How to Do a Fishtail Braid

Introduction: How to Do a Fishtail Braid

  • Make sure to read all the instructions carefully before beginning.
  • This hairstyle is a good casual look or can be dressed up for more of an elegant style.
  • Depending on how long and thick the hair is, this braid may be time-consuming.
  • The braid does not have to be as tight as shown in the photo.
  • With practice comes improvement.
  • Be patient for the best result.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

  • Hair tie
  • Brush

Step 2: Brush Hair

Brush hair starting from ends and working your way up until all the tangles are out

Step 3: Part Hair in Half

Separate the hair vertically into two equal sections

Step 4: Hold Each Section With Separate Hands

  • Grab the left side of the hair with your left hand-palm facing you
  • Grab the right side of the hair with your right hand-palm facing you

Step 5: Release Right Section

Release the right section of hair while still holding on to the left section

Step 6: Grab a Small Piece of Hair From Right Side

Grab a quarter of an inch wide piece of hair from the outside of the right section

Step 7: Bring Small Piece to Left Section

  • Bring the small piece of hair from the right side over and transfer it to the left section
  • Grab that small piece with your left hand along with the rest of the left section
  • That small piece now becomes part of the left section whole

Step 8: Grab Right Section of Hair

Grab the right section of hair with your right hand-palm facing you

Step 9: Release Left Section

Release the left section of hair, freeing your left hand, while still ensuring that the previous piece stays with the left section

Step 10: Grab a Small Piece of Hair From Left Side

Grab a quarter-inch wide piece of hair from the outside of the left section

Step 11: Bring Small Piece to Right Section

  • Bring the small piece of hair from the left side over and transfer it to the right section
  • Grab that small piece with your right hand along with the rest of the right section
  • That small piece now becomes part of the right whole

Step 12: Grab Left Section

Grab the left section of hair with your left hand-palm facing you

Step 13: Release Right Section

Release the right section of hair, freeing your right hand, while still ensuring that the previous piece stays with the right section

Step 14: Repeat Steps 6 Through 13

Repeat steps 6 through 13 until you reach the ends of the hair

Step 15: Secure the Braid

Wrap a hair tie tightly around the braid about two inches from the ends of the hair

Step 16: Loosen the Braid (optional)

  • Pinch the left side of the braid with your left hand and pinch the right side of the braid with your right hand-palm facing you
  • Pull the braid in an outward direction starting from the top of the braid down to the end by the hair tie
  • Repeat this step until the look that you want is reached

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