Possibly the prettiest plait on the planet?
A fishtail braid or fishtail plait is a type of braided hairstyle. This pretty mermaid-like hairstyle received its name because of its 3D appearance and resemblance to a fishtail, and apparently was labelled a ‘Grecian braid’ in the 19th century.
So want to know how to master this pretty plait? Well, we’ve got a new hair to treat in store for you: the half-up, half-down fishtail braid tutorial – which really is as cool as it sounds, we promise.
All you have to do is scroll down and follow our simple step-by-step guide! You’re welcome.
Wash and detangle.
When your hair is clean and dry, generously spray it with a heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray. This will help protect your hair from heat damage, as well as promote smooth, frizz-free locks, making it easier for you to style.
Editor’s tip: If you have coloured hair like our model, then try the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only is it great if you have coloured hair, it’s also gentle enough for every day use.
Curl your hair.
Starting at the front, at roughly eyebrow height, llace a couple inches of your hair into your curling tong and slowly turn it away from your face, so that your hair loosely wraps around the barrel of the tong. Hold for a couple of seconds, then release. Repeat this curling process with the rest of your tresses, until you’ve completed your whole head of hair.
When you’ve finished curling your hair, grab the VO5 Give Me Texture Rough & Sexy Sea Salt Spray and lightly spritz your locks to help give your hair a touch of texture and grip. Trust us, this will make creating your fishtail braid a whole lot easier!
Divide your hair.
Editor’s tip: Remember to leave roughly an inch of hair at the front, this will help frame your face and add to the overall feminine feel of this braid.
Begin to braid.
Then, begin to weave a classic braid (left over middle, right over middle), but before your cross your strands again, pick up additional hair from each side to add to your outer sections. Continue this weaving process until you reach the middle of the back of your crown.
Weave your fishtail.
Once you’ve created the 2 sections that you need, take a slim section of hair (roughly half an inch) from the outer edge of the right section of hair, and pull it over and across (in front, not behind) the left section. Repeat the same technique with the left section: pull the small section of hair over and across the right section, while holding your hair firmly in place as you do so.
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