Are you going for an elegant night out or looking to casually keep the hair off your face, braids are always a gorgeous way to style hair. Most recently, however, one style has been getting lots of attention due to its creative genius; the waterfall braid. A waterfall braid is a style that allows for the weaving of a horizontal, diagonal or circular plait throughout the head. While a tad complex, creating romantic, cascading waterfall braids give you a unique and gorgeous look that allows you to keep your hair down while still flowing majestically. So, whether you are indeed looking to make the most out of your messy bed head or emulating Khaleesi’s rippled mane from Game of Thrones, there’s something regal about just letting your locks flow with abandon in a beautiful crown of woven braids. The following are the top 30 waterfall braid hairstyles that will have you looking like something out of a fairytale.
# 1 French Waterfall Braid with Flower
In addition to being super cute and practical, the French waterfall hairstyle has become popular for people with long and thick locks. Everyone loves letting their hair down once in a while, but too much length means that your hair will always fall on your face. The French waterfall braid is great if you want something simple. You can also include a flower to add a touch of playfulness and elegance.
# 2 Straight Waterfall Braid with Combination of Highlights and Lowlights
Straight and sleek strands are always ideal no matter what the occasion is. Just once quick glance and you are sure to appreciate how polished and elegant they look. The only downside may be a lack of texture. However, this can be quickly remedied with a small braid around the sides to give your hair more character without extreme textures overpowering the look. You can also ask your hairdresser to go with highlights, lowlights or both.
# 3 Twisted Christmas Crown
Tis’ the season to be merry and colorful; and nothing says Christmas like a vibrant and exciting hairdo. This twisted style works on both straight and curly hair and is sure to have heads turning towards you. The maroon color shows that you are as playful as you are serious with your waterfall braid while the tight twists will not come apart for anything.
# 4 Simple Beautiful Side Flowing Waterfall Braid
While very simplistic and daringly cute, the side waterfall braid and flowing waves you see here are very easy to create. The larger braids will just take a few minutes and they look utterly amazing with blonde hair. Whether you are going out or getting ready for your wedding, this style is exactly what you need.
# 5 The DIY Waterfall Braid with Hairpin
One of the best thing about waterfall braids is that you can achieve most of these styles at the comfort of your room. If you are new to the waterfall braid, this DIY style is so simple and easy to achieve that you could do it yourself. Of course, you will need some bobby pins and clips to keep the braid in place if you do not prefer knots.
# 6 Loose Waterfall Braid with Pretty Blonde Curls
The best way to cut down on tricky waterfall braid steps is to go for a style that focuses less on the precision of technique and more on the overall look and feel of the style. Even without all the effort, a loosely yet gorgeously twisted crown on your head still gives the same vibe minus all that extra effort. If you have thicker locks, this particular style works beautifully since you can manage bigger twists. Additionally, going for blonde highlights and darker roots creates a quite a vivid contrast.
# 7 Sweet and Simple Waterfall Braids with Soft Curl
When it comes to creating a waterfall style that just won’t give up, this would have to be it. The way the twists end in one single braid is simply fabulous since it guarantees total resilience. Take it from me, there are times when you really don’t feel like doing your hair and would prefer something great for the holidays. This style may take some time to get right, but you won’t have to worry about a bad hair day after this one.
# 8 Half Up Half Down Double Waterfall Braid with Curls
When it comes to the most impressive hairdos on the planet, you know that it’s the little details that count the most. And as with anything else, two is always better than one, right? Damn straight. If you have absolutely long hair that tends to swallow up those little details, going two for two might give your waterfall braids much more impact and a distinct look. This particular hairstyle is fit for a bride. The way the braids come together and wind diagonally across her head is simply perfect. If you like to play with colors, you will also notice that this style keeps all the darker colors at the top while leaving the lighter colors to flow freely below the waterfall braid. If you got a wedding coming up, this is definitely what you want. Your bridesmaid, however, will want to go with this next style.
# 9 Red Head Bridesmaids Waterfall Braid
That’s right, the Red Head look combines with a simple waterfall braid to ensure that every girl at the party looks great. This hairstyle is a particularly favorite for bridesmaids because while the twists and turns look great, the simplicity and darker colors ensure that the bridesmaids do not outdo the bride on her special day. If you are a natural brunette with thick and strong hair, this style was definitely meant for you. Short haired girls can also rock this style confidently.
# 10 Sweet Prom Waterfall Braid with Soft Curls
Who said that you should miss out on all the fun hairstyles just because you have shoulder length hair? A waterfall braid with simple curls can be just as effective for medium locks as the longer and flowing locks. This style is also ideal and works great if your hair is not as thick or textures as other types. This is great news for girls with silky, smooth hair that just won’t bulk up. The twisting motion of the strands gives your hair more volume while keeping it away from your face.
# 11 Stylish Dutch Waterfall Braid Up Do With Highlights
Another winner for prom, flower girl and bridesmaids look has to be the Dutch waterfall braid complex. While this style may look and seem very complicated, it’s actually three times harder to do in person. You may need an extra pair of hands to get all those intertwined braids exactly where you want them to. However, getting the look right translates to hundreds of impressed and awestruck stares. The blonde highlights can be a great accessory here if you can divide them and leave them as the flowing locks.
