Princess Style Floating Braid With Video

My mom taught me how to do this braid when I was a little girl. I don't know if it's actually even a real braid or if it has a real name, but I love it nonetheless.
I remember practicing this on my "Corn Silk Cabbage Patch Doll." (Did anyone else have one of those?) Anyway, I've been trying for awhile now to remember how to do it. It finally came back to me!!

*Update: Over the past several years since we posted this hairstyle, this braid has become quite popular (with several different names.) The waterfall braid, fairytale braid and fall through braid! *We have also added several tutorials and variations of this braid through the years to our blog.... you can find those here: Waterfall Braid Hairstyles
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So yeah, watch the video first. But, this is showing how to secure the first side while you work on the other side.When you have both sides complete, join them together in the back with another elastic. See that ugly poofy section in the back? If you have this problem while trying to join the two braids, just tug on the hair beneath the braid and it should straighten out. (It did for me.) If it still doesn't look right, cover it up with a big flower or bow!!Here's the view from the top.
renaissance braid And the side.medieval hairstyleThe video: I did this assuming you already know how to french braid (not adding in a whole lot of explanation or detail.) It's really not much different from a french braid at all. And yes, my camera cut me off as usual. :(
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31 comments:

  1. This is SO cute! I'm definitely going to have to try this one out on Smarty Pants! :) You're so creative.

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  2. Way darling. We used to do these growing up too. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. OMG, that is soo neat! I've never seen it before.

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  4. that is so cool! :) I could never do that!!! REALLY~

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  5. So cute...maybe my oldest will let me try it!

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  6. I have never seen that before. I love it! I can't wait to try and make it look as beautiful as you did. Very pretty!

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  7. This is so beautiful! I love it! Thanks for the demo video. That totally helped me out. :)

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  8. Yeah I'd have never GOT that unless you did the video- very cute.

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  9. I found your blog from bowznstuff. I want to say a BIG heartfelt thank you. When I was growing up, my mother never braided or styled my hair...she didn't know how....because her mother never did that for. Now I have a little girl who is eight years old, and for the past eight years I have been doing what my mother did...nothing. But I kept longing to know how to syle my daughters hair. Since finding your blog, my daughter and I sit down at the computer, choose a style, and do it. She is loving it You have helped me to break a cycle between the daughters and mothers in my family. I'm teary just typing this. You've helped changed my relationship with my precious daughter for the permanent better. Thank you thank you thank you. Rufina

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  10. Oh....my... goodness. i've died and gone to heaven. I ADORE you! I have three girls... two taht have hair long enough to 'do stuff with'. And you are a total inspiration! i'll be logging in every morning before school starts to try and get their hair as cute as your wee girl's!

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  11. Drum roll please........The winner is YOU!!! Once again what a BRILLIANT style!

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  12. You had a cornsilk cabbage patch!!!! I am so jealous LOL! Fabulous hairstyle - really sooooo pretty!
    Cree

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  13. That's neat - I've never seen that before! So the pieces that your daughter is holding just gets left loose at the end, right?

    Thanks, as always, for sharing your talent and creativity!

    Micki
    mickiswing@yahoo.com

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  14. hi you have won a Lemonade award from me because your one of my 10 favourite blogs! check my blog to see!

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  15. I love this hairstyle. I was never fortunate enough to have a CPK - I was way too grownup for them. My daughter has 3, so we can play together!

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  16. I bet you she's the envy of every little girl in school. You must get a lot of requests from girlfriends.

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  17. I love it... I'm not sure if I understand how to do it, but I'm going to try it out on my dd today :) THANKS!!!!

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  18. wow! you've truly outdone yourself!! It reminds me of a midevil princess hairdo!!!Love it.

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  19. So, so pretty! I have to go back and watch the video. It looks hard!

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  20. That is definately AWESOME!! I can't wait for my girls to have longer hair!!!

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  21. This is awesome. I can't wait till my daughter is older and I can do this stuff!
    http://elislids.blogspot.com/

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  22. Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing something new! Sometimes I feel like I've seen every hairstyle a dozen times on various hair blogs, but you always have something original and creative. I did this on my daughter this morning and (although it took me two tries to figure it out!) it turned out great. Thank you!

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  23. Thanks for all the sweet comments! You girls are always so nice.

    Micki, I sent you an email. But just in case someone else is wondering the same thing... Have your daughter hold the spare strands until you get around to the back of her head. Secure with an elastic, then she can let go of the hair. (Yes, it just hangs loose) Make sense?

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  24. I just found your blog (via a link that somebody left on mine) and it's great! My daughter has long hair, so I'm really looking forward to trying out some of these styles.

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  25. Love it! Love it! I need to try it out. Hopefully my french braiding skills are getting good enough to have a decent shot at it turning out alright. Thanks for the cute idea and the video!

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  26. Holy Crap!!! I have NEVER seen this before... That is SOOOOO way COOOOOOOOOL!!!!!

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  27. I love this hairstyle. I wish I could do my hair this way. Unfortunately I don't have the time or patience. I think braids are "in" now.

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  28. Hi! I love your blog and wish I'd had this resource when I was raising three beautiful long-haired daughters. They learned to french braid their own hair and still have fun with their long hair today. Now they are raising daughters and I sent them a link to your blog.
    Anyway I have never seen this method. Very cute.
    ~a

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  29. This is called a fairytale braid :)

    I love all your hairstyles, hopefully my daughters will want to have hair long enough to try some of these out!

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  30. Love it (= Did this braid on my own hair at church camp and got a lot of coments on it. Could you do a style from WWI era?

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