7 Steps in Creating a Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Brush up on your skills in braiding fishtail, because you're going to use them in creating this hairstyle. Here's how.

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Asian woman with long hair in a fishtail braid ponytail wearing a jacket and smiling in front of a fountain

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If you have long hair, you might be wearing ponytails often. And we don’t blame you. Ponytails are easy and versatile. You can easily glam them up and make look sexy and fierce, or they can be starting points of different interesting hairstyles. Today, we show you how to can level up a simple ponytail by creating a fishtail braid ponytail. Excited? So are we! Let’s get started.

How to Create a Fishtail Braid Ponytail


Start with clean hair

First, wash your hair and let it dry. Then, brush it gently to get rid of tangles. Start brushing your hair at the tips first before you move up to the roots to make sure no tangle will block your brush and cause tugging and pulling.

Asian woman with long black hair smiling and wearing a white shirt and dark blue jacket

Brush your hair upward

Using a grooming brush, gather your hair on your crown. Tilt your head forward as your brush and gather your hair to make it easier for you to create a high ponytail.

Asian woman with her head forward gathering her hair on her crown using a brush

Create a high ponytail

Tie your hair into a high ponytail using a hair tie. Make sure that your ponytail sits tightly and neatly on your crown. 

Asian woman tying her long hair into a high ponytail

Spritz hairspray

Spritz TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray on your high ponytail to make braiding easier. This will also help make your fishtail braid last long. 


Asian woman spritzing hairspray on her high ponytail

Create a fishtail braid

Now, it’s time for you to create your fishtail braid ponytail. Split your ponytail into two vertical sections. Then, get a small section of hair from the left side and cross it over to the center part of your ponytail.

Next, take another small section of hair from the right side and cross it over to the middle as well. Keep on doing this until you read the end of your ponytail. 

Backshot of an Asian woman creating a fishtail braid ponytail

Secure your braid

When you reach the tips of your ponytail, secure your fishtail braid ponytail with an elastic. 

Asian woman tying the tips of her fishtail braid ponytail with an elastic


Now, you’re done with your fishtail braid ponytail. When you want to upgrade a simple ponytail, this easy hairstyle is the way to go. You can wear it when taking a relaxing stroll at the park or even when working out. You can even style your hair this way when doing yoga to keep strands off your face.

A fishtail braid ponytail is also stylish for both school and work, so go ahead and have fun with this hairstyle. 

Asian woman with long hair in a fishtail braid ponytail wearing a jacket and smiling in front of a fountain

More Fishtail Braid Hairstyles

Ready to try other fishtail braid hair ideas? Check these out.

1. Fishtail French Braid

Fishtail French Braid-Step 10
Put two pretty braids together and you got yourself a super cool hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

You can create combine two braids in one gorgeous hairstyle such as the fishtail French braid. Start with a French braid from your crown up to your nape, then put the rest of your hair in a fishtail braid. It’s chic hairstyle to wear at work if you want a break from the usual low buns and sleek ponytails.

2. Messy fishtail braid

Asian woman with long hair in a messy fishtail braid smiling
Wear your fishtail braid loose and messy on days when you just want to relax. Credit: Hariono Halim

Pressed for time? Quickly put your hair in a messy fishtail braid and be ready in a minute or two. You can also wear this hairstyle when nailing a boho-chic look.

3. Side fishtail braid

Learn how to do the fishtail braid:
Nothing is fishy about the fishtail braid. Credit: Hariono Halim

You can also put your hair in a side fishtail braid when doing light workouts and yoga. You can even loosen a few strands of hair around your face for that extra messy-chic touch.

4. Crown fishtail braid

Asian woman with long black hair in a crown fishtail braid standing in a park
Be proud of your fishtail braid and wear it like a crown. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Create a fancy updo from two fishtail braids and make a crown fishtail braid. Then, complement it with a striking pair of earrings and cocktail dress, and you’re all set for parties and prom nights.

5. Half up fishtail braid

Back shot of an Asian woman with short hair in a half up fishtail braid hairstyle
A half-up fishtail braid makes short and medium-length hair look more interesting. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Got short hair? Jazz up a simple everyday look by going for a half-up fishtail braid. This hairstyle is perfect when you need to dress up for daytime parties, bridal showers, or small gatherings with friends.

Now that you know how to create a fishtail braid ponytail, you can easily elevate a regular ponytail hairstyle. Feel free to experiment with other braided hairstyles as well so you can sport a new look whenever you want a mini-makeover. 



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