I love waterfall braids. They are quick to do, but add the prettiest touch to a hairstyle. You can add curls to them and have an easy formal style. I love them! And though I only have my daughter’s long hair to work on, waterfall braids are perfect to do on shorter hair too.
I have seen, tried and loved the Dutch 3D Braid – you can find a tutorial from Jill Ehat here and a great DIY tutorial from Donna aka Braidsandstyles12 here. The Dutch 3D braid such a great style for sports or a cute every day look. I thought it would look amazing as a waterfall braid, and was thrilled when I tried it and it worked!
I finished my 3D waterfall braid with a little braided flower, aka a rosette, but you could end yours however you like.
Let’s get started on how to do the 3D Waterfall Braid!
Step 1. Brush out the hair and part to your preference. Pick up a section of hair by the face, from the top part line down to the ear, then split that section of hair into 4 pieces.
Step 2. Take the bottom piece underneath the two strands next to it, then over the strand to the right of it (the last one that you went under).
Step 3. Take the top most piece under the two strands to the right of it and then over the strand to the left of it (the last one that you went under).
Step 4. Add a small section of hair to your bottom most piece that you are holding, then repeat step 2.
Step 5. Add a small section of hair to the top most piece that you are holding – then waterfall that piece through, both the hair that you added in and the strand you were holding – so that it lays on top of the bottom most piece and under the two middle pieces.
Step 6. Pick up a new section of hair to replace that top strand from right under where that strand was laying, then repeat step 3 with that strand.
Step 7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have braided as far as you would like – I did it all the way around the head, but you can end it where ever you would like.
Step 8. You could secure with an elastic at the end of your braid – or you can do as I did – continue braiding out a 3D round braid by taking the outer strands and going under the two next two it and then back over one, then secure with an elastic. I wrapped this braid up into a rosette (or a braided flower) and secured with bobby pins. I did not show it in the video, but I pulled the end of the hair from the braid through the waterfall section of my waterfall braid to keep it nicely tucked out of the way.
You could spray with hairspray to secure it even more if you’d like or add curls for a more formal look.
I hope that you’ll give this 3D Waterfall Braid a try! If you do, I would love to see how it turns out for you! You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use hashtag #HBL3DWaterfallBraid so that I can find it.
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