Braids are one of my absolute favorite hairstyles to do because they’re so versatile. You can do them with dirty or clean hair, curly or straight. Braids don’t really discriminate. I think that rhymed!
And they always look complicated, but they’re often not at all! They just require a little patience, that’s all. One braid I really love is the fishtail, and it’s actually easier than a French braid once you get the hang of it! It looks super intricate and you can dress it up or down depending on your mood.
I know fishtails are intimidating, but don’t worry! I’m here to make it really easy for you. Click through for your foolproof guide on doing a fishtail braid!
You Need: Two Small Hair Elastics
Trust me, you need two of them to make this super easy!
You Need: Scissors
We're not cutting hair, don't worry!
Pull Hair Into A Ponytail
Using one of your small elastics, tie your hair into a ponytail on whichever side you want your braid to be.
Make Two Sections
Now separate your ponytail into two sections. We're calling these A and B. You could also say 1 and 2, but I don't like numbers.
Grab A Small Piece From The Outside Of Section A
You want to grab from the outermost part of this section. The smaller the pieces, the more detailed the braid will be. The size really is up to you.
Pull The Piece Over To Section B
So now that piece from A is part of section B.
Grab A Small Piece From The Outside Of Section B
Just like you did before, but from B.
Pull The Piece Over To Section A
You're getting the hang of it!
Look, A Tail!
This is how your tail will look at the beginning. So you're going to repeat these steps all the way down! A to B, B to A, and so on.
Braid as tightly as you can to really create the look of a fishtail. You're going to mess with it later to create a more boho look, but when you're braiding keep it together.
Tie It Off
Braid until you reach the end, and tie off your braid with the other hair elastic.
Cut The First One
Using your scissors, carefully cut the first elastic off. You could leave it on too if you want, but this will help create the effortless fishtail look.
You are all done! Feel free to pull apart your braid a little to loosen it up and look more messy.
Like I Did
Since I did this when my hair was curly, I wanted to keep it loose so I pulled my braid apart quite a bit.
Do you know how to fishtail braid? Do you think it’s hard to do? Tell us in the comments!