DIY Messy Fishtail Braid Wedding Hairstyles


The fishtail braid is by far our favorite go-to hairstyle. It’s so unique, elegant, and super flexible. You can do a really tight, sophisticated braid, or you can mess with your braid a little bit to create a more casual, messy style. We worked with Christian Marc and Temptu to create this tutorial to show you how to create a perfectly styled, undone fishtail braid. We’d love to see a bride wear this with a more flowy, grecian style gown or even with a very structured modern dress to create a little contrast. Keep reading for the full instructions.

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1. Start by pulling back clean, dry hair, and braid the upper half with a loose traditional braid.

2. Take a couple of pieces and pull them around the braid and pin with bobby pins to create a little texture at the top of the pony tail. Play with it a little bit until you’re happy with the way it looks. The messier, the better.

3. Take the remaining hair and use a fishtail style braid to finish the pony tail.

4. Create a messy look throughout the pony tail by pulling at the braid to loosen it up.

5. Secure the bottom of the braid with a small, clear rubber band or bobby pins.

6. Finish your new messy fishtail braid with our DIY Natural Bridal Makeup or our Elegant Evening Makeup look.

Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Makeup: Amy Clarke for Temptu | Hair: Christian Marc 

8 Responses to “DIY Messy Fishtail Braid Wedding Hairstyles”

  1. Amy L.

    It’s kind of hard to understand.

    Does the fishtail intertwine with the braid or does the fishtail braid just sit on top of the regular braid?

    • Mary McLeod

      Hi! Sorry if the instructions are confusing, you sort of tie a knot at the top of the ponytail, and then fishtail braid the rest of the pony.

      • Heidi

        Love this! I guess I’m wondering the same thing though, but didn’t understand the answer. Do you intertwine the fish braid/rest of the pony with the original braid? Or is the fish braid on top of the regular braid and wrapped around that?


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