How to Do an Inverted Fishtail Braid on Yourself

An inverted fishtail braid is similar to a basic 3-strand braid, except you divide your hair into two equal sections that you Dutch braid ( i.e by crossing strands underneath, instead of over as you would with a French braid) to create a cool 3D effect.  

Inverted fishtail braid tutorial: A young blonde woman with an inverted fishtail braid



We know what you’re thinking: a normal fishtail braid is tricky enough to master, so never mind an inverted fishtail braid (AKA a Dutch fishtail braid), right? Well, not quite. Here at All Things Hair, we believe any hairstyle is achievable – with a little guidance, that is.  Discover our simple inverted fishtail braid tutorial, below,  and you’ll be able to master this beautiful ‘do in no time. The real question is: where will you wear it?


Create a ponytail.

Before creating your inverted fishtail plait, wash your hair with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner duo, like the Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

Now gather your hair and put it into a low ponytail, securing it with a snag-free hairband.

inverted fishtail plait tutorial: step 1

Divide your ponytail.

Bring your ponytail round to one side and split it into 2 even sections, ready to begin making your inverted fishtail braid.

inverted fishtail braid: step 2

Begin your braid.

Ready to know how to do an inverted fishtail braid? Then take a small section of hair from the outside of one section, crossing it behind (instead of over, like a Dutch braid) the front to the other side.

Bring this piece of hair to join the opposite section. This weaving motion will create the inverted effect you require. Repeat this process on the other side.

how to do an inverted fishtail braid: step 3

Continue plaiting.

Now that you’ve nailed the previous step, continue this weaving process, working your way down the length of your hair. When learning how to make an inverted fishtail look its best, it is important to keep your tension even.

And don’t worry if you don’t see the effect straight away – you’ll need to braid for several moments before you see the inverted fishtail take shape.

How to make an inverted fishtail plait: step 4

Secure your braid.

When you reach the bottom of your hair, finish your braid by securing it with a clear hair band.

For a perfectly undone and textured look, pull out a couple of tendrils near your temples – it’ll help make the hairstyle look relaxed and effortlessly laid-back.

How to make a inverted fishtail plait: step 5.

Pancake it.

Want a thicker-looking braid, or a more undone effect? Try a method called ‘pancaking’. It will make your braid look fuller and provide more texture to your hairstyle.

Just use your thumb and your index finger to gently pinch and pull each section of your braid to tease the weave. See, you’ve now learnt how to make an inverted fishtail plait even fuller!

Inverted fishtail tutorial: step 6.

Finish with hairspray.

For the finishing touch to this inverted fishtail plait, spray your hair with the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray.

This hairspray has an ultra-fine holding complex that will help hold your style, while still maintaining natural movement.

How to do an inverted fishtail braid: step 7.

Final look.

Ta-da! You now know how to make an inverted fishtail braid. From weddings to Sunday brunches, this gorgeous hairstyle will make you slay at every occasion.

How to make an inverted fishtail plait: step 8

We know, we’ve inspired you to try your hand at other plaiting styles, right? Well if you’ve mastered this inverted fishtail braid tutorial, head on over to our Braids page, where loads more looks await you.





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