Fishtail Braid

Fishtail braid tutorial!

This fish bone braid has many different names – also called a fishbone braid, a fish bone braid, or a herring braid.

Regardless of what you call it, this page includes pictures and a video to help you how to do it!

Despite the complex look, you only braid the hair with two piece of hair at a time.

Because you take up such small sections, this is one of the most time consuming braids out there.

A Fishtail Braid with loose ends

You’ll Need:

Ponytail holder
Rat-Tail comb
Hair brush

WARNING! I mixed up my left and right in this video for some reason, sorry about that!

You’ll need to start with detangled, moisturized hair for this braid.

Step One. Make a neat part down the middle of your hair, starting at the forehead. Beginning on the right side of your part at your forehead, twist a one-inch section of hair away from your face.

Step Two. Using a comb, separate a 1/2-inch section right below the first section along your face and twist that piece away from your face, adding it to the first piece.


Close up of the braided headband

Step Three. Continue adding 1/2-inch pieces along your hairline down to your neck. Use a clip or a bobby pin to hold the hair in place at the nape of your neck.

Step Four. Repeat the twisting on the left side, starting at your forehead.

Step Five. When you reach the nape of your neck, unclip the right side and hold both the left and right sides in two separate sections.

Step Six. Pull a 1/2-inch section of hair from the right section and add it to the left section. Repeat with a piece from the left section, adding it to the right section.

Step Seven. Kept adding 1/2-inch pieces down to the end of the hair and secure with a ponytail holder.

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