How to Make a Fishtail Braid

Fishtail braids are very versatile; they can be worn casually to school or in the daytime when they are given a playful look. They can be worn to work when given a more formal or business-like look; they can be worn to a formal event or even to a club. The versatility of the fishtail braid depends on how it is styled.

How to make fishtail braids

For a kempt looking fishtail braid you may want to wet the hair first.


  1. Moisturize the section of hair where you want to put the fishtail braid.
  2. Comb that section and divide into two parts.
  3. Take a piece smaller than your section from behind the left section and wrap it around the left section. Perform the same action on the right section.
  4. Cross the small right section over the small left section.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 taking new, small sections each time from both the right and left large sections until the end of the hair shaft is reached.

Style ideas for fishtail braids

Day wear

If the hair is long then you can sweep all the hair over the left or right shoulder, divide it into two equal parts and follow steps 3 and 4 until the braids are done. Do not moisturize the hair as this gives it a cute, messy look as if making the French braid was easy.

If your hair is short but still long enough to do a Fishtail braid, ,try doing one braid down the centre of the head or doing one braid on one or both sides of the head. Leave the rest of the hair out this will contribute to the fun and playful, daytime look.

Work or business wear

  1. Brush the hair backwards and moisturize it.
  2. Take a small section of hair on the left side of the head.
  3. Make a fishtail braid to half the length of the hair and secure it with an invisible elastic band.
  4. Brush the rest of the hair backwards putting it into a ponytail.
  5. Incorporate the part of the shaft of your braid that is upbraided into the ponytail.
  6. The ponytail can be left out or it can be wrapped into a bun.

Formal party and club wear

Formal party wear

  1. Moisturize and brush the hair backwards.
  2. Make two fishtail braids on both sides of the head, but only braid the hair to half its length.
  3. Take the loose ends of the braids along with whatever hair is left and make a tight pony tail.
  4. Curl the hairs in the ponytails with a large curling iron and use hair pins to make a loose, almost messy bun.

Club wear

  1. Moisturize and comb through the hair.
  2. Make a small poof above your forehead and continue with your fishtail braid downwards.
  3. If you have bangs then you can skip the poof and just do a fishtail braid down the centre of the head.
  4. Another great club hair idea is to do half of one fishtail braid to one side of the head and let the rest of the hang loosely.

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