Tricks + Treats: Cascade Braid with Sarah Lockhart

Hello, dear readers! This is Sarah, and I could not be more excited to add a style post to Elsie's parade of Tricks + Treats!

I think that braids are one of the most versatile and easy hairstyles to wear during Autumn. They are textured and seemingly unintentional, or smoothed and polished.
Today, I'm sharing the cascade/waterfall braid with you. I think it's really easy to do on yourself, and others, and you can switch it up a bit to match your day's style. 
We decided to use it for a halo shape!


Step One: Begin with a standard 3 strand braid.


Step Two: After 3 or 4 weaves, drop a strand. Gather a new strand that pulls the braid toward your wanted direction. Repeat as many times as necessary until you get your desired shape.

It really is that easy!





* If you pull at strands as you go, you can get an even more defined braid shape (like Elsie's)! Love, Sarah

Thanks, Sarah! This is so much fun. You can style my hair any day…. You're the best! Love, Els
ps… here are a few sneak peeks from our shop today! the sign is up (YAY!) and so is the vinyl… now we're just doing finishing touches (i'll blog much more about this next week! this is just a tiny peek)…


  • i really like the barrel curls in the red heads hair, would you do that before or after you braid it?

  • it look cute!

    i want to learn this for a long time!

    thanks for sharing;D

  • When I try and do this the strand I drop just points towards the plait and sticks out funny, I tried plaiting it very loose but it still does it, my hair would never flop downwards like the blond hair in the picture of it being plaited. Is my hair weird? Its so frustrating it just isn’t working at all 🙁

  • I tried this today… It worked pretty well but I need to do it when my hair is damp and have a bobby pin & mirror. Great idea, thank you!


  • What a lovely idea…such a sweet twist on the standard braid. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Rev. Shanandoah

  • I had always wanted to learn about this topic … I think it’s great the way you expose .. great work and continuing on with this great blog

  • The storefront looks amazing, I can’t wait to stop in and check it out!
    I also love this braid. I have seen other tutorials but this one makes it look a little easier than others. I have tried so hard to do this on my head but have only been successful when someone else does it. It’s harder than it looks! Oof! What a cool hairstyle though; I’ll keep trying!

  • amazing.. I really enjoyed your Blog..! Congrats! 🙂 I am e new blogger and is very inspiring for me to see such a great Blog! 🙂 xxx

  • I love this look! I’ve just mastered the fish tail braid, so it’s on to a new challenge!

  • I love this article. It’s so amazingly adorable and it makes me want to try that tomorrow. Soooo cute.

  • I featured this on my blog!

    xoxo Cara Mason

  • Braids are always darling. And the store looks amazing, I really can’t wait to see more!

  • So pretty! I love ‘messy’ braids, this is a new way to do them! Thank you!

  • I love the braids!

    It’s so great to see your shopp come together. It makes me believe that someday I’ll be able to do what I love also! Good luck to you guys! 🙂

  • The shop is looking great! Can’t wait to see before and afters!

    Also, great hair post – going to give it a try later 🙂

  • love the braids…and can’t wait to see more photos of the store, it looks amazing so far!

  • I’m going to wear my hair this way today…we will see how it goes, hairstyling isn’t really my strength….I also have pretty short hair.

  • I’m going to try this with my hair this weekend! Love it!

    What I love even more are the photos of the shop! Can’t wait to see more… Good luck with everything!

  • I’ll have to try this one out, my hair is so much shorter than I’m used to rn that I’ve been keeping it verrry simple. The store looks great! Very engaging window display 🙂

  • that is super gorgeous, even though it is really simplistic. unfortunately, when I tried to do it to myself i FAILED. 🙁

  • love it! i always wear my hair the same way because i’m so rushed in the morning, but this looks like an easy and fun alternative. i’ll have to give it a try!

  • OMG ! It’s so gorgeous, I wish I lived close by so I could visit… REGULARLY! Congratulations on making your dreams a reality!

