Fishtail braids are elegant, intricate, and really pretty. Sure, they take longer to create than regular braids, but they’re definitely worth it! What’s great about fishtail braids is that they can be worn in a variety of ways, right from a braided ponytail to micro accent braids. However, before we tell you the different ways in which you can get creative with fishtail braids, let’s get you caught up on the basics of constructing a fishtail braid.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create these mermaid tail-like braids:

  1. Pull your hair into a ponytail at the name nape of your neck, and secure it with an elastic band that you can snip away with scissors at the end.
  2. Divide your ponytail into two even sections— unlike a regular braid that requires three sections, fishtail braids need only two.
  3. With your finger, separate a small section of your hair from the outer edge (near the elastic band) and cross it over to the other section of your ponytail. Tighten the braid, and repeat this with the other section of your ponytail.
  4. Continue the overlapping process until the braid is complete. Secure the braid with a hair tie, and carefully cut the elastic band with a pair of scissors.

Now that you know how to create a fishtail braid, here are 6 ways you can wear it:


Braided ponytail

Braided ponytail

This fishtail braid hairstyle is perfect for those days when you don’t feel like leaving your hair loose, but don’t want to style it in a regular braid or ponytail either. For this hairstyle, all you need to do is fasten your hair in a high ponytail, and construct a fishtail braid from the ponytail itself. Then, secure it with a thin hair tie.

French fishtail braid

If you’re looking for that perfect, pretty messy braid, this one is your best bet. Start off by French braiding your hair. When you reach the nape of your neck, switch to creating a fishtail braid. If you want to make the look more dramatic, you could clip in a cute hair accessory.

A high ponytail with an accent fishtail braid

This hairstyle is not only really simple to do, but also looks absolutely gorgeous! All you need to do is pull your hair back into a high ponytail, and then fasten it. Next, grab a small section of hair from the ponytail, and use it to create a thin fishtail braid. To make the look more whimsical, you could try creating the ponytail with tousled waves.


Halo braids

Halo braids

If you want to leave your hair loose, but also want to enjoy the beauty of a fishtail braid, then halo braids are the way to go! All you need to do is take a section of hair, turn it into a fishtail braid, twist it around your head, and secure it with a pin.

Mini fishtail braid

There’s no rule that says a fishtail braid is required to go all the way down. You can don this braid by braiding just a couple of inches of your hair from the nape of your neck and finishing it off with a hair tie. This look is nothing short of simple and pretty!

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