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French Fishtail Braid

THE LOOK

This braid is a head-turner. By combining French braiding techniques with the fishtail braid style, you’ll create a stunning herringbone-shaped braid. Once you’ve mastered the regular fishtail braid, you’ll love adding the dynamic herringbone shape to your look. Best suited to long hair or hair without layers, this distinctive braid can be worn straight or curved into a gorgeous chignon.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Hard

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes

ACCESSORIES

With so much beautiful detail, this hairstyle doesn’t need many accessories, but you can wear a headband to add a pretty touch to the front.

TRY THIS

By braiding your hair on a diagonal angle, you can create a beautiful side French fishtail braid. Curve your braid around to form a fishtail chignon.

Top : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Deauvanné.
Bottom left : Hairstyling and makeup by Erin Skipley, photography by Jasmine Star,
modeling by Amber Anderson.
Bottom right : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by Carolyn Mach.

HOW TO GET IT FRENCH FISHTAIL BRAID

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Hair elastic

1). Brush your hair to remove any knots. Take a section of hair at the back of your head and split it into two equal sections.

2). Holding one section in each hand, use your index finger to add in hair from the left side of your head and cross it over and add to the right section.

3). Repeat on the right side, picking up hair and adding it to the left section.

4). Continue adding in hair and crossing to the opposite section until there’s no more hair left to add.

5). Finish in a regular fishtail braid and secure the end with an elastic.

TOP TIP : This style works best in long hair without too many layers. Try to keep each section small and even to emphasize the herringbone shape. You can also gently pull at the sides of the braid to give it more volume.

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