# 12 Sloping Full Waterfall Braid with Low Lights
Ever been so busy and excited about an event that you don’t have time to work on yourself? I know, it happens all the time. You get so involved in other preparations and it’s dark before you know it. This particular style is an easy fix that looks like it took hours to get done. No matter what highlights or lowlights you have, this style will distribute them and showcase all the glamour for all to see. Finish off the look with a rubber band to keep the waterfall braid in place.
# 13 Quick and Cute Bronze Balayage Waterfall Braid with Curls
What do you do if you have a gorgeous dye job that you won’t quit for anything? Simple; style up your hair in over a dozen different ways to give the illusion of change. A waterfall braid works perfectly since it can be twisted and conformed to fit both down and updos. This sweet girl added a touch of personality to her beautifully dyed bronze and blonde balayage by going for a waterfall braid updo. This style lets all the colors bubble up and peacock.
# 14 Side Winding Waterfall Braid
This is one of the most common dos for the waterfall braid since it gets all the hair from the front and sides and works it into a nice, unobtrusive diagonal braid. If you have naturally dark hair, this style works great since it adds flavor to your image. The dyed tips are also a clever touch to give the style more personality.
# 15 Double Ladder Waterfall Braid Up Do on Golden Blonde
Here’s another style that will give your golden blonde hair one or two more things to be proud of. Instead of just one waterfall braid, doubling down makes for much more impact. This do is ideal for ladies with long hair that goes on for days.
# 16 White Khaleesi Waterfall Braids with Peach Hues
If you are going for a look that is unique and very exclusive, the Khaleesi look is just the thing for you. Check out how this girl paired a simple waterfall braid with full white color and a touch of peach to liven things up a bit.
# 17 Super Red Long Bob and Waterfall Braid
Long bobs tend to have a way of getting messed up and spreading all over the place. Coming in with a side-winding waterfall braid settles things down and really complements the bright red look.
# 18 Bronde Balayage Waterfall Braid
Instead of letting your hair go unkempt after a few weeks from the hairdresser, braiding it is always a favorable option. This waterfall braid holds the hair together like a charm and even introduces another level of color play with the balayage.
# 19 Free and Flowing Cascading Waves with Waterfall Braid
Sometimes, the waterfall braid is not always the star of the show; it can act as a neat backdrop to natural and cascading curls. Embrace the look further with blonde highlights and dark roots that are visible at the braid.
# 20 Crimson Romance Waterfall Braid with Flower Knot
One of the great aspects of braids is that they never look out of place with creative and edgy styles like this sleek and straight crimson cut. This style is especially great for young girls with a wild and fun spirit. The knotted flower at the back makes for a neat finishing touch.
# 21 Dutch 5 Strand Glossy Waterfall Braid
If you are going for a complex and very bold look, the Dutch 5 strand will work great on thick hair. The majestic weave requires a professional touch to get it just right, but it also works on brown or blonde hair.
# 22 Cute and Flowery Double Waterfall Braid
Double waterfall braids seem to be getting more and more popular for thick and long locks. Our girl here is rocking a sweet double braid that really brings out the colors. Adding some flowers on the topmost braid also gives the style a bit more personality.
# 23 Messy and Wavy Red Waterfall Braid
Yet another DIY style for the active and stylish lady. This messy do is ideal if you are looking for a quick fix before heading out. The braid may be barely discernible, but it does a fine job of holding your hair back.
# 24 Grey Haired Simple Waterfall Braid Plait
Once again, the straight look is in. While it may lack texture, this solid thick waterfall braid comes to the rescue and spreads the hair around. If you love experimenting with light colors, this is your chance to take things up a notch.
# 25 Cinnamon Coated Strands
Aside from looking polished and elegant, straight strands are great for more reasons than one. The only drawback is that they lack texture. By just adding a small waterfall braid, our cinnamon coated girl gets a bit of character without going too far.
# 26 Naturalista Messy Waves and Loose Waterfall Braid
There’s something about curly hair that just makes it resilient against days of bed head. Our natural brunette here prefers to go hand in hand with the way mother nature intended and just add a loose waterfall braid to keep the front hair out of her face.
# 27 Mermaid Hair Waterfall Braid
Definitely a throwback look, this style has been around since waterfall braids were first in existence. The round plait goes very well with the slightly wavy and blonde balayage locks.
# 28 Engagement Side Waterfall Braid with Mistletoe
With this style on your head, anytime is a good time for a kiss. This do is ideal for a surprise engagement party and the way the golden blonde highlights pop out is simply breathtaking.
# 29 Half Up Half Down Caramel Waterfall Braid
One of the advantages of sporting a waterfall braid is that it showcases colors in quite an unusual way. With this up do, the caramel and blonde highlights really pop out against the darker roots.
# 30 Pretty Dirty Blonde Soft Waves with Side Braid
Again, the waterfall braid does not always have to be center stage. This girl uses it to complement her dirty blonde hair without going all the extra distance to focus on braiding technique. The loosely done waterfall braid is not only a great backdrop, it also creates a gorgeous crown.
As you have seen, braiding gives you quite the array of options for styles and colors. Whether you are looking for a full-on glam moment or just need a quick way to elevate your normal, everyday look, a neat waterfall braid is a definite winner. It doesn’t even matter how long, short, messy or perfect your hair is; a waterfall braid works on medium, short and even extra long strands as well. How about giving all the above styles a try and see which one complements you look like a charm?