Fishtail 101

French Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

I’ve really been digging fishtail braids lately. So today I thought I would share some of the different types of fishtail braids and a tutorial for each one! Not only are these super cute on their own, but also in other hairstyles. You can check out some of my tutorials including fishtails here.

Before we start I just want to mention that you can always leave your braids tight if that the look you are into. I’m personally just into loose and messy braids, so those are the braids I do! You  can learn how I achieve big voluminous braids here!

If you get confused, try checking out my YouTube videos on the braiding basics and my holiday hair tutorial, both include fishtails similar to these ones.

Now lets begin!

REGULAR FISHTAIL

This is simply your classic fishtail!

Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

  1. Start by dividing your hair into two even sections.

 

Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

2. For a fishtail you simply cross a small section of hair from one side to the other, like in the pictures above. Remember to alternate which side you are crossing over.

 

Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

3. Continue this process all the way down the hair. This is how things should be looking so far.

 

Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

4. Once you reach the bottom of the hair tie off the braid and loosen it up to add some volume!

 

INVERTED / DUTCH FISHTAIL

This braid is similar to a french fishtail (keep scrolling for that one), just inverted or flipped to give it more volume. It is most often used in other looks and not just by itself. But, to keep things simple I will be showing it to you alone!

Inverted / Dutch Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

  1. Start with a small section at the crown of your head and splitting it in two.

 

Inverted / Dutch Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

2. Then we start with the same process as a regular fishtail, except placing the small section underneath instead of over. Again, remember to alternate which sides you are crossing under.

Inverted / Dutch Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

3. Once you have crossed over the first two pieces, you will then start adding in small sections of hair. For this, you will cross the section, then take a piece from the side you originally came from and cross it under with the piece you just crossed.

 

Inverted / Dutch Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

4. You will then repeat that until all the hair is added in.

 

Inverted / Dutch Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

5. Continue with an inverted fishtail (pieces under, not over) until you reach the bottom of you hair. Tie off your braid and pull apart to add volume.

FRENCH FISHTAIL

This is your classic french fishtail, kind of like a mix of the first two braids.

Inverted / Dutch Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

  1. Again, start by making a small section on the crown of your head and splitting it in two.

 

French Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

2. Start with a regular fishtail, crossing small strands over to the other section. 

 

French Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

3. You will then start adding in small sections of hair with every piece you cross over. For example, you cross a section from the left to the right, then add a piece from the left and cross it to the right with the other.

 

French Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

4. Continue step 3 until all of your hair is added in and then continue with a regular fishtail.

 

French Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

5. Finally, tie off your braid and loosen it up.

That’s all for today, I hope you found this helpful! Remember to share your recreations with me on Instagram.

Thanks for reading!

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Fishtail Tutorial | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    Bryn Bradsher
    May 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I have never been able to master a fishtail braid! I will have to try again now! These styles are gorgeous!

    xo Bryn
    http://www.waketonroad.com

    1. Reply
      Hannah
      June 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks for reading Bryn, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! If you try one of these styles let me know. I’d love to see your recreations!

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