Usually when we do a waterfall braid, we start with straightened hair. Be sure and spray with a heat protection spray first. We don't do this often because I like to stay away from heat as much as possible, but it does seem to make a difference with this hairstyle.
Part the hair on the side and pick up three pieces from the front and begin as if you are going to do a regular French braid. Cross the left piece over the middle. Then, cross the right piece over the middle. Add a small section of hair to the left and cross over the middle. Add a small section of hair to the right and cross over the middle.
Now, things will change just a little. You will hand the left section of hair to your child and pick up a section of hair from behind that piece. Cross that over the middle. Add to your right piece as usual for a French braid and cross over the middle. Hand the left section of hair to your child and pick up a section from behind that piece and cross over the middle. Your child will now be holding two sections of hair. It's okay if they just hold them together.
Continue this pattern until you get to where you choose to stop. For this hairstyle, we will continue around the head.
Your child can let go of the first sections and start again if it's getting hard to hold.
Because we went around from one side to the other, we ended by just braiding the last three pieces about halfway to hold it in place for our next step. You can do just one side and braid to the bottom with the last three pieces you choose to work with.
We love this hairstyle just like this, but it is definitely a calm day style. We needed something today that was a little more durable for a day of play. Check our next post for what we chose to do.