How to Do a Fishtail Braid (AKA, Your New Summer Hairstyle)

June 29, 2020
By: Makeup.com | Makeup.com 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 for a summer day outdoors or need an easy hairstyle to wear while working out. One of our favorite braids to DIY is the fishtail braid, an upgraded version of the basic braid. This simple-yet-intricate-looking style has become popular because of its ability to be dressed up or dressed down. Plus, with the right tutorial you can totally do it on your own. We’re breaking down how to fishtail braid, step-by-step, ahead.

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. Just 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.  


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.


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.
Chaunte Vaughn