Women Hairstyle

How to Fishtail Braid your Hair in 4 Easy Steps

Are you bored with your plain old braid and want to try a new hairstyle that is new and easy to create? Go for a fishtail braid, which is a good alternative to a regular braid. The fishtail braid has been around for quite a while now but they still make you look trendy. It is actually a variation of the French braid and both look intricate. However, unlike the French braid, a fishtail braid is made with two sections of hair instead of three.

Although the hairstyle appears to be quite detailed, it is surprisingly easy to make. Plus, it is suitable for all occasions whether it is a formal event or just an average day. However, even though the fishtail braid is not difficult to make, you need some time to create it. You need at least 15 to 20 minutes to create the perfect fishtail braid. You might need more time if your hair is longer.

How to Fishtail Braid at home?

So without further ado, let’s see how to fishtail braid your hair easily even if you are not a professional.

Step 1: Prep your Hair

Before starting to create a fishtail braid, you need to make sure that that your hair is prepped. For that, comb your hair thoroughly and ensure that there are no tangles as it is difficult to make a fishtail braid on tangled hair. Although a fishtail braid looks good on all types of hair including straight, wavy or curly, it looks more intricate on straight hair. So you can use a flat iron on your hair before making a fishtail braid or blow dry them.

Step 2: Split it Up

For beginners, it is better if you push your hair to the side of your choice rather than pushing it back. Once this is done, split up your hair into two sections of equal size. To make it easy, you can also tie your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and then divide it into two sections. Use a hair tie that you can cut open in the end. Hold each section in one hand.

Step 3: Braid your Hair

Using your finger, take a small strand of about ½ inch from the outside of any one of the sections. Pull it over and add it to the other section. It is now a part of the other section. Pull the two sections in the opposite direction to tighten the braid. Similarly, take a small strand from outside of the other section and cross it over and add it to the first section.

This strand has now become a part of the first section Continue crossing small strands of hair to the opposite sections till you reach the end of your hair. For an intricate fishtail braid, take small strands to cross over to the other section. If you want a messy fishtail braid, take larger strands. Take strands of the same sizes for a more professional look. Be sure that you don’t take very big sections. Otherwise, it will end up looking like a regular braid.

Step 4: Tie the End

Once you have made the fishtail braid, take a clear hair tie and secure the braid. If you have made a ponytail before, cut the elastic with the help of a pair of scissors. You can mess up the fishtail braid for a casual look by pulling on each side. This will also make the braid look thicker. The technique is called pancaking. 

That is all you have to do to create a fishtail braid. You need to do it a couple of times to get a grip over the technique. This is your perfect go-to hairstyle when you want something that is low maintenance. You can let it become messy throughout the day and it will still look pretty. 

Now that you know how to make a fishtail braid, there are many variations of the fishtail braid that you can try for different occasions. Some of them are explained below.

Fishtail Braid Updo

Want to create an updo with fishtail braid for a special occasion? It is very easy to do so. Make a regular fishtail braid at the back of your head. Then take the braid and twist it into a bun. Hold the bun in one hand and with the other hand, start placing bobby pins to secure it. Once you are done, spritz some hairspray to make your hairdo long-lasting and add shine.

Half-Up Fishtail Braid

This is the perfect hairdo for formal occasions. Gather two small sections of hair on each side of your head. Make a fishtail braid out of each section. Cross them both to the back of your head and connect them by tying hair elastic around them. If you want, you can conceal the elastic by wrapping a strand of hair around it. Once this is done, set your hairstyle with hairspray. This hairstyle looks good with curls. So, curl your hair before making it.

French Fishtail Braid

The French fishtail braid starts at the crown rather than at the nape of your neck. For this hairstyle, start with gathering hair at the sides of your head. Divide it into 2 halves. Then, follow the rest of the steps of fishtail braiding while adding hair from the sides of your head to the sections and crossing them over to add to the other section. When you have reached the end of your hair, secure the braid with a hair tie.

Fishtail Braid for Short Hair

Why should short-haired women miss out on all the fun of fishtail braiding? There a few options available for fishtail braid hairstyles for short hair also. You can create a half-up fishtail braid on short hair. You can also create a fishtail braid bun or updo with short hair. For length, you can add some hair extensions and create fishtail braids as mentioned above. To spice things up, add colored hair extensions. These hair extensions will definitely create an interesting colorful look.

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Suhira Munshi

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance, Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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