The Fishtail Braid: A How-To for the Hair-Phobic

Chic Hairstyles in Under 10 Minutes, A Series

Part 1 of 6- The Fishtail Braid

As a mom always on the go, my appearance is the first thing that suffers from my lack of time in the morning.  My go-to hairstyle for a good amount of years has been a soaking wet head of hair thrown up into a messy bun. As a woman in envy of the put together appearances of other moms at school drop off, I decided it was time to seek out some guidance from a hair professional.

Determined to find a solution for my neglected tresses, I turned to my trusted hairstylist for many years, Moselle Sath at Shag in South Boston for advice.  As a hairstylist rock star in her own right, Moselle quickly came to the rescue. Her simple, trendy hairstyles can be achieved in under 10 minutes for a final look that will leave you the envy of your friends.

A favorite that works on those with medium to long hair is the Fishtail Braid. The fishtail braid looks like a complicated style to produce, but in reality this polished look is quite simple.

What you need:

  • Comb or Brush
  • 2 elastics (clear are best)
  • Scissors

2 sectionsStep 1:

Decide if you want your fishtail in back or to the side. Comb your hair to the side of your head (or back) and secure it in a ponytail with one of the elastics.


Step 2:

Separate your ponytail into 2 sections.

 

take small section to crossStep 3:

Working with small strands of hair from the outer portion of each side you’ll pass thin strands from one to the other.

 

 

 

small section crossing 2Take a small piece of hair from the outside of section 1 and cross it over the top of the pony passing it to section 2.  Now take a small piece of hair from section 2 and cross it over the top of the pony passing it to section 1.  You will notice the x pattern that you created in the middle.  Repeat this process while maintaining a tight hold and continue until
you reach your desired braid length.  I like to braid until I am only left with an inch of hair at the bottom.

 

past the middle***Note – If you have layers in your hair, a full braid may cause the smaller layers to come out, adding a messy effect to the overall look.  If you have layers and prefer a more composed look, end the braid at your shortest layer.   ****                                                                                                                                                                

 

 


widening the braid before elastic cutStep 4:

Once you have reached your desired length secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic.  With both of your hands, gently stretch out the fishtail to give it a little width.

 

elastic cut

 

 

Step 5:

Grab a pair of scissors and carefully cut the  elastic that held your ponytail in place at the top.  Once cut, remove the elastic and finish the look by again gently stretching the fishtail out to give it some width.

 

The fishtail braid really is an easy style to recreate and it looks fabulous dressed up or down.  There is something about a great braid that is chic and elegant but innocent at the same time.

Try this look for yourself and send us your pictures.

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Author
A creative mind, trained in the field of marketing and a master of do-it yourself and the art of crafting. A kid at heart Thia's a true believer in the healing power of laughter. In her spare time, she is a pop culture disciple, a closet shopaholic, an adventurer and a Disney songstress (for her children, of course). A former Division 1 ice hockey player, Thia holds a degree in Communications from Boston College.

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