How to create a fashionable fishtail braid

Creating your own fishtail braid is easy once you know how!

First you need to decide where you want to start the fishtail braid from, traditionally a braid is done from the nape of the neck but for a more fashionable look try starting your braid from the side so that it falls over one of your shoulders. You could also start your braid from the parting coming down along the hairline either on one side or on both. Play around and experiment with different ideas. Express your individuality in your fishtail braid style!

Then divide the hair you want to braid into two equal sections.
Begin your fishtail braid by holding one section with that same side hand. Then, using your other hand, pick up a small section of hair from the outside of that hand’s section and cross it over to the inside and add it to the section you are holding.
Now hold the section you have just taken a piece of hair from with the same side hand and repeat what you just did to the other side, taking a slice of hair from the outside, cross it over and again add it to the inside section of hair you are holding. Carry on picking up small sections and crossing them over, until you reach the end of your hairs’ length.

Fishtail braids tend to look better with taking finer sections, it adds more texture to the final braid.  You don’t need to make the braid too tight and don’t be too concerned if bits fall out of the braid along the way. A more fashionable fishtail braid is created with a messy bedhead look.

When you reach the end of the hairs’ length, secure with an elastic.

To finish your braid off, you can pull the braid slightly looser and give it a slight teased effect.

Don’t get despondent if you don’t get your braid perfect the first time. Remember, practice makes perfect.



  1. #1 by Leigh on July 3, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Finally Amanda, a wealth of knowledge glad to see you sharing it!! Nice one xxx

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