Three elegant ways to wear fishtail braids to the side.
The past year has definitely been the year of the braid, no question about that. And if you think we’re ending 2016 without paying homage to one of our fave looks, think again! We’re capping off the year by giving props to the chic side fishtail braid, which in our opinions, like with the half-updo and 1990s bob, has definitely reached cult status.
And because we want to share the love (and ’cause we’re just over-exuberant that way), we’ve put together two simple, step-by-step tutorial to creating an everyday fishtail side braid styles that anyone can follow. Let’s all ace this new classic hairstyle, once and for all! Read on to learn more about how to create a fishtail braid to the side on your hair in three different ways.
Create a low side ponytail so you can create your fishtail braid to the side. Secure your hair with an elastic or hair tie.
Split your pony in half.
Divide your ponytail into two parts as you would when beginning a regular fishtail braid.
Begin your fishtail braid.
Proceed to fishtail: Take one small lock from the outsidemost of Section A and cross it over and incorporate it into Section B. Then take one small lock from the outside most of Section B and cross it over and incorporate it into Section A.
Continue till the tips.
Proceed to fishtail braid until you reach the end of your ponytail. Secure the ends with an invisible or clear hair tie.
Make a bun with your pony.
Gently pull your fishtail braid apart to stretch and create a messy side fishtail braid. Coil your fishtailed pony around its own base to create a low bun.
Create a neat chignon.
Make a full circle with your fishtailed pony and secure at the overlap with some bobby pins, tucking them away from sight.
Brush hair over one shoulder, effectively creating a side part. Then split all your hair into two thick sections.
Pinch off a small strip from the inner section.
Take a small strip of hair from your inner section (or the section nearest your neck) and cross it over to join your outer thick section.
Incorporate it into the opposite section.
Incorporate the thin inner strip into the thick outer section. Smooth down.
Repeat on outer section.
Repeat the same process on the outer section, which has your fringe/hairline pieces. Take a thin strip of hair on the outermost side of that section, and cross it inwards and over towards the entire opposite section.
Incorporate into the inner section.
Grasp the new strip and smooth it down in the opposite section.
Repeat the process.
Repeat steps three to six, where you take the outermost strip of section A and cross it over to join the entire section B, followed by the outermost strip of section B crossed over to join the entire section A. (Takes practice.) Take your time, and working this way, from the outwards in, and you will eventually see a herringbone pattern emerge from the base of your plait.
Braid till the ends.
Continue your plait till you reach the ends. Secure with a neutral-colored hair tie or a bright or metallic ribbon, for a festive touch.
Pancake your plait.
Pancake, or tug, the sides of each chain so it fattens out for a trendier look. You can also take this opportunity to even out any lopsided chains or create a messy side fishtail braid.
Finish with hairspray.
For a clean look without any halo frizz (a.k.a. those baby strands that stick out when hair is pulled back), finish with a frizz-controlling hairspray, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold Hairspray. Hold the nozzle around 12″ away, or until your arm forms a capital letter L. You’re all set!
Once more, with feeling:
Look 3: Fishtail Side Braid for Medium Length Hair