Polish up your braiding skills by learning how to do a fishtail braid. As one of the most impressive-looking braids, the fishtail braid is an absolute must trick for hair styling Queens. Messy and tousled or neat and sleek, style it your way with our step-by-step guide.
For a braided look with an ethereal touch, the fishtail braid is the perfect style. It’s a go-to for Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively, who loves a messy fishtail braid, as well as actress and model Kate Bosworth who prefers to rock a tight braid.
The finished effect is more detailed and intricate than French or Dutch braids – but it’s easy to master once you’ve nailed the basics. You can then use the technique to create a number of glam-looking new styles on both long and short-length hair, including festival fishtails.
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Here’s how to fishtail braid your hair
1. Prep your hair with total volume foam
2. Twist dry product into hair
3. Separate hair at crown before braiding
4. Divide crown section into two
5. Separate a small section from the left and
pass it over into the right
6. Separate a small section from the right and
pass it over into the left
7. Continue this technique down the hair
8. Secure with an elastic
9. Tease the braid with fingers to soften the look
10. Loosen a few sections around the face to frame
11. Mist your fishtail braid with hairspray
step one: Prep hair with ghd total volume foam
Use ghd total volume foam to add body to your hair, combing through with your fingers.
step two: Twist dry your hair
Twist sections of your hair then dry with the ghd air hair dryer to dry in product and create texture.
step three: Section your hair at the crown
Section your hair at the crown, this is where you will begin your braid.
step four: Divide crown section into two
Split the crown section in half with equally sized sections of hair on each side.
step five: Take a section of hair from the left and cross it over into the right
To create the first stitch of your fishtail braid, take a one-inch-wide piece from the left section of hair and cross it over on to the right side.
Tip: For a looser braid, don’t pull the hair too tight.
step six: Take a section of hair from the right and cross it over into the left
Repeat on the other side, taking a section from the right and passing it over into the left. Try to incorporate a one-inch-sized section of hair every time.
step seven: Continue technique down the hair
Continue this technique until you have braided the full length of your hair.
step eight: Secure with an elastic
Use a hair elastic to secure the end of your braid.
step nine: Tease and pinch the braid to soften the look
To create a more tousled effect, use your fingers to gently tease out sections of the braid.
Tip: Skip this step for a tighter looking braid.
step ten: Loosen a few sections around the face
Soften the look by loosening a few small front sections to frame your face and spritz with hair spray.