for school.

    I love all the hairstyles on this site and your family is so pretty (that includes you :).

    God bless you, Lisbeth

  • Char

    Hi mindy!! I am such a big fan of ALL of your hairstyles. They are all just soo pretty. Whenever I wear any of your hairstyles everybody goes oh my gosh your hair is sooo pretty!!! I LOVE braids!! I know alot of braids; lace, French, Dutch, normal, waterfall, and snake braid. Are there any others you know?? Thanks!!
    Btw ask your daughter if she loves doing hair and if so what’s her favorite hairstyle to do?
    And your daughters are adorable!!! So pretty!!

  • Alicia

    This is SOO cute! I can’t wait to try it on myself! I like all of them, but the sock bun is my least favorite.

    I have a question for your 3rd daughter. What is your favorite hairstyle and what are your siblings favorites? Can you do them on yourselves?

  • cam

    So cute! How do you do it on yourself?

  • Emma

    I love this hairstyle I am in seventh grade also just started I’m a couple weeks ago! Also a question I would like for daughter #3 is Do you like it when your mom does your hair in these videos? Your awesome love your hairstyles!!<3<3

  • Rachel

    PLEASE ASK #3-
    If she can do any hairstyles on herself… if she can PLEASE POST PICTURES!!!!


  • Aamina

    i LOVE this hairstyle!!! kepp up the AWESOME work Mindy!!!!! 🙂

  • Meg

    I can’t wait to try it on my siblings hair.
    Love, love, love.
    Thank you Mindy!

  • moonstone girl

    can u plz make a video of this with u doing it on ur self? ans looking forward to the next video..cuz i think ur number 3 is really cute 🙂

  • Ellie

    That is adorable! Oh my goodness!
    Something similar happened to me in 7th grade.
    (I am 14 and in 8th grade so I am close to both your twins age.)
    I have a question for your #3 daughter.
    What is your favorite hairstyle your mom does?

  • Olivia

    Can you do this on yourself? I love it! My favorite is ponytail and hair down.

    • Tess

      yeah i did i just did a deep side part and did it

  • Cassi

    Love it, especially the braid wrapped ponytail! I would like to see the third child to answer these: 1)Obviously your mom does the tutorials, but do you guys also know how to do some of the styles on yourselves? 2)What’s the best part about having so many siblings? 3)Who is the most picky about their hair? …o and i can totally relate to the story the girl in the Waterfall Braid Headband Combo | Braided Hairstyles video told. a [not so attractive] boy in THREE of my classes likes me. im polite but i make it clear im NOT interested :/. and other people know this so it’s pretty embarrassing!

    • Lily Bradshaw