Tuesday, July 9, 2013

5 Easy Steps: A Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Now that summer weather has finally arrived, it's brought along the harsh humidity that makes my hair freak out and causes me to race to yank my hair back into a ponytail as quickly as possible. Luckily, we have a new alternative to share that will keep you feeling cool in the summer and that looks a bit more chic than your classic pony. 

The fishtail braid has had a resurgence of popularity over the past few months, and has been spotted on both the streets and on more than a few celebrity manes:

Ri-Ri, Blake Lively (a.k.a. Mrs. Ryan Reynolds/Serena van der Woodsen), and North West's mama are all fishy fans!
 It can be pulled tightly to give it an edgier look (a la Rihanna), or puffed out like Blake and Kim to look beachy and carefree (of course, we know that sometimes it takes a little bit of work to achieve that "effortless" look!). I was intimidated by the fishtail braid at first because it looked like it would be complicated to execute, but I promise that if you can do a classic three-part braid, you can definitely master the fishtail! All it takes is learning these five easy steps, so let's jump right in:

1) Secure your hair in a side ponytail with a clear elastic band, and separate your hair into two equal large sections. (See, that was easy!)

2) Take a small piece of hair from one of the two large sections you are holding; cross it over the large section you took it from, and join it with the other large section. Repeat on the other side by taking a small piece of hair from the other large section (the one that just received a new small piece of hair) and connecting it with the large section on the other side.

3) Continue this alternating process as you work your way down the braid. The most important thing to remember is that you will always be holding two large sections of hair; you are simply taking a small piece from one chunk and joining it to the other, then repeating that starting on the other side.

4) As you continue braiding, make sure you occasionally pause to tug the two large sections of hair you are holding. This will tighten the braid and give you more hair to continue braiding.

5) Once you finish the braid, secure the bottom with a second clear elastic. Take a pair of scissors and snip the top clear elastic that originally held your ponytail in place.

That's it, you're done! I did a slightly loose fishtail braid this day but if you'd like yours to be even puffier, you can tug at the edges of the braid: 

Here is the final braid, after the optional added puffing:

And that's the fishtail braid - an easy, pretty alternative to all of those summer ponytails! What's your go-to hairdo when the weather gets this hot?



  1. Super cute anytime, but perfect when the weather is anti-hair :)

    1. I agree - I've been rocking it a lot in this weather!


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