How to Create a Simple Fishtail Braid Hairstyle

by Unorthodoll
2 Materials
10 Minutes

In this tutorial, I will show you how to do a fishtail braid step-by-step with pictures.

The fishtail braid hairstyle is a step up from the classic three-strand braid, and it’s a fun way to step up your everyday look.

Tools and materials:

  • String/ribbon
  • Hair elastic
How to fishtail braid

1. Section the hair into two 

Separate the hair you want to braid into two sections of equal size. 

How to fishtail braid

Here’s what this looks like on hair.

How to fishtail braid

2. Add one strand of hair to the opposite section

Grab a small strand of hair on the outside of one section and join it to the inside of the opposite section. 

How to fishtail braid

It can be difficult to keep track of the strands when working with hair, but generally, the thicker side is the one you just added the hair to.

You should always be pulling hair from that side.

How to fishtail braid

3. Repeat on the opposite side

Repeat step 2 on the other side, moving the outer strand to the inside of the opposite section.

How to fishtail braid

Another trick to keep track of which side you’re working on is to look at how the hair is stacked.

The topmost layer will be the strand you just added.

How to fishtail braid

4. Repeat the pattern all the way down.

Repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating sides to braid down the length of the hair completely. 

How to fishtail braid

As you work, try to grab the same size strand each time, so your braid doesn’t end up uneven or lumpy.

To avoid a loose braid, keep your fingers close to each other as you work. 

How to fishtail braid

5. Pull on both sides of the braids

Gently pull on both sides of the braid to add some volume to the braid.

If your braid is too tight or skinny, this is a great way to widen and loosen it.  

How to fishtail braid

How to fishtail braid

Here’s the finished fishtail braid hairstyle!

Whether you braid your hairstyle for your daily look, for your sporty endeavors, or simply to protect your hair as you sleep, the fishtail braid is the perfect mix of practical and elegant.

Let me know what your favorite braided hairstyle is in the comments below!

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Suggested materials:
  • String/ribbon
  • Hair elastic

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