inverted fishtail braid

Tutorial: How to Do an 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.

Therefore, it’s 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, every day. This ol’ thing? Took me 10 seconds, kthxbye.

How to Do An Inverted Fishtail Braid

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


Start with a low pony.

Start on clean and conditioned hair by using TRESemmé Pro Collection Beauty-Full Strength Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro Collection Beauty-Full Strength 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

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

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

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

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

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

Tie it up.

Secure the ends with a thin hair tie.

how to make an inverted fishtail braid: hair tie

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

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


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

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