How to create your new favourite updo: The side fishtail braid bun

Arianna | 20 July 2016
10 mins Style Easy

Ever wanted to rock a side fishtail French braid or a messy side fishtail braid? Now’s your chance! 


Why opt for a regular side bun when you can have a stunning side fishtail braid bun? Yep, it really does exist! And while braided buns are having a moment, we think this modern twist on the classic is especially stylish.

Now, don’t fret if you don’t know where to start with this fishtail side braid updo, because going to show you how. And you don’t even have to be a braid expert either, because this side fishtail look is super simple and utterly effective. So, scroll down to learn how to do a side fishtail braid bun in 6 foolproof steps!

How to do a fishtail side braid bun


Detangle hair

This side fishtail hairstyle works best on clean hair, so ensure that yours is fresh with the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Strengthen & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner.

Then brush through your tresses to get rid of any troublesome tangles. It’ll be far easier to braid your hair when it’s free of knots.


Create a ponytail

To ensure you weave your fishtail braid to the side, gather your hair into a low side ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with a hair band. Then split the hair in your ponytail into 2 even sections.


Create a fishtail braid

To create a side fishtail braid, start with the 2 sections of hair in your ponytail. Take a thin section of hair from the outer edge of the right section and pull it over and across to the left section, crossing in front (not behind).

Then repeat the same technique on the left section of your hair: take a thin section from the outer edge, pull it over and across the right section. Hold your hair tightly in place as you do this.


Keep braiding

Keep alternating the weaving motion between right and left sides until you reach the end of your ponytail.

It might take a few moments for you to see the full effect of your fishtail side braid take shape, so be patient! When you get to the end of your hair, secure with a hairband.

Tip: To give this look even more of a twist, try turning it into a side fishtail French braid! Simply French braid down the side of your head until you reach the nape of your neck, then begin your fishtail braid from there.


Wrap into a bun

With your fishtail braid complete, wrap it around the base of your ponytail to create a bun. Use a couple of bobby pins to secure it in place, ensuring they’re well hidden.

To keep your bun in place, spritz some VO5 Classic Firm Hold Hairspray at arm’s length to help hold it throughout the day.


The final look

And there you have it: you’ve learnt how to do a fishtail side braid bun in no time. Who knew that it could be so versatile?

Tip: To turn this look into a messy side fishtail braid, simply pancake your plait and pull a few tendrils of hair free from the front to frame your face!


Enjoyed this ‘how to do a side fishtail braid updo’ tutorial? Well, if you like rocking your fishtail braid to the side, we bet you’re going to love the stunning plaited hairstyles we have for you, right here!

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