Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Sometimes I just do not have the time to do my hair in the morning. It is long and thick and hard to deal with occasionally. A fishtail or fishbone, I’ve heard both, is my go-to-do for when I am on the run. So, because this is my “I don’t feel like doing my hair” solution, I am surprised by the reactions I get from people when I wear my hair like this. Not once have I had my hair in a fishtail and NOT had someone compliment it. No exaggeration. People are amazed at how it looks and always ask how to do it too. It has always surprised me because it is so simple to do, and yes, it does look fabulous. So here is a step by step tutorial to show you just how easy it is!

The Happiness Mane!

I started with curly hair here, which I don’t suggest, BUT the best part of a fishtail braid is that it is so easy to quickly style your hair to impress, no matter what you start with. I usually do a fishtail when my hair has been slept on and I am too lazy to do anything else.


The only reason I have my hair in a pony in these first photos, is to show you the first few steps. Later you will see that my hair is out of a pony. NOTE: you could start with a pony, do the entire braid, then take the top elastic out, for a loose look (see final photo.)

Step one

1. In a pony or not, split your hair evenly into two pieces.

Step two

2. Take a small piece of hair from the outside of one half.

Step three

3. Take that small piece of hair and bring it across to the other half of hair. Once that piece has crossed over, make sure you still have two separate halves of hair.

Step four

4. Hold the one half, and take a small piece from the outside of the opposite half.

Step five

5. Take that small piece and join it with the hair in the opposite half of hair. Now you will start to see how the rest of the braid will be going.

Step six

6. To continue, repeat steps 2-5. Always make sure you have your hair parted into two distinct chunks. From there you will alternate crossing small pieces from the outside of each side.

Step seven

7. And this is the final look! How loose or tight it is depends on how firm you hold the hair in the process. It also depends on how big your small pieces of hair are when crossing over. The smaller the pieces, the more it will look tight like a zipper.

Isn't it pretty?

This is a wee bit tighter and with smaller pieces used. But believe me, you can get really tight and really small pieces, it all depends on the look you are going for. Personally, I like a looser look with smaller pieces. Like I said, this is my go-to-do when I am in a hurry and I find that it looks great a little messy too.

A Fishtail Braid!

NOTE: I will usually start with my hair behind me and since my hair is so long, I will have to bring it around to the side of my head to finish.

Twist it up!

The cool thing about doing it to the side too is that you can twist it a bit and put it down your back for a really fishy look. Have fun with it, once you know the basics you can do a lot with it!

Love Diane x


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2 Responses to Fishtail Braid Tutorial

  1. cathietherese says:

    the happiness mane is amazing !xo

  2. Connie says:

    Nicely done! You have a great head of hair.

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