Tutorial: How to Make a Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Eunice Lucero | 15 August 2016
how to create a fishtail braid ponytail hair tutorial
10mins Style Easy

Master the fishtail braid ponytail in just a few steps with our fun tutorial.

If you’re still somewhat new to the fishtail braid game (guilty!) but totally want to get in on this hot hair braided trend, you’re in luck: The fishtail braid ponytail might just be the braid hack you’ve been looking for. Yes, it is as straightforward as it sounds, no tricks—the process is similar to a regular ponytail, except the actual tail is braided, not loose. Sounds awesome, right?!

Best when worn high on the head (just a few inches shy of a top knot), the fishtail pony looks neat and preppy, but is also street-style savvy enough to be paired with your edgy outfits. Evenly at home teamed with a bateau tee as it is with your 90-inspired choker and frayed jeans, it’s a transitional hairstyle we are all about this season and know you’ll love, too! Read on for this quick and easy guide on how to create a fishtail ponytail braid.

Tutorial: Fishtail Ponytail Hairstyles

fishtail braid ponytail on clean hair
1

Start on clean, freshly washed hair.

Hair that’s been washed and conditioned with a frizz-defying system, such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo and Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner, makes for a good starting point for a clean and moisturized herringbone braid.

 

how to create a fishtail braid ponytail: brush your hair
2

Create a high pony.

Brush your hair to ensure that it is smooth and knot-free. Then, gather your hair into a medium-to-high ponytail on your crown.

fishtail braid ponytail tutorial: spray your hair
3

Prep and protect.

You’ll want your hair to be at least 90% dry before you start braided style. If it’s still wet, you can also blow-dry it. Start by spritzing the base of your pony with a heat protection spray, such as TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray (not pictured). This formula works to resist heat up to 450°, ensuring that your hair stays smooth and protected from any heat styling. Then, blow-dry your ponytail as you normally would.

 

fishtail braid ponytail tutorial: divide your hair
4

Split your pony into two.

Prepare to make a fishtail ponytail by first dividing your pony into two halves. You may also conceal your first hair elastic with a thin lock of hair, as desired.

 

 

 

fishtail braid: begin braiding
5

Begin your braid.

Start braiding your fishtail. Take a thin section from the outside of each half. Alternately cross each into the middle and take them into its opposite bigger half.

fishtail braid ponytail tips and tutorial
6

Continue until you reach the end.

Continue your braid until you reach the ends and secure with an elastic (using one that’s the same color as your hair gives a sophisticated edge). Your plait should now have a telltale herringbone pattern.

 

 

 

fishtail braid ponytail: pancake your plait
7

Pancake your plait.

Gently tug at the sides of your braid to even it out, or to fatten it for more texture.

how to create a gorgeous fishtail braid ponytail
8

Done!

You’re all set and completed an awesome fishtail braid ponytail!  A light misting of humidity-defying hairspray, such as the Nexxus New York Salon Care Comb Thru Finishing Mistwill help to protect your style from any halo frizz and promote an overall sleeker — yet touchably texturized — look.

 

Looking for more cool hairstyles, like this fishtail pony? Check out our other fun braid tutorials to spiff up your look this season!

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