Introduction: How to Make a Fishtail Braid

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This instructable will teach you how to create a fishtail braid.

Step 1: Step 1

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Push all hair behind your shoulders. Preferably hair that has already been brushed and has no tangles. Divide hair into two sections down the back.

Step 2: Step 2

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Take a small outer piece of one of the two sections of your hair (it doesn't matter which section you start with). Cross the small piece over and add it to the inside of the other section. This piece you have crossed will now become a part of the other section. Keep your crossed piece tight or hair may start to come out once you've finished braiding.

Step 3: Step 3

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Now you're going to make the exact same cross but this time you will use the other section of hair. So, once again take a small piece from the outer part of the section and cross it over to the inside of the opposite section. Again, remember to keep the crosses tight.

Step 4: Step 4

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Continue crosses small outer pieces over to the inside of the opposing section. The smaller the pieces you cross, the better the braid will end up. Stop braiding once you feel the sections getting too small. This should be around two or three inches from the bottom of you hair.

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Once you've reached the end of the braid, tie it off with an elastic. Preferably a thin, clear one, but if not any hair tie will work.


cospleia (author)2017-03-25

Does this work for shoulder length hair?

Aubrienna (author)2016-09-06

Hi! Nice instructable! I used to do this all the time when my hair was long and it was very nice and easy to do! Thanks for taking the time to create an instructable!

AliceS26 (author)2016-02-01

Love it! We made a video of ours

Pretty_Amari17 (author)2016-01-16

At first it was hard but its easy now and that is cute

perzoejackson (author)2015-11-14


makeupmonster (author)2015-10-18

it worked on my hair wich is really hard to do

vdelanghe (author)2015-06-08

I really enjoy this tutorial. I love this hairstyle. The first time I wanted to make this hairstyle, I thought it would be very complicated. Finally, it is very easy to perform and this hairstyle can be worn in any situation. I find it very pretty and can be made at any time. This morning I did not know how to do my hair and I thought of this fishtail braid which is very convenient because it avoids having hair in his eyes. In addition, it is more original than a traditional braid.

CrysRae87 (author)2015-04-25

No! This does not help me!!!! I tried and tried and tried it doesn't make any sense!

Flower1204 (author)CrysRae872015-05-05

Seriously grl ya gotta keep trying. The fishtail braid ain't that easy but you gotta deal with it, kk???you can do this cuz I believe it ya even if I have no idea who in he world you are??

Arhyk (author)2015-04-24

This tutorial was awesome. Thanks so much. I can't believe I finally did it!!

bethany99 made it! (author)2015-04-21

thanks a lot!!

bethany99 (author)2015-04-21

AnnabellaM (author)2015-04-13

AnnabellaM (author)AnnabellaM2015-04-13

This was helpful! Thanks!

SarahH13 made it! (author)2015-03-07

I tried it on an old Barbie and it looks ok i guess XD

SarahH13 (author)2015-03-07

I tried it on a Barbie and it looks ok XD

TessO (author)2015-02-15

I dont get it...

Lizzyßea® (author)2015-01-29

Oh my gosh! I never thought I'd see the day where I made a fishtail on my hair all by myself ! This was sooooo helpful….. Thanks :)

BrennaWalker6 (author)2014-10-01

this tutorial is amazing!!

megann1 (author)2014-08-25

this is super helpful! thanks!

abby.bowling3 (author)2014-08-06

this is a "fish tail" braid. It uses basically four strands of hair at the same time. A "French braid" uses three strands of hair but when you are progressing down the braid you add on to the outer strands that are in your hand with a little bit of the hair that isn't in your hair until all the hair (that you want) in the braid is braided. A "regular braid" just uses 3 parts of your hair and doesn't add on

Creativitygirl103 (author)2014-04-23

This is wonderful you should do more!!

Dream Dragon (author)2012-12-04

I know this as a "French Braid" or is that something different!

what is a french braid

squidbeetle (author)Dream Dragon2012-12-04

French Braid starts at the top of the head, and uses 3 main sections to braid with, while the Fishtail starts near the nape of the neck and is using only 2 main sections. They are similar though.

Forn Man (author)2012-03-01

Great instructable! I'm going to do this to my daughter's hair this weekend. You get a 100. JF

tangelawelcome (author)Forn Man2014-03-17

i don't get it

tangelawelcome (author)2014-03-17

how do you do it

aqua 12 (author)2013-07-22

Awesome I've always wanted to learn how to do this now I can

NikkitBanana56 (author)2013-05-27

that is a good instruction thingy.

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