Tutorial: How to Create the Really Cool Inverted Fishtail Braid

Ready to up your braid game? Check out how to ace the inverted fishtail in 10 easy steps.

So guess what: An inverted fishtail braid is one of those things that looks more complex than it actually is. It’s a style that’s become an online favorite, mainly because of its highly photogenic appeal and perceived skill factor.

It’s therefore no wonder that busy social media stars turn to the inverted fishtail whenever they think their feeds need an instant shot of wow. It’s a tongue-wagger, all day, everyday. This ol’ thing? Took me 10 seconds, kthxbye.

But seriously—that’s almost just how long it really does take. We broke it down this process into, but once mastered, it’s a style that shouldn’t take you longer than a Snapchat post. Read on to check out more about how to make an inverted fishtail braid.

How to Do An Inverted Fishtail Braid

Step 1

Start with a low pony.

Start on clean and conditioned hair by using TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 Shampoo and TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 Conditioner. Then, create a low ponytail at the base of your head, near your nape. Secure the base with a hair elastic or super-fine hair tie.

inverted fishtail braid: create low ponytail
Step 2

Divide the pony.

Split your ponytail into two equal sections: A and B (doesn’t matter which is which).

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: divide pony
Step 3

Grab a thin strip from one section.

Using one hand, grab a sliver of hair from the outermost side of section A and weave it under the entire section B. Use your other hand to incorporate the sliver into section B.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: create sections
Step 4

Repeat with Section B.

Repeat the process, using an outside sliver from section B this time and incorporating it into section A. Remember: It’s this “weaving under” motion that will give your fishtail an inverted look.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: repeat
Step 5

Repeat on the entire pony.

Continue this downward weaving (sliver A under big B, then sliver B under big A) on the entire length of your ponytail.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: repeat on pony
Step 6

Braid until you get to the tips.

Continue braiding until you reach the ends of your hair.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: braiding
Step 7

Tie it up.

Secure the ends with a thin hair tie.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: hair tie
Step 8

Pancake it.

Widen or “pancake” your plait to your desired flatness by gently tugging at each of its edges.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: pancake your braid
Step 9

Set with some hairspray.

Finish the look with a light misting of some hairspray like Nexxus New York Salon Care Comb Thru Finishing Mist. This helps keep the plait intact.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: set with hairspray
Step 10


You’re all done! Time to show off your fab inverted fishtail on all your social media accounts. #BraidsOnFleek


how to make an inverted fishtail braid tutorial

You’ve mastered how to make a inverted fishtail! Check out more braided tutorials in our guide to braids.

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