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Instructions to Make Fishtail Braid

Rimlee Bhuyan Oct 3, 2018
A fishtail braid, also called a herringbone braid, is a very stunning braid hairstyle that is suitable for medium to long hair. It's really very simple, and you can be a pro in no time at all!
If you are tired of regular braid style, then it is time to try a new braid hairstyle. A great braid style that you can create at home is a fishtail braid. A fishtail braid is similar to a French braid and it looks stunning and elegant. Many people get intimidated about trying to make a fishtail braid but it is quite easy to do, once you know the technique
This braid is easier to style on hair that has been washed a day or two earlier. This is because freshly shampooed and conditioned hair is too silky and it is quite difficult to braid silky hair.
The best thing about fishtail braid is that once you have secured it, the braid does not come undone quickly and the style does not get frizzy. Here we will give you step by step instructions on how to make fishtail braid.

Fishtail Braid

Some of the things that are required for making a fishtail braid are as follows.
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Rat tail comb
  • Rubber band
  • Mirror
  • Shine serum
  • Hairstyling spray
Step 1
: Brush your hair with the wide toothed comb, so that there are no kinks or tangles.

Step 2: Take two equal sections of hair from both sides of your face about 1 inches deep. Comb these sections towards the crown, making sure that the sections lie flat against your head.
Step 3: Now cross the right section over the left section and pull them against each other so that they are held tightly.

Step 4: Next use the rat tail comb, to lift a section of hair from the right side, just below the first plait. Add the new section into the section on the right side.
Step 5: Now cross this newly made right section over the left section and pull it to tighten the braid.

Step 6: Again use the rat tail comb to lift another section of hair from the left side and add this new section to the left hand side hair.
Step 7: Again cross this new left section of hair to the right and pull it tightly. Continue in this way, crossing alternating sides until you have reached the nape of your head.

Step 8: Secure the braid with a rubber band and apply some shine serum for a polished look. Spray with a hair styling spray to secure the style.

Side Fishtail Braid

Step 1
: First, brush your hair with a wide toothed comb to make sure that there are no tangles.

Step 2: Now slightly dampen your hair with water and then apply a volumizing spray or mousse to the entire length of your hair.

Step 3: Blow dry your hair and secure your hair in a low ponytail with a deep side parting.
Step 4: Bring all your hair to one side, preferably opposite to that to which the hair is parted.

Step 5: Begin braiding the hair by first dividing the ponytail into two sections.

Step 6: Take a small section of hair from the right hand side and then bring it over the left hand side. Repeat the same step on the left hand side.
Step 7: Continue braiding the hair in this way until you get to the end of the ponytail.

Step 8: Secure the end with an elastic band and pull out some ends to give it an edgy appeal.
This is how you make a fishtail braid. You will require some practice to turn out a perfect fishtail braid. You can also try different variations of the fishtail braid like a partial fishtail braid and an inverted fishtail braid.