Half-French, half-fishtail, the fishtail French braid is a whole lotta sass.
What you’ll need
What happens when you take the half-updo craze, mermaid hair, half a French braid and half a fishtail braid, and combine them all in one? A whole lotta halves, but a whole lot of Instagram likes too, that’s for sure. Don’t worry, the French fishtail braid is not as convoluted nor as campy as it sounds. Contrary to looking like hair chop suey (or worse—a fashion victim), the fishtail French braid is actually a pretty quiet spin-off of the mermaid braid we featured a while back, and simply uses a fishtail braid instead of a regular three-strand plait to finish off the look.
How to do a French fishtail braid? Well, first off, the appeal: Apart from nailing four trends in one, the French fishtail hairstyle’s trademark herringbone weave revs up the entire plait, making it unique, sophisticated and more texturized. The half-updo keeps you from looking like you tried too hard (and because we’re never not in love with the 1990s). And the pink hair? Well, that’s just one of our favorite looks, not to mention one of the most undeniably fun hair colors we’ve seen all summer. Read on to learn more about how to do a fishtail French braid, which we found surprisingly easy:
Tutorial: French Fishtail Braid
Start on clean, freshly washed hair.
Your fishtail French plait will definitely pop on shiny, dyed locks, so best to prime hair with a specially-formulated wash and care regimen for color-treated hair. Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner is a system that contains lower sulfates than other shampoos (and as an added bonus, its keratin-infused systems also provide 48-hour frizz control.). Rinse well, and towel-dry hair.