Waterfall Ponytail | Sport Hairstyle

I realised it was about time for another sports hairstyle tutorial, so today I’m going to show you how to create this cool waterfall braid ponytail! If you can waterfall braid, you’ll have this hairstyle down pretty quick. For those of you who can’t waterfall braid yet, see my tutorial here. I sort of just came up with this hairstyle yesterday, but I’m sure it’s been done before. 😀




The thing that’s a bit different in this hairstyle to a normal waterfall braid in this tutorial is that the actually drop the top strand instead of the bottom one. {Watch the short video down below to see what I mean 😉 }



Items needed: one hair tie, 4 bobby pins, hairspray.

Time: 5-10 minutes

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. To begin with take a small section from one side of the hair in the front and separate the hair into 3 sections..
  2. Do the first stitch of a normal waterfall braid, only drop the top strand out of the way {instead of the bottom one}.
  3. Now pick up a small section of hair to add back into the braid and add it back as the top piece. You have basically just dropped the top strand and replaced it with a new strand in the exact same location.
  4. Now take that top  strand and cross it over the middle strand.…
  5. You then add hair to the bottom strand {this is exactly what you would do with a regular French braid}and cross it over the middle strand…
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 over and over again until you get to just past your ear..
  7. Using the three remaining strands, create a basic braid and secure the ends with an elastic or clip for now..
  8. Essentially you’re just doing a french braid the whole time, only you drop the top strand each time over and pick up some more hair from just behind the strand you’ve dropped and continue…
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 on the other side, {trust me it’s really not as complicated as it all sounds 😉 }
  10. When you have both braids secured, gather up all your hair {except the two braids} and pull up into a ponytail, just before you secure it, grab the two braids and add them into the rest of the hair…
  11. Once you have the ponytail secured pick up a small piece of hair from the back of the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie, and secure with a bobby pin or two.
  12. Finish with hairspray if desired. And you’re done!

A bonus to this hairstyle is that is you have any natural highlights in your hair {like me ;)}, or otherwise, they show up really well through the strands going into the ponytail! 😉




I hope you enjoyed this waterfall sports hairstyle! What other sports hairstyles would you like to see? And remember you can leave any other hairstyle requests here.

14 thoughts on “Waterfall Ponytail | Sport Hairstyle

  1. Very nice Clare! Beautiful!
    For some weird reason I can dutch braids really well on myself, and not very good at French braids, and then vice versus if I’m doing it on someone else. So would a dutch braid work with this instead? Thanks!

    1. Thank you Therese!
      I know what you mean, even though I learnt how to do a french braid first, I found dutch braids easier after I learnt how to do them.
      Can you do this hairstyle with a dutch waterfall braid? I’d say yes and no.
      One thing I would suggest is that you watch my video on how to do a normal waterfall braid here: https://setongirlshairstyles.com/2017/11/08/diy-waterfall-braid/ give that a try and see how you go, then watch the short video I have on this post which will show you the technique for this hairstyle.
      If that’s all too confusing, you could give the dutch waterfall braid a go, (you can see how to do it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEu5-TGTO0s ) I personally just find it more confusing than a normal waterfall braid. Hopefully that answered your question… 😉

      1. Ok thanks! Yes, I’ll give a dutch waterfall braid a go, and see if that works first. Thanks!

  2. GORGEOUS!!! O.o I LOVE Waterfall braids!! And absolutely LOVE this hairstyle!! Awesome post, Clare!!! <333

  3. Cute ponytail!😍 I’m Emily! I am a lifestyle blog that writes about a multitude of things such as relationships, life events, hauls, wedding planning, home decor, faith & MUCH MORE! Check it out!💖 —https://emilyryannblogblog.wordpress.com/

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