20 Flowing Waterfall Braid Styles

A waterfall braid is a style that allows you to weave a circle, horizontal or diagonal plait throughout loose hair with strands flowing through it like streams in a real waterfall. You can wear this just as easily during an everyday activity, like an office meeting, as you would to a formal event. Long or short, blonde or brunette, this hairdo looks beautiful on every woman.

The Beauty and Practicality of Waterfall Braids

This type of braid is super cute, and it can look a bit or even a lot different from style to style. But that’s not all. Waterfall braids are very handy for long or thick hair that you love to wear loose, but need to pin to prevent it from falling into your face. Choose the braid pattern you like the most and test a few half updos from the gallery below to find your most appealing half up half down waterfall look.

#1: Silver and Smoke

One of the best ways to show off a trendy dye job like the silvery grey balayage, for instance, is with a waterfall style. The twisted effect allows you to bring the darker base colors to the surface to be seen in a way they normally wouldn’t. For an added detail, wind the tail tightly to achieve a nice contrast to the romanticism of the braid.

#2: 5-Strand Waterfall Braid

Even if you have shoulder length hair, you should not miss out on fun styles. A waterfall braid with curls can be just as effective for medium length locks as it is for long hair, in case your hair is thick enough. This look is perfect when you need some texture to break up dense dark strands.

#3: Jeweled Crown

Every crown needs to sparkle—even braid crowns. Give your style the royal treatment by adding jeweled pins into the twisted braid. The half updo is perfect for weddings, proms or anything in between.

#4: Double Waterfall Braid

Two is better than one! When you have light hair that is long and all one color, sometimes details can get lost. Use a double waterfall braid to make sure that your style has maximum impact. This lovely look is sure to turn more than a few heads.

double waterfall braid half updo for blonde hair

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#5: Braid with Jeweled Barrette

Gonna have a date and want to impress your partner? This 4-strand waterfall braid will be the best choice for such intentions. Soft beachy waves and neat accessory will ideally suit your romantic look.

#6: Long Half-Updo

Half-updos are perfect for an event that requires you to look pulled together, but not extremely formal. Braids will elevate a basic long hairstyle without much effort on your part. It’s the best way to complete a polished look in a short amount of time.

#7: Knots of Love

When it comes to the most impressive hairdos, it’s the little details that count. Winding spirals show off the gorgeous golden brown balayage. Even something as simple as wrapping hair around a ponytail holder makes the style look more sophisticated.

half updo with a dutch waterfall braid

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#8: Purple Romance

One of the great things about a waterfall braid is that it doesn’t look out of place with edgy styles like this punchy purple cut. A delicate flower detail also pairs well with the moody midnight violet color. It’s a style that works especially good for younger women, those who have a fun spirit.

#9: Natural Waves

If you woke up late for a presentation or an important interview, a waterfall style would make it look like you put in a lot of effort into your hairstyle even when you really didn’t. Plus, it’s the perfect complement to air-dried natural waves. Cut down on the time it takes to complete by doing a twist instead of a braid.

#10: Free and Flowing

The braid doesn’t have to be the star of the show; it can be a nice back drop to cascading curls. Embrace the bohemian flair with a knotted detail and a bold blonde streak; style with a lace top in a fun color to truly make a statement.

#11: Beautiful Side Waterfall Braid

The look with waterfall braid and long flowing waves you see in the photo is so girlish and cute! The flannel shirt makes it more casual and even homey. But don`t think such braid is for everyday use only. It pairs with evening gowns as well.

#12: Fire and Ice

Go bold with a mix of fiery red and cool blonde hues. While the focus will probably be on your vibrant bodacious curls, a braid crown will give your hairstyle a whimsical touch that will keep it from looking like you are trying too hard but rather having fun.

#13: Long and Luscious

It can be tough to maintain super long hair—from washing to styling it, everything seems like a chore. On the days when you don’t want to curl, straighten or even brush your hair, a waterfall crown is an easy way to keep you looking fresh and stylish.

#14: Sweet and Sensible

At first glance the double waterfall braid looks complicated. Yes, it takes effort, but it is definitely worth it! Learn how to do this braid and it will be a time and money saver. Having such a marvelous hairstyle in your beauty arsenal you won`t need to go to the salon so often. Perfect!

#15: Cinnamon Coated Strands

Straight strands are great for many reasons—they instantly look polished and elegant. But, the only downside is that they lack texture. Now with a small braid you can have the best of both worlds, a little bit of character without extreme textures and elements overpowering the look.

#16: Occasion Ready Curls

Next time you have a major event that requires a hair stylist, take advantage and ask for a quick tutorial on a style you always wanted to try. That way some time in the near future you may be able to put this curly twisted look together on your own with no assistance needed.

#17: Pretty Blonde Curls

To cut down on waterfall braid steps, opt for a style that focuses less on the precise braiding technique and more on the overall feel of the style. A loosely twisted crown will give you a similar vibe without all of the extra effort. This works especially well if you have thick hair.

#18: Craving Caramel

One of the benefits of a waterfall is that is shows off your color in an unusual way. With a hairstyle like this, caramel highlights will really pop against dark chocolate roots. Plus, it creates a gorgeous swirled effect within your crown.

#19: Thick Wavy Balayage Hair

Medium hair can seem heavy and dense around smaller faces. One way to combat this is with a balayage dye job. The lighter pieces break the density and give your style a weightless feel.

#20: Dipped Tips

Add some spice to a waterfall braid hairstyle with a fun temporary color. Blonde hair is a great base because any brighter color will really pop against it. Red is perfect for those women who want to turn down the sweet and turn up the sassy.

When you need a quick way to elevate your everyday look, or a full-on glam moment, a waterfall braid is a sure winner. Length is not an issue; this style can work on medium to extra-long strands and many different textures.