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How to Do a Fishtail Braid in 5 Easy Steps
Still haven't learned how to do a fishtail braid? This step-by-step fishtail braid tutorial will make you an expert -- instantly
These fishtail braid instructions are easy to understand, and you only have to follow five simple steps. Plus, we've included clear, close-up photos so there's no need to pause and rewind.
Time to break out the elastics, stretch out your fingers, and get ready to unleash your inner hair stylist. Keep clicking to see exactly how to fishtail braid.
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How to Do a Fishtail Braid, Step 1: Create a PonytailTo begin, gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Use a throwaway elastic -- one that you can snip away with scissors at the end.
How to Do a Fishtail Braid, Step 2: Divide Your PonytailNext, split your ponytail evenly into two sections. Unlike the classic plait, a fishtail braid only requires two sections.
How to Do a Fishtail Braid, Step 3: Begin WeavingUse your finger to separate a small section of your hair from the outer edge near the elastic and cross it over to the opposite side (overlapping just like you would if you were doing a standard braid). Re-grip your hair to tighten plait, still holding two sections. Repeat with a small section from the other side.
How to Do a Fishtail Braid, Step 4: Maintain EvennessContinue overlapping pieces from both sides of your ponytail, all the way down to your ends. Be sure to pull small sections from underneath to cross over, and try to grab the same size (about a half inch) sections from each side.
How to Do a Fishtail Braid, Step 5: Finish Your LookOnce you've woven your hair down to the ends, secure the fishtail braid with another elastic. Then, use scissors to carefully cut out the elastic at the base of your ponytail. Finish your fishtail braid by gently tugging on your braid with your fingers to loosen it for an effortless look.