4 Strand Upward Waterfall Braid

Video Tutorial: Beautiful 4 Strand Waterfall Braid. A Sweet style for family pictures, school pictures, and more.

I stumbled upon this braid one day recently.  I had seen pictures of a 4 strand waterfall braid and thought that I would give it a try. 

I love trying to do a style that I’ve seen without watching a tutorial on it first.  I can often recreate a braid or hairstyle just by looking at it.  I’ll admit, other times it’s a total flop and I’m left entirely confused!  But sometimes, my favorite times, I wind up with a new style!  It certainly wasn’t the original style that I was going for, but it’s something special and beautiful.  That was the case with this 4 strand upward waterfall braid. 

I was trying to do a 4 strand waterfall braid and ended up with this.  It’s different from a typical 4 strand waterfall braid in the way that you are adding hair.  The piece of hair that is cascading comes from the bottom and loops up and then down – hence the upward waterfall name.  You really could consider it a lace braided waterfall too since you are only adding hair on one side.  However you think of it – it’s a beautiful and easy hairstyle for all ages!

Let’s get started on how to do the 4 strand upward waterfall braid!

Supplies you’ll need:  small elastic, hairbrush and optional – hair accessory of choice, hairspray.

Step 1.  Start by brushing out the hair.  Take a section of hair from along the left side of her face, from part line to ear.

Step 2.  Divide the hair into 4 sections.  From part line going down, we will call these 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Step 3.  Take your top most strand (1), and go under the strand next to it (2), then over the next one (3) then under the next one (4).

Step 4.  Switch the places of your middle two strands.

Step 5.  Drop the strand on the bottom and pick up a new strand from the hair hanging just behind where you dropped it from – that hair becomes your new fourth strand.

Step 6.  Repeat steps 3-5 until you have braided all the way around the head. 

Step 7.  When you pick up your new fourth strand by the other side of her face, you will need to take in larger sections to have it pull properly and end by her right ear.  After you have added in the last section from by her right side of her face, continue with a 4 strand braid for another stitch to have something to hold onto and to keep your braid tight.

Step 8.  Secure with an elastic tight against her head.

Step 9.  Add your favorite clip or accessory to cover the elastic.  Spray with hairspray if you’d like. 

Step 6.  Secure with an elastic.

You’re done!

Video Tutorial: Beautiful 4 Strand Waterfall Braid. A Sweet style for family pictures, school pictures, and more.


4 Strand Upward Waterfall Braid - learn how on hairbylori.com4 Strand Upward Waterfall Braid - learn on hairbylori.com


The 4 strand upward waterfall braid is so easy to do for how beautiful it is!  This would be a great look for prom, weddings or other formal events – but could also just as easily be worn as a pretty every day look.   You can also do it starting at each side (as I did in picture above) and end it in the center of the back of the head.  You could play around with a microbraid (picture above) or ribbon for the third strand.  Have fun and play around with it!

I hope that you’ll give it 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 #HBL4StrandUpwardWaterfall so that I can find it.

Thank  you so much for reading!  I hope that you’ll come back soon. 

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