Step-By-Step Instructions To Achieve The Best Fishtail Braids

Fishtail braids, french braid, dutch braid, no matter which one you choose, they all are protective styles that may take you some time to learn to do them. But they can be an absolute worthy thing once you master the skill of braiding. We’re not talking here only for professional hairstylists who know how to craft a braid on your hair as you sit comfortably on their chair, we’re saying that you can learn to do any of these braids by yourself, if only you’re willing to learn.

We know that braids are one of the hairstyles that date since old times. However, we’re also well aware that many braid techniques are invented nowadays. While some of the old styles are combined with the new ones, some others are adorned with butterflies, flowers, and more.

One of the most popular braids is fishtail braid. We’ve seen it through our feeds and even spied by celebrities many times now, but never googled how to make one for ourselves. Worry not, as in this article we’ll navigate together just that.

Probably one of the best things about fishtail braids is their versatile nature. You can wear it during summer with a casual outfit but it can also be worn elegantly in a night out with your friends. Any occasion would do for a fishtail braid. But, unlike the classic three-strand braids, the fishtail braid is done separating the hair only in two sections.

Another favorite thing about this pretty braid is that once you learn how to do it, you can do it in a matter of a few minutes. It’s perfect for a rushing morning when you’re late for work and your hair just started to get greasy.

As intimidating as it might feel at first, you can master the skill once you go through the below steps. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a fishtail newbie or somebody who already knows the art of braiding already. This article may have something for both of the readers. To see what we’re talking about, scroll down.

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How to do a fishtail braid

To start doing your fishtail braids you’ll need two elastic bands and scissors. Also, if your hair isn’t long enough, you can use hair extensions.

1. Classic fishtail Braid

It is recommended to brush your hair before starting doing the braid if you want it your fishtail look smooth and neat when you finish it. But if you want it to look a little messy then don’t brush your hair at all. Also, before starting the process of braiding a fishtail, probably the one thing you should know is that your arms might feel tired by the end of the procedure. Don’t let that intimidate you, it will be all worthy by the end. Here’s what you should do to come with a simple fishtail:

    • Create a ponytail using a disposable elastic
    • Separate your ponytail into two even pieces
    • Take a piece from the first side and pass it to the second side
    • Then take a piece from the second side and pass it back to the first side
    • Continue this process along the length of your hair, until you run out of hair
    • Carefully cut the elastic band at the top
    • By the end, secure the ends with another elastic and gently tug the braid.

Watch the video below by Beautydept for the perfect demonstration:


2. Dutch fishtail braid

Once you’ve learned how to do a simple fishtail braid, you can go on trying more advanced variations of this hairstyle. This Dutch fishtail side braid is an option to consider, plus it saves you on the days when you feel that your hair started to get greasy and you don’t have time to wash it. Here’s how to do it:

  • Take a small section of hair at the front then separate it into two strands
  • Next, take a small section of one of the strands and cross that underneath the section you’ve just taken it from and pass it to the other section
  • Repeat the same procedure with the other section of hair
  • Once you’ve got a crisscross of hair in the middle, start incorporating more hair from both sides
  • After you finished the top of your hair, start incorporating hair from the back side of your head
  • Continue until this procedure until you run out of hair and tie your Dutch fishtail with an elastic.

Watch this video by Shonagh Scott, as it perfectly describes the results we want to achieve:


3. French fishtail braid

This fishtail should start at the top of your head and it is a more intricate and complicated style to master than the previous ones. However, with a bit of practice, this hairstyle can become the ideal braid for your next days. This type of braid would look better on the second-day hair, so make sure you didn’t wash your hair on the same day you decide to try doing it. Here’s how to do a French fishtail braid:

  • Gather a medium part of hair at the crown of your head and split it into two sections,  right and left
  • Take a small section from the right and bring it over to the left
  • Repeat the same thing twice from both sides
  • Start incorporating hair from the outside of the right and outside of the left
  • Continue doing the same thing all the way down to the neck
  • Once you get over to your neck split your hair into two sections and start doing the regular fishtail braid until you reach the bottom of your hair
  • Use a small elastic to secure the end (if you want it to look lose tug it with your fingers on the way down).

Watch the video by Luxy Hair for a perfect demonstration of this look.


Some things to remember

To achieve a neat braid ensure that you are keeping your sections even, as you go to the end pull the braid tight. For a more ethereal look, gently pull both sections apart to loosen the braid.

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