How to Make a Fishtail Braid


The fishtail braid looks elaborate and will become a favorite for rushed mornings, especially if you have long hair. It turns out beautiful and is great for an average day. It is also a hairstyle that tends to look better the messier it gets, which makes it ideal for a long day. This tutorial will show you how to make 3 types of fishtail braids. It will also give you some idea on variations.

Part 1
Doing a Regular Fishtail Braid

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You will have a left piece and a right piece.

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Gather it from the outside. It should be no thicker than 0.5 in (1.3 cm).[1]

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Move it towards the right 1.

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It will now become part of the right section.

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Move your hands up as far as they can go. The tighter you make your braid, the better; you can always tousle it for a messier look later.

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Gather it from the outside of the section, and make it no thicker than 0.5 in (1.3 cm).

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Move it towards the left section.

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It is now part of the left section.

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Leave at least 1 in (2.5 cm).<of your hair unbraided so that you can tie it off. Try to use thinner strands the further down you go on your braid.[2] This will help make your braid look more even; your hair becomes naturally thinner towards the ends.

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If you want, you can take a strand of hair, and wrap it around the hair tie to hide it. Secure the strand with a bobby pin.

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You may want to skip this if your hair has lots of layers; it may end up loosening and getting tousled on its own.

Part 2
Doing a French Fishtail Braid

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Try to keep it at eye level or higher. Make it as centered as you can.

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You will have a left half and a right half.

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Try to gather it from your hairline. Make the strand thin, and no larger than 0.5 in (1.3 cm).

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It will be a part of the right section from now on.

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Make sure that this strand is the same distance from the center of your head as the strand you pulled from the left side. Again, make sure that it is no thicker than 0.5 in (1.3 cm).

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It will be a part of the left section from now on.

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This section should be equal in size to the first section you pulled up. Fold it across to the left side as you did with the first center section.

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At this point, you can tie your hair off, or keep braiding it.

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Try to keep the braid as tight and smooth as possible. You can always tussle it up later.

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When you have about 1 in (2.5 cm) left of hair, tie the braid off using a hair tie.

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Keep in mind that if you have lots of layers in your hair, the braid will become messy on its own.

Part 3
Making a Faux Fishtail Braid

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You can also use clear ones if you can't find any that match your hair. You will be making several topsy-turvy ponytails, right after the other, so make sure that you have enough. This braid will work best on longer hair. It may not work very well on hair that is shorter than the upper arm.

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Try to make the ponytail as close to the base of your head as possible, but don't make it too tight.

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Start by slipping your pointer and middle fingers through your hair, right above the elastic. Split your fingers apart, creating a hole. Pull the ponytail over the elastic and down through the hole. Tug gently and smooth down your hair.

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If you have thin or fine hair, tie the elastic closer to the first 1. If you have thick hair, tie it a little bit further away.

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Slip your fingers through your hair, just above the elastic, and make another hole. Pull the tail down through the hole.

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Tie your hair off with a hair tie.

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You can do this by gently tugging on strands of hair to fluff them out a little. You can also wrap colored bits of ribbon or string around the elastics. Add some colorful beads for a boho or festival look.[3]

Part 4
Fishtail Braid Variations

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Start by gathering your hair into a low ponytail, and pulling it either to the left or right of your neck. Tie it off with a clear elastic. Fishtail braid your hair as usual and tie it off. Snip the clear elastic off when you are done.

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Start with a low ponytail. Slip your fingers up through your hair, right between the nape and the elastic. Pull the ponytail down through the hole. Once you have flipped your ponytail, start fishtail braiding as usual.[4] Try poking a flower or 2 into the hole of the topsy-turvy for a cute, boho look.

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You can also tie a ribbon over the hair tie in a bow. This can help make your braid more interesting and complete your outfit.

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Keep it in place with a few bobby pins. This will be especially effective if you have really long hair.

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This will give your braid a spark of color, and make it look more interesting. Fold a single clip in extension over the base of your ponytail and then work it into the braid.