How to Create a Half Up Fishtail Braid for Short Hair

Bored with simply blow-drying your short hair? It's time to braid it! In this tutorial, we show you how to create a half up fishtail braid for short hair. Read on to learn how. 
Asian woman with half up fishtail braid for short hair wearing a plaid blouse

Braids for short hair are becoming popular. Gone are the days when people think that you need to have long, cascading locks in order to wear braids. Now, even women with bobs and lobs can wear braids, including the half up fishtail braid for short hair.

There are a couple of ways to wear a half up fishtail braid for short hair. You can mimic a basic half up half down with braid and simply replace the three-strand braid with a fishtail braid, or you can create two fishtail braids and join them on your crown. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create the latter type of half up fishtail braid for short hair.



Steps in Creating a Half Up Fishtail Braid for Short Hair



1

Wash your hair

Make sure your hair is healthy before you start with any hairstyle. Prep your hair by washing it with TRESemmé Detox & Nourish Shampoo and TRESemmé Detox & Nourish Conditioner. This duo cleanses your hair while helping replenish lost nutrients. This way, your hair is ready for just about anything. 

2

Smooth out hair

Before you start braiding, detangle your hair first and smooth it out with a fine-tooth comb. Then, part your hair in the middle. 

3

Spritz hairspray

Spritz TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray on your hair to give it grip and texture. This will help you create your half up fishtail braid for short hair more easily. 

4

Start braiding

Take a section of hair from the right side of your head. Divide this into two equal parts. Then, take a small section of hair underneath one of these parts and cross it over to the middle. 

 

5

Keep braiding

Then, take another section of hair underneath the other section and cross it over to the middle. As you continue, you’ll be able to see your fishtail braid starting to take shape. 

6

Secure your braid

Keep braiding until the fishtail braid reaches your crown. Secure your fishtail braid with an elastic. 

7

Do it again

Now that you’re done on one side, it’s time to create another fishtail braid on the other side of your head. Simply repeat the same steps, then let the two braids meet on your crown. 

8

Tie both braids

Once both braids have been secured, tie them on your crown using another elastic to finish your half updo. 

9

All done!

Now, you can go out and show off your beautiful half up fishtail braid for short hair. You can wear this versatile hairstyle at work or on weekends. It also suits almost all kinds of outfits–whether you’re all dressed up or just wearing a casual get-up and hanging out with your friends.

You can also style or bob this way when it starts growing and you don’t have time to get a trim yet. This way, you get hair off your face and flyaways won’t bother you that much. 

Ready to create a half up fishtail braid for short hair? Bookmark this page and follow these steps as you go along. Don’t forget to have fun braiding your hair!



More Half Up Hairstyles for Short Hair



If you enjoyed creating the half up fishtail braid for short hair, we’re sure you’ll also love these half updos for short hair. Check them out.

1. Half updo with fishtail braid

Asian woman with half up fishtail braid for short hair wearing a white top outdoors
You can also wear a half up fishtail braid for short hair this way. Credit: Natasha Estelle

To create this hairstyle, just tie the upper half of your hair into a half ponytail using an elastic. Then, put the half ponytail in a fishtail braid. That’s it! You can wear this ‘do when you want to shake up your usual short hairstyle.

2. Half up French braid for short hair

Back shot of an Asian woman with half up French braid for short hair
Modify this classic hairstyle to suit your short hair: Credit: Hariono Halim

Just like other types of braids, French braid isn’t just for long-haired women. You can also style your bob or lob this way—just braid the upper half of your hair and secure with an elastic.

3. Twisted half updo with hair clips

Back shot of an Asian woman with a twisted half updo with gold bobby pins
You can look elegant with this simple half updo for short hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you’re not in the mood to braid your hair, go for a simple twisted half updo. Jazz it up with elegant-looking hair clips or bobby pins, and you got yourself a day-to-night hairstyle for your short hair.

Having hort hair doesn’t mean having limited hairstyle options. You can definitely create twisted hairstyles and braids just like the half up fishtail braid for short hair. Don’t forget to share these hairstyle ideas with friends, so all of you can enjoy styling your short hair.

Next read: Pressed for time? Check out this tutorial on how to create an easy half updo for short hair. You can create this hairstyle even when you’re in a rush!