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How to do a Fishtail Braid

So I have decided to go back to basics with hair. The base of things is really what needs to be learned to create all those other fun styles you see. So think of it as a beauty school of sorts. We’ll do braids, buns, blow dry, products, and anything else I can think that is basic. Actually, if you have any requests – leave them in the comments, I’ll do my best to get to them!

I thought I would start with how to do a fishtail braid. It’s not the most basic braid, so you might be wondering why. Well, because it’s easy once you get the hang of it and it looks a lot more intricate than it really is. Read: people will think you spent a ton of time on your hair! Sounds good to me!

First I do want to say – you might not get it on the first try. Just as it goes with most things in life, practice makes perfect. So this is the basics and then you’ve got to get in there, sit in front of the bathroom mirror and give it a couple shots! If you get frustrated, walk away and try again later. The more you practice, the easier it will be. You’ll eventually find your grove with how you braid and be a pro yourself!

How to do a fishtail braid

how to wear a fishtail braid

The best way I could show you guys was through video. Pictures just don’t do it justice. So I put together a YouTube tutorial for you guys. It’s about 10 minutes long because I didn’t want to fast forward any of the braiding parts even when I’m not talking. So if you didn’t understand how I explained it, you can watch me do the fishtail as I go. I did two different kinds, a regular & a “Dutch” fishtail. You’ll see, it really isn’t too hard!

how to do a fishtail braid

So without further adieu, here’s the tutorial! Please let me know if you found it helpful or if you needed to see something slower or closer or anything. I want to make these back to basics videos as helpful for you guys as possible!

Now I thought it would be fun to share styles from different bloggers around the web who have tutorials with a fishtail. There’s lots of talented ladies out there, I want to share with you guys!


Bohemian fishtail French Braid by Missy Sue


Bohemian Side braid from The Freckled Fox


A fishtail bun from Hair Romance


Fishtail Half up from Twist Me Pretty 


Another one in the fishtail series from Twist Me Pretty

big fat fishtail braid with extensions

I shared a big fat fishtail to wear with extensions a little bit ago.


Love this half up fishtail from Hair Romance


 This really cool intricate fishtail from Confessions of a Hairstylist


Another beautiful updo with a fishtail from Missy Sue


Another option for fishtail half up from Hair Romance

And last but not least…

Half up fishtail hairstyle

My half-up fishtail tutorial.

I really hope with my video and all these options you are inspired to get busy fishtailing! Make sure you leave comments or suggestions in the comments so I can make these back to basics series super awesome!


3 Responses to How to do a Fishtail Braid

  1. Christina @ Hair Romance September 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    Your hair is gorgeous! And thanks for linking to me too lovely xx

  2. Christina April 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

    I’m just now learning new braids.. Thank you for your tutorials. So helpful.

    I need to ask… your hair is gorgeous. Do you color it yourself? If so, may I inquire on the color you use?

    Thank you in advance.


    • Natalia January 2, 2018 at 9:28 am #

      I do color it myself! It’s trieste red and venezzia brown from Madison Reed.

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