8 Ways to Create a Beautiful Fishtail Braid

It's easier than it looks, we promise.

Fishtail Braid Tutorial
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Of all the types of braids, the fishtail braid is one of the most intimidating. But worry not — it's way simpler than it seems. Allow these YouTube beauty gurus to show you how it's done.

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1 Classic Fishtail Braid

This beginner method goes through the fishtail braid basics. Watch YouTube personality Meghan Rienks take you step by step, including specific products like a super hold .


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2 French Fishtail Braid

Though some start their fishtails near the nape of the neck, this tutorial from Toni & Guy shows how to braid from the crown of the head. It's a dream hairstyle, from your roots to ends.


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3 Protective Fishtail Braid

For those with extensions or hair pieces for protective styles, try Joana's method to achieve a long and glamorous fishtail braid. The secret here? Keep detangling until your reach your ends!

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4 Double Dutch Fishtail Braid

Missy Sue's adorable style upgrades pigtails for adults. Copy her tutorial and secure the look with .



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5 Full Fishtail Braid

Can't decide if you want all of your hair up or down? Do a little bit of both with this beautiful braid from Alex Gaboury. The key with this end result is gently pulling your hair out of the braid for a fuller look.

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6 Fused Fishtail Braid

Here, the creator of the Silvousplaits YouTube page shows how her damp hair can transform into a dramatic, double-wide fishtail. It's subtle, yet makes a clear (not to mention, beautiful) statement.

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7 Twisted Fishtail Braid

For a more sophisticated updo without the salon price, try out this iteration of the popular braiding technique (secured with plenty of ) from . You'll be ready for a wedding or any formal event with this tutorial.


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8 Fishtail Braid for Short Hair

Though most tutorials tell us how to style with Rapunzel-length hair, Milabu breaks down how to create a crown braid with a bob. With three braids, she completely changes the look of her shoulder-length hair.


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