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[how-to] Fishtail Braid

Courtenay Henderson

I've been feeling the pressure to get my braid game on point. And when I say feeling the pressure, I really mean pressuring myself. I want to be able to braid my babe's hair (when she has some). So why not start practicing now?

I feel like braids have made a come back in the last couple years. Or maybe they were always trendy? I'm not sure but I love a good braid. 


- the hair is off your face

- there are so many variations

- they're classy and adorable at the same time

- they make you look put together, even if you don't feel like you are


I enlisted the help of my hairstylist/bestie and my sister for my first tutorial. Not going to lie, I felt like I didn't know how to use my hands when she first explained the concept. I had no idea how to hold all the hair or where to put my thumbs-- it was a scene. The whole process probably took me about 15 minutes and once I started it was easy to get the hang of, and so worth it. I love the ways these beauties look when they're complete.


S T E P B Y S T E P 


1. Part the hair into two equal sections down the middle. Let's call them side L (left) and side R (right).


2. Pull a small piece of hair from the outside of side L, and join it to side R.

*The smaller the pieces that you pull across, the more intricate the braid looks

3. Pull a small piece of hair from the outside of side R and join it to side L. Repeat until you've reached the bottom of the braid.

*It may feel messy especially at the beginning but will sort itself out by the time you near the end of your braid.

4. I like to pull at the braid a bit, starting from the top to loosen it. Up to you, I just like the looser less fussy feel AND it hides mistakes really well. So you can act like you left that front piece of hair out on purpose...


This looks so impressive and intricate with minimal effort.

It's the perfect go-to for Easter brunch and you've got a few days to perfect it before the weekend.