We’re entering a whole new decade, which means it’s time to risk it all—and try something new like a waterfall braid. The waterfall braid, aka the cool cousin to the traditional French braid, is an easy and romantic style that even an absolute beginner can master in a few easy-to-follow steps.
Keep scrolling for some expert intel from celebrity and Mayvenn stylist Dontè Mitchell, who works with Tia Mowry, Gabourey Sidibe, Veronica Webb, and Christina Hendricks, and celebrity stylist and UNITE hair ambassador Graham Nation of Ken Paves Salon, on how to nail the waterfall braid, once and for all.
Don’t Sweat The Technique
When it comes to waterfall braids, the options are endless. “French braids and halo braids can be manipulated into a waterfall braid,” explains Mitchell. “It really just depends on how creative you want to get.”
1) Be prepared! Bobby pins and hair pins are very important. “I always bring my full kit just because you never know what type of texture the hair will turn to once product has been put on it,” explains Mitchell.
2)Prep your hair. “Prepping the hair with the right hairspray or pomade first, is the first step to all day hold,” he adds.
3)Begin the braid and know your hair type. “Working off of what hair type you have is imperative,” explains Nation. “If you have fine hair, you won’t want to put a massive waterfall braid in your hair because it will look off balance. The same applies for putting a small braid in your hair when you have loads of hair—this will only make the braid look lost in your sea of locks.”