How to Do a Faux Fishtail Braid: A Quick & Easy Faux Fishtail Hack

by Laineymariebeauty
2 Materials
5 Minutes

Fishtail braids are beautiful, but they can be difficult to do, especially on your own hair. Today, I’ll show you a faux fishtail braid that is quick and simple to achieve. You can use this easy hack to do one long fishtail braid or even two for a cute fall hairstyle. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Elastic
  • Brush
Faux fishtail braid step by step

1. Tie your hair

Tie your hair to the side as shown. 

Sliding the hair tie down the hair

2. Do the faux fishtail braid

Now, slide your hair tie down a little, and then create a hole above by splitting your hair into two sections.

Flipping hair through the hole

Take your ponytail and flip it up through that hole. 

How to do a faux fishtail braid

Push all your hair through, and it should look something like this. 

Faux fishtail braid tutorial

Take your hair tie, and move it down by about an inch. 

Creating a hole on one side of the braid

Then, create another hole and go a little over to the right side (don’t section your hair in the middle again).

Tip: Watch my faux fishtail braid video at 1:15 minutes to see the exact technique. 

Flipping hair through the second hole

Next, flip your ponytail up through that hole. 

Creating a faux fishtail

It should look something like this. 

Tightening the braid to close the gap

As you can see, there’s a very open gap, so go ahead and tighten it to close that gap. 

Repeat this process all the way down, alternating sides as you go. 

How to do a faux fishtail braid

Here’s how it looks once you’re done! This is truly an easy faux fishtail step-by-step guide. I love how versatile it is; you can even do it in a high ponytail. Want to see how? Page down! 

Tying hair in a ponytail

Faux fishtail braid in a ponytail

Put your hair up in a ponytail. Then, go a few inches down, and tie your hair with another ponytail. 

Creating a faux fishtail with a high pony

Now, simply repeat the same steps as above. Create a hole in the middle, and flip your ponytail up through that hole. 

Pulling hair to make a faux fishtail braid

Pull your hair tie by an inch or so and create a hole on the side and… repeat! 

Easy faux fishtail braid

How to do a faux fishtail braid

Here’s the ponytail faux fishtail braid option. What do you think? I personally like the side option better, although this is also fun and playful.

Once you get the hang of it, it should take you a couple of minutes to complete the faux fishtail - perfect for those hectic mornings. 

Suggested materials:
  • Elastic
  • Brush

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  • Na061392814 Na061392814 on Apr 03, 2022

    If you're looking for a new hairstyle that will add a touch of elegance to your look, try something different and unique like hairstyle with braids. This hairdo is perfect for women who want to add some texture and volume to their hair, without having to go through the hassle of getting it done in a traditional hair salon. Plus, this style is perfect for women who want to put in a little work but don't want to spend hours on their hair each day. So if you're looking for an easy yet stylish hairstyle, try hairstyle with braids!