12 Days of Christmas Hair Day 7: Half Fishtail Braid

The sweetest herringbone version ever.

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On the seventh day of Christmas, we’re betting you’re knee-deep in holiday frenzy. Parties, preparations, flights, last-minute reservations—you name it! The last thing you want is to worry about your hair, so we think a foolproof, easy-to-master look, like the half fishtail braid, will work wonders.

Not only is a half fishtail braid unique and still oh-so-on trend, it still keeps your ears unexposed to the elements—while giving you an overall polished look—so you’re still party-ready. We like this look especially for office holiday get-togethers, as it’s a great day-to-night hairstyle as well. And oh, we had this one come with a twist, just like our fave Christmas cocktails—you’ll see! Read on:

Tutorial: Half Fishtail Braid (with a Twist)

Step 1: Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Braids do well on hair with a bit of grip. Washing hair with a gentle clarifying system, like TRESemmé Purify & Replenish Shampoo and TRESemmé Purify Replenish Conditioner, helps rid hair of buildup and residue, priming hair for your half fishtail braid. Rinse well and towel-dry.

Step 2: Spray on some thermal protectant.

A heat-protective agent with conditioning benefits, such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, helps shield hair against hot tool damage—in this case, from your blow-dryer. Apply on lengths and dry with a blowdryer on a medium setting till hair is completely dry. Brush through to detangle.

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Work your fishtail using your two twists. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 3: Pinch hair on each side to create your twists.

Take a small section of hair on both the left and right side and twist each over before gathering them into a joint half ponytail. You will not need a middle section.

Step 4: Begin your plait.

Start your half fishtail braid by taking a small strip of hair from the outer right section and crossing it over to the left, incorporating it into that grip. Next, take a strip of hair from the outer left section and cross it over to the right, and incorporate that as well. Continue till you reach the ends, and secure with a hair tie. Ed’s note: A metallic or embellished elastic can give some cute holiday sparkle!

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Make sure your twists are a bit loose on each side to give you some wiggle room. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 5: Tug, tug, tug!

Pull each plait apart a tiny bit so each chain has some texture.

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Tame down any halo frizzies or wintertime static with a hairspray. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 6: Finish with hairspray.

Guard against any frizz and flyaways with a frizz-protecting hairspray, such as TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold Hairspray. Done!

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