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Fishtail Braid

THE LOOK

This braid is a favorite for long hair because it looks elaborate and difficult but is surprisingly easy to master. The fishtail braid is also referred to as the herringbone or fishbone braid, and is formed by sectioning your hair in two and then crossing over small sections of hair from side to side. It works beautifully in upstyles, as the unique texture adds a stunning twist to buns or chignons.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes

ACCESSORIES

The ultimate bohemian look is a messy fishtail braid and a flower crown—nothing too neat or precise with this loose hairstyle.

TRY THIS

Try twisting your fishtail braid into a chignon. The fishtail also adds a unique texture to buns and updos. Stretch the sides of your braid out to create a messy and bohemian look, or make three fishtails and braid them together like a triple braid.

Fishtail Braid A

Top : Photograph courtesy of Fine Featherheads. Photography by Kate Broussard, Soulshots Photography.

Fishtail Braid B

Bottom left : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.

Fishtail Braid C

Bottom right : Photograph courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed. Hairstyling by Karen Schaupeter, photography by Jared Flood, modeling by Hannah Metz.

HOW TO GET IT FISHTAIL BRAID

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Small clear hair elastic

1). Brush your hair to remove any knots. Split your hair into two equal sections. Hold one side in each hand and keep these separate as you braid.

Fishtail Braid - Step by Step A

2). Take a small piece of hair from the left side of the left ponytail and cross it over to the right ponytail.

Fishtail Braid - Step by Step B

3). Repeat on the right. Take a small piece of hair from the right side of the right ponytail and cross it over to the left ponytail.

Fishtail Braid - Step by Step C

4). Repeat this process all the way down your hair. Each time, cross a small piece of hair from one side to the other. As you move down your hair, the pieces will cross over to form the fishtail braid.

Fishtail Braid - Step by Step D

5). Secure the end of your fishtail braid with a small clear elastic. Gently pull at the sides of the braid to stretch it out. This will make your hair look thicker and fuller, and emphasize the shape of the braid.

Fishtail Braid - Step by Step E

TOP TIP : When you’re learning to fishtail braid, it’s easier to put your hair up in a ponytail. This is also helpful for keeping your braid in place, especially if you have layers. Doing the fishtail braid while your hair is wet will also make it easier to hold and allow you to be more precise.

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