PICTORIAL: How to do a Fishtail Braid

This summer I’ve got a little obsessed with learning new braid techniques and the different updo’s I can do with them. So I figured why don’t I share the techniques I’ve learned with you guys.

The first braid I’m going to show you is one of my favourite types of plaits, is the fishtail braid.

I love it because it’s easy and looks cute hairstyle that looks good on both straight and curly hair.

Okay, so this pictorial is for the classic side fishtail braid, but you can always change it up. Put in the middle within a low or high ponytail, whatever you like.

For step by step instructions, see below…

Step 1: Brush out the tangles in your hair and pull to one side (if you have curly hair and are going for the messy look, you can skip this step).

Step 2: Separate your hair into two equal pieces.

Steps 3-4: Take a small section on either side closest to your face and pull it over into the other side. Do the same on the other side.

Steps 5-7: Continue this technique until all hair has been plaited, pulling both sides apart after each time you have added hair to the opposite side. This tightens the braid.

Step 8: Tie at the bottom with a hair tie. At this point, you can leave this braid as is, if you are trying to achieve a neat braid.

Step 9: If you are after the messy braid, you should now begin pulling apart different parts of the braid to loosen the plait as much as desired.

And that’s it!  It might take a little practice, but I hope this tutorial helps!

TIP* The smaller the sections you add to the opposing side when braiding, the more intricate the braid will look at the end.

I’ll be posting more braid tutorials soon, so watch this space 🙂

Ameera x



5 thoughts on “PICTORIAL: How to do a Fishtail Braid

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