How to do a fishtail braid ponytail in 5 simple steps

Leona | 01 May 2019
Blake Lively with long golden blonde hair in a fishtail ponytail braid.

The only fishtail braid ponytail tutorial you’ll ever need!

We all know that braided hairstyles are perfect for so many occasions. Whether you’re in need of a hairstyle for the gym, a wedding or the beach, braids are always a go-to look to help you feel put together. But if your braiding skills only reach as far as a French or Dutch style pattern, you may think that creating a fishtail braid ponytail is out of your remit. But what about if we told you that creating a fishtail braid is actually super simple and far less intimidating than you might think.

Don’t believe us? Find out how you can create a fishtail braid ponytail in 5 easy steps by following out hair tutorial below.

brunette woman putting her long straight hair into a ponytail

Create a ponytail.

If your hair is greasy, start by prepping your strands with a dry shampoo, then secure your hair into a ponytail

Tip: Wrap a small section of hair around your hair band and use a bobby pin to secure for extra style points.

brunette woman separating her long straight hair into sections while in a ponytail

Separate your hair.

What makes a fishtail braid different is that unlike a French or Dutch braid, hair is divided into 2 equal sections, instead of 3. 

Brunette woman doing a fishtail braid ponytail.

Start braiding.

To create a fishtail braid ponytail, take a thin section of hair from the outer edge of your right section and bring it over and across to the left section.

Then, take a thin section from your left section and bring it over and across to your right section.

Brunette woman securing her fishtail braid ponytail

Continue braiding.

Continue this braiding process until you reach the end of your hair and secure your braid using a hair elastic.

Brunette woman pancaking a fishtail braid ponytail

Pancake your braid.

Pancake your braid by carefully pulling the braid apart to create a fuller looking finish.

Tip: If you have short layers, be extra careful when pancaking and keep some bobby pins at hand if you’ve pulled a little too much hair out of your braid. 

Ensure your braid stays put by spritzing your finished look with hairspray.

And there you have it! A stylish fishtail braid ponytail in 5 easy steps.