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Fishtail braiding made easy: tutorial

/ 11.21.2014
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Fishtail braids always look gorgeous, but if you find the technique difficult to master, you're not alone. While a two-strand method sounds pretty straightforward, there is definitely a knack to it. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to get the hang of when you know exactly what you need to do.

Below, you'll find some easy-to-follow instructions that should make the whole process easier, leaving you with the fantastic fishtail braid you've been dreaming of!

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Step one
Before you start braiding, take a moment to brush your mane through to remove any tangles. A surprise knot can be frustrating, and it might cause you to lose concentration while braiding.

Step two
Side braids tend to be the easiest way to learn how to fishtail on your own hair, so sweep your hair over one shoulder, then divide it into two roughly equal halves.

Step three
Keeping the two halves separate, take a small piece of hair - slightly smaller than the width of a pencil - from the outside of the left half. Place it over the top of the left half, then join it to the inside edge of the right half. By inside edge, we mean the middle of the braid. Don't tuck the piece underneath, just gather it with the rest.

Step four
Take a piece of hair from the outside of the right half, lay it over the top of the right half, then gather it on the inside edge of the left half.

Step five
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you get to the ends of your hair, then secure with a small elastic.

Step six
To loosen the braid, gently pull it out slightly with your hands, then complete the look with a generous mist of finishing spray. That's it!

Top tip - Fishtails look great with a tousled texture, so try scrunching some salt spray through the mid-lengths and ends before you start braiding!

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