Hail the Fishtail Braid!

Elaborate and time consuming to do? This actually isn’t true! The fishtail braid is easy to do and adds to a beautiful you!

If you have been following my recent fashion/style blog posts (thank you!), then you know that I am demonstrating how to structure the three most popular hair braids: the three strand braid, the French braid and the fishtail braid.

Today, the fishtail!

The fishtail braid, also known as the herringbone braid or the fishbone braid, gets its name as the style and technique of the finished braid resembles the looks and the placements of the gills and bones that make up a fish tail.

This trend of hairstyle is simple to master, and the alluring fishtail braid radiates a vibe that appears as if you spent hours styling your hair!


The look of the fishtail braid is so unique, yet so sporty, that the braid is an ideal way to wear your hair, whether you are going dancing on a dress up night on the town, or merely spending the day in an open lake or ocean, fishing your day away!


Steps to Structure the Fishtail Braid:

  1. Divide your hair into two sections, parting the hair straight down the middle (makes a right and a left section).
  2. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Now pull this same strand of  hair over the top of the left section, and grasp the same strand of hair under the right section (the strand of hair has gone over the left section and finishes under the right section). Try to use the same thickness of hair for each strand throughout the braid, or the braid may look uneven.
  3. Repeat step two, in the opposite way, going from the right section to the left section. Pull a strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull the strand over the right section, and then weave the same strand of hair under the left section.
  4. Keep alternating this same movement with the hair strands (left to right, right to left, left to right, right to left…over and under, over and under) until you reach the bottom of the braid.
  5. Tie the end of the braid off with a hair bobble or an elastic band to ensure that the braid doesn’t unravel.
  6. Add a cute ribbon, bow or hair accessory charm over the elastic band to add your own personality to the braid.



Fishtail Braid Fun Fact: If you complete a fishtail braid and the braid is too tight, there is no need to undo the entire braid and start over. Merely use your fingers to massage into the strands and the braid will loosen. Don’t massage too harshly, or you will frizz out the strands!

In addition to wearing your fishtail braid(s) straight down. doing fun experiments with the braids, such as placing them over your head, or adding colored highlights to your hair, adds to the electrifying vibration of the fishtail braid!



Fishtail Braid Fun Fact: For a more intricate braid, use skinnier strands. The smaller strands take more effort to complete the fishtail braid hairstyle, but the finished look is gorgeous!

Do you wish that your hair stood out from the rest? Fulfill your wish with the fishtail!


Hail the Fishtail!

How to measure the scale of the fishtail? A “10”!


The fishtail braid: a self-made braid!

A fishtail never looked so good!

The fishtail braid is sensual, sporty, sassy and sexy!

I render that you will be weaving your way to fishtail splendor!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her lifelong passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at http://www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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