Cheater Waterfall Braid

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Sorry for not having a new hairstyle posted for you last week.  This month has been full of family from out of town staying with us and a family reunion at Bear Lake.  If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, we shared some of these fun pics from our stay up at the lake.  And of course, if you don’t, we’d love it if you follow us on Instagram and if you follow us on Facebook as well!

We had a great time at Bear Lake, despite the water being chilly!  Before I get to our tutorial today I thought we’d share a few pics from our fun!  French braids were are “go-to” style so we didn’t have to worry about sunscreening parts in their hair.

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One afternoon my niece started braiding a few of the cousin’s together in a braid train, then she had me add her on to the end (she’s in the red on the right) and then add her sister to the other end.  We then had them walk outside for a pic with the lake in the distance.  It was a riot to see them all connected walking outside!

Braid Train at Bear Lake from BabesInHairland.com

And here’s the fun pic with them outside!  We had so much fun!

Braid Train at Bear Lake from BabesInHairland.com

So on with our tutorial.  This is actually a technique my 14 year old came up with.  She creates a waterfall braid differently than I do, so we thought we’d share her way of doing it in the hopes of helping some of you that may find waterfall braids a bit hard.

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Step 1 – Make a part off-center on the right side of the head

Step 2 – Divide out a small section of hair near the left temple and divide it into 3 even sections

Step 3 – Make a few full rotations or stitches of a regular 3 strand braid

Step 4 – Once you have plaited a few stitches, place the top or right section of the braid between your left hand’s index & middle finger

Step 5 – Grab a small amount of hair above the braid and draw it over the hair your left index & middle finger are holding

Step 6 – Pass that section of hair that you just grabbed and under the middle section of the braid and over the bottom section of the braid

By bringing that section of hair over and under like that, it weaves it through the braid and will be hanging down below the braid.

Step 7 – Then make 1 full rotation of the braid, bringing the top or right section over the middle section, and then the bottom or left section over the middle section

Step 8 – Again place the top or right section of the braid between your left hand’s index & middle finger

Step 9 – Grab a small amount of hair above the braid and draw it over the hair your left index & middle finger are holding

Step 10 – As before, pass that section of hair under the middle section of the braid and over the bottom section of the braid

Step 11 – Make another full rotation of the braid, bringing the top or right section over the middle section, and then the bottom or left section over the middle section

Step 12 – Continue this same pattern as much as desired.  We braided until we reached the middle of the back of the head & secured it with a clear elastic.

Step 13 – If desired, gently pull on edges of the braid to pancake it a bit so the braid can be seen a bit more

We did the braid rather tight, and so it almost resembled a plain waterfall twist, but by pulling on the edges and pancaking it a bit, you were able to see the braid a bit more.  If you use bigger sections to braid, that will also help.

Additional Options:

This style was simply to show you my daughter’s technique, but you could finish the style off in countless ways.  You can do one of these braids on each side and join them in the back of the head, or you could even do a double waterfall braid.  The options are endless!

FINISHED!

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Please comment and let us know what you think of this style!  And don’t forget to share and pin it as well!

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