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The fishtail braid is one of those hairstyles that you either know how to do or you don’t. Braiding, in general, is something that can be pretty hard to get the hang of, especially if you haven’t grown up braiding your own hair from an early age. The good news is that most of its difficulty is superficial. In other words, it isn’t anywhere near as intricate as it looks.
This is one of the reasons why fishtail braids are so popular. They have a super elegant and romantic aesthetic, but they can be put together in a matter of minutes. It’s all about practice though, so give yourself plenty of time to master the technique. You might start out a little rough, but we promise you’ll be flaunting a Kardashian quality braid in no time.
To find out how, keep reading for a step-by-step guide to creating the perfect fishtail braid.
Step One: Create a Loose Ponytail
The first thing that you need to do is put your hair into a low, loose ponytail. Make sure that any hair extensions are already secured and attached before this point. The ponytail should sit low on the nape of your neck. To make things easier later on, use a thin elastic tie that can be snipped away with scissors.
Step Two: Divide Hair into Two Sections
Next, split your pony into two neat and even sections. This is all that you’ll need to create a fishtail braid; unlike other types of braid, it only requires two intertwining strands. Now, use your fingers to isolate a small section of hair from the outer edge (closest to the hairband) and cross it over to the other side. This is done in exactly the same way as you should for a regular braid.
Step Three: Keep Braiding with Precision
Repeat this action with a similarly sized section from the other side of your hair. You should now have the beginning of a crossed braid; the two strands should, literally, form a cross. Be careful to keep a tight grip on the braid as you return to the first side, repeat, and then repeat again. If you feel like the braid is getting too loose, tighten it with a gentle pull and squeeze.
Step Four: Remove the Hairband
As you reach the end of the braid, make sure that you’re still taking sections of hair from either side, rather than from the middle. The aim is to get that elongated look, with the distinct almost horizontal pattern. When you’re finished, secure the bottom with another hairband and snip away the one at the base of your ponytail. For a final flourish, tug gently on the bottom of the braid. This will loosen the hair and help to create a more natural look, rather than something stiff and static.
Step Five: Step Outside and Flaunt It
You’ve not only mastered the fishtail braid, you now have a brand new hairstyle to show off. So, don’t waste too much time getting out there and flaunting it. The fishtail is pretty versatile; it’s elegant enough to make a great choice for parties, but it’s also a practical style for daytime wear. If you want to keep your hair away from your face while at the gym or at work, a fishtail is a cool and stylish way to do it.