Monday, September 12, 2011

The Fishtail Braid

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 HOW TO:  Fishtail Braid

One of the braids that I get a lot of compliments on is the Fishtail braid.  This is also called The Herringbone braid because it looks very similar to a tight Herringbone pattern.Within a couple tries anyone can make a perfect fishtail braid in their sleep and have one of the trendiest hairstyles. The fishtail braid is so popular in part because it is so simple, but also because it is the perfect combination of playful and sophisticated.

Here are some great instructions I found from . They say that their secret tip is clear elastic rubberbands...

Items you will need: 2 clear elastics, scissors,  and lots of patience :)
  • If you want a smoother braid, brush your hair out first. For a messier braid, leave the natural texture and separate the hair with your fingers.
  • Create a ponytail using a clear elastic.
  • Split the ponytail into two separate pieces.
  • Take a piece from the first side and pass it to the 2nd side.
  • Next take a piece from the 2nd side and pass it back to the 1st side.
  • Once you’ve finished your braid, go in with your scissors and CAREFULLY cut the clear elastic at the top.
  • Optional: gently pull on the pieces to loosen it up if you wish!
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When you’re fishtail braiding, don’t think too hard! You’re simply making X’s. Also, remember that when you take the little piece from one side and pass it to the other side, you don’t need to keep track of it.

Heres a video for more help:

Some tips:

  • The skinnier the strand you use, the more intricate the braid will look. In general try to use the same thickness throughout or your braid will look uneven.
  • You can use bobby pins to secure flyaways.
  • For thicker hair, consider using thicker strands than skinnier which you would use for thinner hair.
  • Doing the fishtail braid while your hair is wet will give you a firmer grip and more precise braid.