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

Step 5: Step 5

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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.
CrysRae871 month ago
No! This does not help me!!!! I tried and tried and tried it doesn't make any sense!
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??
Arhyk1 month ago
This tutorial was awesome. Thanks so much. I can't believe I finally did it!!
bethany99 made it!1 month ago

thanks a lot!!

bethany991 month ago
AnnabellaM1 month ago
This was helpful! Thanks!
SarahH13 made it!2 months ago

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

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SarahH132 months ago

I tried it on a Barbie and it looks ok XD

TessO3 months ago

I dont get it...

Lizzyßea®3 months ago

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 :)

aross017 months ago

I did it on a friend thank you a lot

BrennaWalker67 months ago

this tutorial is amazing!!

megann19 months ago

this is super helpful! thanks!

abby.bowling39 months ago

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

This is wonderful you should do more!!
I know this as a "French Braid" or is that something different!

what is a french braid

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 Man3 years ago
Great instructable! I'm going to do this to my daughter's hair this weekend. You get a 100. JF

i don't get it

how do you do it

aqua 121 year ago
Awesome I've always wanted to learn how to do this now I can
that is a good instruction thingy.