The Original Waterfall French Braid | Braided Hairstyles

This is a very beautiful and elegant variation of a French Braid that is perfect for moms, teens, tweens, and little girls! (If you cannot tell, I use French Braiding a lot in many of my hairstyles.)

We have done this braided hairstyle for about a year or so now after learning it from a German hairdresser.  He called it a Fairytale Braid, but my girls said it looked like a waterfall so that is what we named our version…

Portrait of young girl modeling waterfall braid hairstyles
This is also a style that is very tough to teach via photos, unless I wanted to post 20-25 pictures enough to demonstrate the exact technique. I thought a video tutorial would be more helpful, so you will have to let me know how you like it.

{I would recommend not accessorizing this hairstyle, but you may opt for a ponytail in the back if your DD is going to be active that day. That is what I did when my DD had a soccer game on Saturday!}

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHWaterfallFrenchBraid

Side view of young girl modeling waterfall braid hairstyles
This “Fall-Through” or Waterfall/Fairytale/Curtain French Braid took me less than three minutes to complete after I had lightly straightened my DD’s hair! You may choose to continue the braid across the back of the head, or do another on the other side and join them in the back for an even prettier look!

I promise … you will get so many compliments on this hairstyle!  Enjoy!!!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, one clear rubber band, hairspray, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement:  3 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Video Tutorial:

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. I’m going to share it w/my little niece she is 9 she is going to love it. You really r so creative. Thank u x sharing.

  2. Really easy. One or two attempts before I got the hang of crossing the strand in the right direction, but mastered within minutes.

  3. Hello! which one of the braids, the waterfall twist or the waterfall, stays in longer, I did my daughters hair in the waterfall and it fell out very quickly, and he wants it for homecoming… thanks

  4. my hair never stays curled no matter how much hairspray i put in it or anything what should i do also p.s my grandma is even an hairstyles shes been one for like 30 years

  5. While I’m here, my daughter fell in love with this cute braid last year. It took me a couple of practice rounds to get it to come out right, but I was able to perfect my technique. She loves it so much it was the hair style she choose for her school softball team pictures. She has super straight, slightly thick hair. So, after braiding it we ran a straightening iron over the remaining hair, we finished with a drop of glossing serum and spritz of styling spray. All the girls on the team (22) and the two female coaches commented on it and loved it. In her individual picture the photographer had her pose towards the right (all the other girls were facing left in their individual shots) to show the braid, she said she loved it too. Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge. My daughter says your site is going to make her 8th grade year the best, and that without you she would have spent all of her 7th grade in a ponytail or bun, LOL.

  6. My mom and I love your website plus we love your girls and your generosity for adopting. Thanks so much for inspiring us to make beautiful hair and to become a better person overall.

  7. Thanks for the awesome ideas for hair!! I get on here everyday for a hairstyle for my hair!
    Love the waterfall braid too!

  8. im adicted to this WEBSITE. i cant stop watching it. I love doing hairstyles on me and on others. I like how i dress cute and have your cute hairstyles and everyone are jealous of me. I like how my teachers and my classmates moms want to have a daughter like me. Who dress and create hairstyles like me. And every hairstyle i have done its from this website. Thank you so much for every tutorial you have made. Thanks a lot. REALLY!

  9. BEAU – THI – FUL

    I WOULD DO IT ON MONDAY because tomorrow i would do the primrose everdeen braids with the fun end and on friday i would do a hairstyle of hair 4 my princess

  10. This website is the best. I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon it. I love doing my daughter’s hair but she likes doing it herself now (ponytail). Since seeing these she gets so excited. I saw the videos Friday and have done one every day since. Can’t wait for St. Patty’s. Waterfall is absolutely beautiful. And to boot they are so easy:) Thanks for helping me make my daughter look as cute as (all) yours.

  11. Thank you so much! I’m 14 and was looking for a style to do in my little sisters hair for her sixth birhday party and this websites are amazing! The videos really helped and there are a lot of styles to choose from! This and the lace braid are my favourites so far though xxx

  12. I love the waterfall braid! Thank you so much for the video!!
    I wish i had someone to do it on other than myself though… :/
    but it is still fun and super cute!!! 😀

  13. This is so beautiful! Thank you for the video tutorial! I understand it perfectly and my girls are having this today! 🙂 Pictures just did not make sense to me! THANK YOU!

  14. You’re right this kind of braid is fairly difficult to explain in pictures. And I didn’t think it was possible to this at this length of hair. Amazing.

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