How to do your own fishtail braid

Thursday, 3 October 2013

How to do a fishtail plait

So pretty and oh-so flirty, a fishtail braid is a more sophisticated version of the regular plait. Little did we know that this primary-school-favourite would come back to be one of the biggest hairstyle trends of 2013. Seen on beauties such as Blake Lively and Kim Kardashian, the braid can be worn either loosely or structured, and works best on very long hair. Easier than it looks, the fishtail braid can be achieved in just a few simple steps:

Step 1
Pull your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Secure it with an elastic band (you’re going to end up snipping it, so be sure to use an old one).

Step 2:
Split your ponytail into two even sections. 

Step 3:
From here onwards, the fishtail braid is treated just like a regular plait, except you will be using two sections instead of three. Separate a small section of hair from the outer edge (near the elastic) and pull it across to the other side. The hair will overlap just like a regular plait. Repeat with a section of hair from the other side, but be sure to grip the hair tightly. Repeat the pattern all the way to the ends of your hair.

Step 4:
Secure the end of your braid with a hairband, and then carefully cut the elastic at the top of your braid.

Step 5:
Gently pull or tug at your braid to loosen it at the base, thereby creating a softer, more laid-back style.

There you have it – effortless chic in five easy steps! Need a bit more help?

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Carina Vermooten

    Why does this look so easy until I try doing it myself?!

    3 years ago •

  1. Gervase

    I have extremely frizzy hair so it tends to curl out of the braid. It usually helps if you oil your hair :-)

    3 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Once you know how, it is really easy! Love this braid!

    3 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Will try it on my daughters hair, it looks great

    3 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I have always wanted to know how to do this and always thought that it required a lot of effort. Will definitely be trying it out soon, thanks :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    This is so awesome thanks! Always wanted to know how to do this!

    4 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    I am so glad that this has been posted. I have wanted to do a fish braid for ages and now I am going to try it for sure.

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    This is great and helped me, never knew how to do this.

    4 years ago •

  1. Rosegower

    Gorgeous – I cant wait to try this!

    4 years ago •

  1. Hess

    This is sooooooooooooo pretty! And I’m glad it works with layered hair, will try it this summer!

    4 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Fishtails works great with layered hair!

    4 years ago •

  1. Charlie

    Styles like these make me wish I still had long hair! So pretty.

    4 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    I quite like the casual look of the fishtail braid and will definitely give it a try.

    4 years ago •

  1. TJK

    Fishtail braids are the reason I’m growing my hair!

    4 years ago •

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