Fishtail Braid Hair Tutorial


This fishtail braid hair tutorial is the 3rd tutorial in our 4 part braid series from the lovely Jesse of Our Labor of LoveAlison Brislin, and Kelly Shew. I remember being young and asking my mom to put my hair in a fishtail braid, so I’m excited to have a little guide to use on my own little girl now!


Fishtail Braid Tutorial

1. Backcomb/tease the crown of your head.  This makes the hair “sticky” for starting the fishtail.

2. Gather a small handful of hair from the back center of the head and separate the hair into two sections.

3. + 4. Take a small strand of hair from the right section, pull it back and cross it over to join the left hair section.

5. + 6. Take a small strand of hair from the left section, pull it back and cross it over to join the right hair section.

7. Repeat these steps all the way down the back of the head.  Continue throughout the “tail”.

8. Secure with hair tie. Fishtails looks beautiful a little disheveled.  To achieve this look gently pull apart/loosen the braid.  It’s ok if it’s uneven or little pieces falls out.  Gives the fishtail a youthful, messy ease.

Extra Tips

– You should brush your hair before braiding.  Knots and tangles make it hard for the person braiding your hair.  Might also hurt a little bit!

– Part on your natural side.  Adjust instructions according to your part.

– Day old hair is best.  A little grit is good for braids as they hold-up better. Clean hair is too slippery.

– These tutorials are written for someone to braid your hair, not intended for self-braiders.  Unless you are really clever and talented!

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew

To see more ideas for wedding hairstyles for long hair, check out french braid bun and waterfall braid!

19 Responses to “Fishtail Braid Hair Tutorial”

    • Linda

      Yes, it just takes a little practice. I also braid my hair when it is slightly wet. This seems to work best for me.l

      • Lori

        Linda, if you can do a traditional french braid on your own hair, you should be able to do a fish tail, with a little practice.

  1. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz

    Thank you very much. It looks lovely. I have long red hair and try to do a different braid each week. I look for instructions on line mostly. Thank you. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz

  2. jaja

    i really love braiding my hair, and this tutorial help me to discover another kind of braid

  3. barbara

    i used to french braid my girls hair alot and i think i did a back word french braid it looked just like this fish tail i love doing all the girls hair . thanks for the info. Barbara from dallas tx.

  4. Stan

    “Take a small strand of hair from the right section, pull it back and cross it over to join the left hair section.”

    That’s it? The other words up there say next to nothing, and that one sentence is basically all the instructions. The pictures would be helpful, if there were instructions more than pull some hair from one section to another section.

    Was looking to find a different way to braid my daughters hair this morning since I have been taking her to daycare this week. My search goes on…

    • Stan

      I guess I just don’t know enough about hair to do it. These instructions are probably good for other people.


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