How To: Create a Fishtail Braid (Without Actually Creating a Fishtail Braid)

June 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm , by


The unofficial start of summer was Memorial Day (yay!), and with that comes a season full of ponytails and plaits–anything to keep cool. But if you’re like us, the basic pony and regular braid can get boring after, ohhhhhhh, the 27th straight day of wearing them. Enter this fancy fishtail number. It’s cute, right? We thought that since we have two left uncoordinated thumbs that we’d never-in-this-lifetime be able to pull this style off. As it turns out it isn’t a REAL fishtail braid. In fact, it isn’t a braid at all.

According to Nick Penna Jr., owner and stylist at SalonCapri in Boston, the natural, carefree, and minimalist ‘do looks WAY more difficult than it actually is. Here’s how to fake a fishtail…

STEP 1: Begin with unwashed, un-brushed hair, and use the end of a rattail comb to create a part down the middle of your head.

STEP 2: Separate hair into two sections and begin twisting the ends toward the center of your head.

STEP 3: Secure the end of the twists together with a clear elastic.

STEP 4: Use a few bobby pins to “seal” the twists together. Insert one vertically at the top of the twists and one in the middle.