How To Fishtail Braid

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Fishtail braid on celebrities Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Angela SimmonsMove beyond the basic plait with a fishtail braid. Stylist Tommy Bucket explains how to wear the hairstyle, like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Angela Simmons have already done (watch a video tutorial below!)

STEP 1

Separate hair into two equal sections at the back of the head. Fishtail braiding requires only two sections (not three, like a classic or French braid).

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STEP 2

Start the fishtail braid by holding the right section with your right hand. Then, using your left hand, pick up a small chunk (a half-inch) of hair from the outside of the left section and cross it over to the inside of the right section.

(Hint: Try picking the hair up from the area near the base of your ear. It’s important to pull sections from underneath when you cross over to get that scaly look.)

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STEP 3

Repeat on the other side: Hold the left section in your left hand. Use your right hand to pick up a half-inch of hair from the outer right section and cross it over to the inside of the left section.

STEP 4

Continue adding small sections and crossing them over until you reach the ends of your hair, and secure with an elastic. Pull on the braid a bit to loosen it.

“And don’t worry if layers start to fall out of the braid,” Bucket says. “It gives the look a pretty, effortless feel. Don’t put pressure on yourself to make it perfect. If there’s a bump or a knot, leave it.”

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