Tutorial: How to make a french fishtail braid updo

Want to up your ponytail game? Then how about rocking a fishtail French braid in your mane, for a look that's thrice as trendy?   

Any hair styling fanatics out there will undoubtedly know that mermaid hair, French braids and fishtail braids are all hot-to-trot looks. And while we love each of these styles individually, we couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to rock them altogether. The answer: a French fishtail braid!

Blending seamlessly from one plaiting technique to another, what you’re left with is an ultra-chic fishtail braid ponytail! So, have we tempted you to try this hybrid hairstyle? Then waste no time and get the look for yourself, below.

Tutorial: The French fishtail ponytail braid


Brush through your hair.

To start, you’ll want to ensure your hair is smooth and tangle free for braiding, so brush through your locks to remove any knots or kinks.



Texturise your hair.

Now that you’ve smoothed out your mane, it’s time to give it some extra grip to help with the braiding process.

We suggest spritzing your strands with the VO5 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo, which will give your hair an extra boost of volume, as well as banish any oily roots!


Section your hair.

You’re now prepped and ready to style!

To begin your French braid, take 2-3 inches of hair at the top of your head and divide it into 3 equal sections.


Weave your braid.

Take your right section of hair and cross it over your middle section (this will become the new middle section of hair), then cross the left section of hair over your new middle section.


Continue to weave.

From this point, pick up additional pieces of hair from the sides as you weave and incorporate them into your braid.


Switch braiding techniques.

Once you reach about a third of the way down your head, stop weaving your French braid and instead switch to a fishtail plait.


Braid until the ends.

To do a fishtail plait, split your remaining hair into 2 halves and alternately cross small sections of hair from either side to the opposite half.

Continue this weaving motion to the end, securing with an elastic hairband.


Final look.

See? We promised this French fishtail braid updo would be magical! Now go forth and swish your perfectly styled mane all day long.


Loved this fishtail pony and now want to rock even more plaited looks? Then your wish is our command. Simple skip on over to our Braids page, where you can weave to your heart’s content!