One of my favorite braiding techniques has to be the waterfall
braid. This technique combines the beautiful art of French
braiding, but releases the lower strand of hair as you go along,
letting it hang freely and loosely, giving it a much more casual
The fabulous folks over at Maxine Salon recreated a form
of the waterfall braiding technique on my hair. The process is as
simple as beginning a French braid and then as you fold the pieces
in, you release another piece. The result? A beautiful waterfall of
You can find a great tutorial (that has since been pinned)
here. This style works well on long and short styles. I
especially like the fact that you can use this as a means to tame
bangs you are growing out while spicing up a traditional straight
My style for the day combined a waterfall braid-look with other
levels of French braiding. On the side, the rest of my hair was
gathered in curls, creating a stunning woven up-do.
Once you've had the opportunity to recreate the waterfall with
your own (or your daughter's hair!), you can keep the other hair
straight or even curl for a finished look. You may even consider
gathering it into a sock bun to
combine two different popular styles.
What's your favorite braiding style? Have you tried the
Waterfall with success? Let me know.
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