By now, you must have perfected the art of doing Dutch braids and French braids. If you have, it is time to move onto something new, the third hair braiding style in this series – The Fishtail braid. This braided hairstyle is the easiest to do of the three. The technique of the Fishtail Braid is ‘Criss – Crossing’.

The classic fishtail braids are incredibly versatile, be it in the form of a simple plait, a bun or the braids secured on your crown for a milkmaid look, fishtails are known for experimenting with. This also makes this style of braiding our favourite to-go style, because regardless of what, a romantic or a cool look, this braided hairdo adds certain playfulness to anyone’s look. So read ahead and get inspired with our tutorial post and be ready to start braiding!

To score the basic look follow the steps below:

Things You Need:

  • Two different Hairsprays
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins or elastics

1. If you don’t have smooth hair, start preparing your hair with a good paddle brush and TIGI Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray to get that massive volume and silky smooth look. Now, comb all your hair behind and divide your hair into two equal parts. You can also pin them up with bobby pins or elastic, this will keep your hair tight. If I have bangs, I usually plait the opposite side of it. Note:For that perfect romantic look, you can even leave some wispy tendrils on one side.

2. Now, pull a section from the right outer end. This will divide your hair into three equal parts

3. For the third step, take a small segment of your hair from andstart pulling them into the plait as shown in the picture. Tip: To avoid tangling, keep your hands separated during the plaiting.

Fishtail Braid hairsyle

4. Now, take a section from left outer end

5. Pass it to the right end. You will get a cross as shown in the above picture.

6. Now repeat the same steps, basically image 6, 7, 8 and 9 is a repetition of the above steps to give you a better look. Take a small section of hair over the half and add to the other side. Hold the braid tightly and repeat the above two steps alternately. Continue these steps till you reach the end of the hair and secure with an elastic. As a finishing touch, cover the elastic with a narrow section of the hair using a bobby pin and you are done.

7. Once done, add some texture by spraying your simple fishtail braids with a hairspray, like that of Kerastase Double Force. The final result? A highly simple and stylish hairstyle that can basically be worn anywhere.

It will definitely take a little bit of practice to work with the techniques explained but keep practicing, especially the French Braid. For others who want to amp your braids can opt for a messier look. Just pull the braids apart to make it more dynamic, otherwise you can leave it as it is. Also, it is completely fine if there’s a bump or a knot, it will add to the absolutely cool texture.  If you wish to go for a classier look, you can also try French fishtail braid hairstyles for a change.

And, how easy and trendy is this simple fishtail braid? The style is easy to create and maintain, and once you perfect it you can rock this braids with any outfit at any occasion. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

[ Read: Fishtail Braided Hairstyle Looks ]

See you in the next article and till then keep practicing.

  • Meena

    just fab!! like it thanks for article :)

    • Vish

      thanks a lot Meena :)

  • Kaartika

    Wow. Nice job. Sounds super easy.

    • Vish

      thank U Kaartika :)

  • Ameena Banu Ansari

    wow Vish..u did it so perfectly. :)
    Loved it <3

    • Vish

      hey Amee thanks a lot dear :) :)

  • Shikha dressnmakeup

    Nice post.. pictures are self explanatory

  • Oindrila

    Awesome work! :) :)

  • Shabby

    Nice tutorial dear . . Nice and descriptive pictures too

  • shwetasarawgi (Glam ‘n Gloss)

    Couldn’t help to notice, your hair is so beautiful, thick and lustrous :)

  • Dia

    Wow! But I think the need is to fix it also. I use HairX Styling Flex Style Hair Gel for this. And it works for me well.