I hope everyone is enjoying the “Hairstyling with NuMe” series so far! Today we have another fun hairstyle tutorial — the waterfall braid! 🙂 It’s been a lot of fun to do these hairstyles on myself and my siblings, and the NuMe Titan3 Curling Wand Set has made creating curls so easy and effortless! And they stay so well, too! For those who follow me on Instagram, you saw the picture of my hair for my bridal shower — and those curls looked great all night. 🙂
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Okay, let’s dive right into today’s hairstyle — which is curls with a waterfall braid!
Step 1: Curl
Curl your hair, however works best for you. I’m using the NuMe Titan3 Curling Wand set with the middle sized barrel. For those who have my type of hair (long, thick, heavy, stubborn hair), check out my first post where I show you, step by step, how to curl your hair. 🙂
I used the middle curling wand on my sister, but if I was to do it again, I would use the smallest curling wand. Tight curls look really cute on little girls, in my opinion. 🙂
Step 2: Add hair to the first strand, closest to the top of the head
Take a chunk of hair near your front hairline and split it into 3 sections. Start doing a normal french braid — incorporating a new chunk of hair from the top of the hair.
Step 3: Drop the third strand (farthest from the top of the head) and pick up a new one
When you go to add a new chunk of hair from the third strand (the strand farthest from the top of the head), drop the strand and pick up a new strand from right next to it. This is what will give your braid that ‘waterfall’ effect.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3
Continue to add hair to the first strand, and pick up a new strand every time you go to braid the third strand over.
By the way, I am assuming that everyone knows how to braid and french braid. If you don’t know how, either let me know (so I can consider doing a tutorial on both of those for you) or do a searching on YouTube. A lot of great beauty guru’s do a step-by-step video explaining how to do both a regular braid and a french braid. 🙂
Step 5: When you reach the back of your head, finish with a regular braid
After you’ve braided almost all the way down your strand of hair, use a little black elastic band and tie your braid. This is only a temporary fix, so don’t worry if the tie doesn’t look nice or you didn’t tie it particularly nice — it won’t be on there for long. 🙂
Step 6: Loosen the braids (if desired) and spray it with hairspray
The first part of this step is optional. I like it when a hairstyle has a really loose, effortless look to it, so I just pulled on her braid a tad to make the braid look larger and also give it a soft, natural look. Then a sprayed the braid and the curls with hairspray to help hold the hairstyle (I am using an older version of the Kenra Platinum Finishing Spray 26).
Step 7: Repeat the steps on the other side
Repeat steps 2 to 6 on the other side of your hair. Once your done the two braids should meet in the middle at the back of your head. But go ahead and braid it regularly for a while before tying it off.
Step 8: Gather the two braids together at the back
Pull the two braids together at the back and secure it with some type of clip. I used a Flexi Clip, as it really decorates the hairstyle and is super easy to use, too! (which is a huge plus and something I appreciate!)
Step 9: Remove the hair ties
Remove both ties from the braids and undo the braids up to your clip, so your hair hands free.
And now that the two braids are joined, you can loosen or tighten the braid as much as you like. Because you have some strands of the hair hanging out (the ‘waterfall’ part of the braid), it makes it really easy to either tighten or loosen the braids. So however you like to wear your hair, go for it. 🙂
Step 10: If needed, recurl strands
If you notice that any of your curls have kind of fallen because of running your fingers through it (when you were braiding), just take your curling wand and recurl those areas. It doesn’t take long — just hold it for a few seconds and your curls will be good to go. Don’t touch your curls when you finish until they’ve cooled. Use hairspray once you are done!
AND YOU’RE DONE!!!!
Once all the curls look the way you want them to…you’re finished!
After I finished my sister’s hair, she went and put on her dress-up gown and play high-heels and pretended she was a princess. 🙂 I thought she looked sooooo grown up and pretty with her curly hair!
REMEMBER: NuMe is sponsoring a giveaway on From My Vanity! If you didn’t see my original post where I did a tutorial on curling your hair, make sure you take a look and see how you could win a NuMe Curl Jam set to try out on yourself! (worth over $200!)
Question to my Readers: Do you enjoy braiding your hair? Do you like a regular braid, french braid, inverted braid, fishtail braid? Tell me what braid you enjoy doing the most! 🙂
Kate S (4readin) says
Your little sister is adorable! Having younger siblings myself, I know what it's like to look at them and be amazed at how much they have grown up.
Thanks for showing us how to do they hairstyle. I was actually recently wondering how to do that. I will have to give it a try sometime soon!
Aww, what a darling sister and hairstyle! I love the effect of the waterfall braid alongside the pretty curls!
Katie McCurdy says
Kate – I know, I hear you! Time goes by so fast! 🙂
Bethany – Yeah, I thought it turned out really well, and the curls made it more fancy, I thought. 🙂
Luz (Lucy) says
Gorgeous and delicate!
Katie McCurdy says
Luz – Thank you!