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.

3 Tips for a Perfect Short Hairstyle

November 1, 2010 at 9:30 am , by

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I used to dream of having a long, flowing mane, but fate had other plans. I’ve learned to accept and adore my above the shoulder locks, and now celebs like Ginnifer Goodwin and Keira Knightley are embracing a short-stranded look, too. Here are my top three short-hairstyle tips:

  1. The right cut matters. Whether you want a shoulder grazing bob or a dramatic pixie, your cut should be tailored to your face shape and features. “The pixie cut is great because it’s a classic cut that can be tweaked and styled according to your mood, your outfit, or your personality,” says Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner/lead stylist of SalonCapri.
  2. Shine is key. With less hair to distract the eye, it’s important to make sure your strands look as healthy as possible. Penna suggests using thermal protection products when styling and finishing with a spritz or two of shine spray (try: Pantene Heat Protection & Shine Spray).
  3. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! No matter the length, hair accessories can emphasize your entire look.  Go ahead, show off your new pixie cut with a jeweled headband, add some glamour to your bob with sparkly hairpins, or use a pretty clip for a simple updo.

How do you ensure your short hairstyle is the talk of the town, or at least the office?