Fishtail braids are an intricate and classy looking hairstyle. You can wear this hairstyle with any outfit for any event. Such is the versatility of this braids style. Not only does it look dashing, but it is also quite easy to do by yourself if you put in a little effort. Fishtail braids are said to have evolved from ancient Greek hairstyles and are considered as one of the most beautiful types of braids. It is very simple and minimal looking, yet has a hint of complexity to it, which makes it so endearing.
The fishtail braids can be worn in a variety of ways, from normal ponytail braid to a side-swept style and even a complicated bun style. It serves as a great piece of decoration on your hair, and you wouldn’t need any other hair accessories to enhance your look if you are sporting the fishtail braids. While ponytail fishtail braids are the most common style and the style that we will be discussing here, another common way of wearing the fishtail braids include styling them as a halo crown on top of your head. It makes for a very classy wedding hairstyle.
The fishtail braid may appear similar to a French braid, but it is not quite so. For the French braid, we separate the hair into three sections from the top of the head itself. But for fishtail braids, we begin by first tying up your hair into a ponytail and then dividing up the sections to create a pleat. Let us now move on to the detailed explanation.
Supplies You’ll Need To Make Fishtail Braid
- Hair Tie
Steps To Do A Fishtail Braid
- Tie your hair into a ponytail that isn’t too high or too low. Don’t try styling on wet hair. Make sure your hair is completely dry.
- Divide your ponytail into two sections. Now from the underside of the right section, pull one more smaller section of hair. Pull this section towards the middle of your ponytail.
- After pulling the smaller section to the middle, combine it with the hair on the left section and pull it tightly.
- Do the same process by switching the same steps to the hair in the opposite section. Keep altering between both the sides, pulling tight with each section as you go down. Repeat the process till you reach the ends and secure your hair with a hair tie.
You can either keep the fishtail braids tightly in the same position or loosen it up a little using your fingers. Pull out some loose strands on the front so that they fall on your face and frame them. And with that, the simple and classic fishtail braid is ready.
There are no additional steps needed to do a double fishtail braid. Just part your hair into two sections on both sides, tie them each into ponytails (double ponytail) and then do the same steps you use for singular fishtail braiding.
The French braid starts right from the top or start of your head, unlike fishtail braids that are done on ponytails. They are therefore connected to the ponytail and not to the scalp or head.
Yes, you can do fishtail braids on short hair too. If your hair is really short or a bob hairstyle, then you may be unable to do your whole hair in fishtail braids. In such cases, take only a few strands of hair and braid them as fishtails.