How to Fishtail Braid in 5 Simple Steps

September 14, 2021
By: | by L'Oréal
How to Do a Fishtail Braid (With Pictures!)
If it seems like braids have been everywhere lately, you’re correct — and there’s a good reason why. They’re perfect for every occasion, whether you’re just chilling at home, getting ready to head to a pumpkin patch or need an easy hairstyle to wear while working out. One of our favorite braids is the fishtail braid: an upgraded version of the basic braid. This simple-yet-intricate-looking style has become popular because it looks gorgeous as is or dressed up with a few hair accessories — plus, it’s super easy to DIY. Keep reading to learn how to fishtail braid in five simple steps.
  • STEP 1:

    Separate the Hair

    If you want a fishtail that goes straight back, you may need a little bit of help. But getting a side swept fishtail braid is super easy to DIY. Pull all of your hair to one side of your neck and section it into two even parts.

  • STEP 2:

    Start the Cross-Over

    Separate a small piece of hair from the outside of the section closest to your face. Pull the piece across the front of the section. Then join it with the inside part of the back bunch of hair.

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  • STEP 3: 

    Repeat the Process

    Now, you’re going to repeat the process but use the opposite chunk of hair. Grab a small piece from the back of the second chunk, cross it over and connect it with the inner part of the front section.

  • STEP 4: 

    Continue Rotating

    Continue this back-and-forth process until all of your hair is braided. Make sure the pieces are small — this is what gives the style the appearance of a fishtail.

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  • STEP 5:

    Secure the Hair With Elastic

    Once your hair is braided to the ends, secure it with a hair tie. If you want a messier vibe, feel free to gently loosen a few pieces in the braid. To keep everything in place all day, we recommend spraying your braid with a bit of hairspray, like the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray.

Photos: Chaunte Vaughn

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