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Fishtail Chignon

THE LOOK

This is an interesting twist on the fishtail braid. Sometimes referred to as a seashell braid, this curving fishtail has a shell-like quality and is a beautiful upstyle for day or night. This style is complicated and is one of the harder looks to master, but the effects are stunning and well worth the practice.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Hard

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes

ACCESSORIES

Jeweled pins or a beautiful brooch pinned into the chignon would certainly set this style on fire.

TRY THIS

If you have long hair, you can finish at step 5 and leave your hair out in a side fishtail braid. A simpler version is to do a regular fishtail braid and twist it up into a bun, or make it more complicated by doing a tighter braid and adding in another turn to the braid to create an S shape at the back of your head.

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Top : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by Elly Hanson.
Bottom left : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.
Bottom right : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Deauvanné.

HOW TO GET IT

WHAT YOU NEED
• Brush
• Clear hair elastic
• Bobby pins
• Hairspray (optional)

1). Brush your hair back to remove any knots and then make a short part on the right side of your head. Take a section of hair to begin your braid.

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2). Make a French fishtail braid from the top right of your head to the bottom left. French fishtail braids use the same technique as a regular fishtail, but you add in extra hair from each side as you braid. To do this, pick up a small section of hair from the left and cross it into your right hand, then pick up a small section of hair on the right and cross it over into your left hand. Repeat this as you braid diagonally downward.

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3). When your braid reaches behind your left ear, start to curve it around and then braid along your lower hairline.

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4). When you have reached the bottom right side of your head, continue into a regular side fishtail braid until all your hair is braided, and secure the end with a clear elastic.

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5). Twist the braid up and around into a spiral bun. Pin in place with bobby pins and spritz some hairspray for extra hold.

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TOP TIP : This hairstyle is best in long hair without too many layers. Try to keep each section you add in to the braid small and even. This will emphasize the seashell shape. See tips for mastering the French fishtail braid.

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