Learn to Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid looks elaborate and time-consuming. But it’s surprisingly easy to do, and will become a go-to favorite for rushed mornings, especially if you have long hair. Here you’ll learn 2 methods for creating this.

Style 1: Regular Fishtail Braid


Step 1
Divide your hair into two large sections, parting straight down the middle. For a sharper look, you can use a comb to part your hair evenly.


Step 2
Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Pull it over the top of the left section, and grasp it under the right section. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the left section and finishes under the right section.


  • In general, try to use the same thickness for each strand throughout or your braid will look uneven.
  • For a more intricate braid, use skinnier strands. It takes more effort, but it looks gorgeous. Using skinnier strands is very lovely.
  • For a beginner, pulling it tighter helps you to learn the method properly.


Step 3
Repeat Step 2 on the other side. Pull a skinny strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull it over the right section, then weave it under the left section.


Step 4
Keep alternating sides, weaving over and under, until you reach the bottom of the braid.


Step 5
Tie off the end with a hair bobble or elastic. Add a cute ribbon, barrette or charm to give it some personality if you’d like!


  • If you feel that the fishtail is too tight, use your fingers to gently massage into the strands a little to loosen it slightly.
  • If your hair is really long, more can be done at this stage, such as tucking the hair into a bun, weaving it around your head or across the front, etc. If you have slightly shorter hair, just fishtail it as far as you want.


Style 2: French Fishtail Braid


Step 1
Grab a section of hair at the top of your head, and split it into two halves. Start as you would for a regular French braid, with the section close to your center part. Hold one half in each hand.


Step 2
Pull up a strand from the left side of your hairline. For a more uniform braid, start at the front of your hairline and work down the sides as you go.


Step 3
Weave the strand over the left fishtail section and under the right fishtail section. Grab it with your right hand so that it’s part of the right section.


Step 4
Pull up a strand from the right side of your hairline. As you did with the first strand, weave it over the right fishtail section and under the left fishtail section. Grab it with your left hand so that it becomes part of the left section.


Step 5
Keep pulling up strands of hair until you’ve grabbed all of it.


Step 6
Fishtail as usual for the rest of the braid.


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