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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1Classic 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 .
2French 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.
3Protective 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!
4Double Dutch Fishtail Braid
Missy Sue's adorable style upgrades pigtails for adults. Copy her tutorial and secure the look with .
5Full 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.
6Fused 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.
7Twisted 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.
8Fishtail 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.
Blake BakkilaAssociate EditorBlake is the Associate Editor for GoodHousekeeping.com covering beauty, celebrity, holiday entertaining, and other lifestyle news.