  • they look so good, ad you make it look so easy, i’m going to try it myself, bet its not as easy as it looks!

  • That’s really cool! It looks great on you both, love your flower as well Elsie!

  • Hello! I recommended your blog in my own blog and posted one of your photos, of course with a link. I hope that’s ok, otherwise leave me a comment 🙂

    Here’s my post:

    (It’s in swedisch but i promise it’s just nice words ;))

  • aww im so excited to see a post from sarah. i adore her and her blog. =) its even better that its about braids!!! great post! cant wait to try this.

  • How exciting! Love the shop sign and the crochet blankets in the window. That’s a great display.

  • aw love the braids – and so excited for your shop. wish i was closer or id be there for the grand opening. it looks amazing though!

  • The shop front looks stunning! Well done all of you, you’ve worked so hard – you must be exhausted/ectastic in equal measure!

  • The shop looks so beautiful!
    Good luck with the opening, its going to be great 🙂 x

  • HOW COMPLETELY EXCITING!!! It seemed like only yesterday that you were talking about this! SUPER CONGRATS to you girly!

  • I am so in love with the afghan blanket draped over the bike seat. I reminds me of a navy blue and white one I had growing up. I love the colors in yours.

  • Those braids look lovely! I’ve never been able to do them on myself – so I might give this a try 🙂
    The store looks incredible! Can’t wait to see before and after pics

  • just seeing the sign up. makes me super super super excited for you guys! oh man. i need a road trip to see it in person!!!!

  • oh and ps I got the nun fabric pouch from mypapercrane 🙂 it is so awesome!

  • awww sister braids!! 🙂 so cute! You two have great hair lol so pretty! I wore a braid today but only because it needs a cut and highlight asap!!
    Your store looks wonderful! How exciting!!

  • love the braid! i’ll use in college tomorow…

    the sign is up and GEORGEOS!!! i so wish i’d live in U.S. to visit your store… promess that when i take my first trip out off brazil, your shop is in my list 🙂

  • what a great tutorial! Thanks Sarah! And, Elsie, we all LOVE seeing sneek peaks of the store. especially those of us who wont be able to visit anytime soon. (hello, from california) It looks like its going to be perfect!!!

  • holy smokes i am getting SO excited for the shop!! :))


  • i seriously want to do that to my hair, RIGHT NOW! i am terrible at braiding my own hair, though, which is sad. your shop, on the other hand, looks sooo happy &lovely! i especially love the yarn-covered bike! it reminds me of one that was @renegade!
    xoxo nicole

  • soooo so so so pretty, it has such a great feel. wish I could be there on thursday, love you all.

    also, thanks for the tutorial Sarah, I’m going to try this 🙂

  • Yay!! I love this tutorial! Ive been waiting for this one all day. Thanks for sharing, Sarah!!

    Talia Christine

  • These are so pretty! I might try it out tomorrow (:
    Wow Elsie, I’m so excited! The sign look adorable and I can’t wait to see what’s inside! x

  • great post with the braid! it looks lovely.

    also, i love the sign for your shop!!

  • Love the red velvet sign. Ooh, is that bike in th front window wrapped in yarn? It looks lovely! 🙂

    xo, Katie

  • I love the hairstyle! I can never do cute braids in my hair, so maybe i’ll try this!

    the shop looks so pretty! i hope you’re having so much fun putting everything together!

  • i’m so excited to see the shop! it keeps making me happy that you took it in a different direction stylistically than your last one. i bet it was a lot of fun.

  • It looks SO good Els. And I want to try the braid now too…so easy & fun for fall!

  • I am so excited for the store!! I thought of you guys at Bath & Body Works (sorry, not handmade!) and their new anti-bacterial was Red Velvet cupcake smell! Ooh….I know, I know, I’m a dork, I bet peeps think of you everytime they walk down the cake mix aisle, too!! 😉 The window looks great, I’m so excited to see more pics!!!!!! Thanks for the awesome days of tricks & treats, you are incredible and so are all of your blog friends!

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