Hair Styles , Color Techniques
How to Do a Fishtail Braid in 5 Easy Steps
Still haven't learned how to do a fishtail braid? This step-by-step
fishtail braid tutorial will make you an expert -- instantly
This intricate-looking 'doo' might look intimidating. But it's important to remember that braiding is probably the simplest hair skill to master. All you really need is a pair of hands and a hair tie -- no hot tools or hair products necessary.
These fishtail braid instructions are easy to understand, and you only have to follow five simple steps. Plus, we've included clear, close-up photos.
Time to break out the elastics, stretch out your fingers, and get ready to unleash your inner hair stylist.
Step 1: Create a Ponytail
Gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck.
Use a throwaway elastic --
one that you can snip away with scissors at the end.
Step 2: Divide Your Ponytail
Next, split your ponytail evenly into two sections.
Unlike the classic plait, a fishtail braid only
requires two sections.
Step 3: Begin Weaving Use your finger to separate a small section of
your hair from the outer edge near the elastic and cross it over to the
opposite side (overlapping just like you would if you were doing a
standard braid). Re-grip your hair to tighten plait, still holding two
sections. Repeat with a small section from the other side.
Step 5: Finish Your Look Once you've woven your hair down to the
ends, secure the fishtail braid with another elastic. Then, use
scissors to carefully cut out the elastic at the base of your ponytail.
Finish your fishtail braid by gently tugging on your braid with your
fingers to loosen it for an effortless look. For a looser look just
seperate the braid from the sides to make an even sexier look.
Voila, you're done!
Hair how-to: 8 steps to a pretty heart braid
Even if the idea of handing out chocolates and teddy bears on Valentine's Day makes you roll your eyes, you can still get into the spirit with a pretty hairstyle! This heart-shaped braid is a fun twist on your average French pigtails, and it's perfect for February 14—or anytime you want to get a little girly with your look. Creating the perfect curve can take some practice, so you may want to try the style on your friend's hair first. Keep reading for the short step-by-step tutorial!
1. Create a center part. If your hair is super clean and shiny, you might want to spray on some dry shampoo to give it texture, which will make braiding easier!
2. Using a rattail comb, start at the back of your part and draw a curved line that ends just behind your ear. This will be your guide for one side of the heart.
3. Clip the rest of your hair back and out of the way. Repeat on the other side of your head.
4. Starting at the crown of your head, begin a tiny reverse French braid, only picking up hair from the outside of the heart shape. Stay close to the curved part you created as you braid!
5. Once you get behind your ear, unclip the back section, and start joining that hair into the braid.
6. Continue French braiding down to the nape of your neck; then clip that section to the side and repeat steps 4-6 on the other side of your head. If you created the curved parts evenly at the start, it will be easy to get both sides of the heart symmetrical!
7. Pull both braids to the center of your neck, and secure. We like the ponytail look, but you can also try a low bun or bigger braid!
8. Gently tug at the sections of your braid to make them look thicker and more tousled. Lightly spritz with hairspray to get rid of any frizzies.
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This is a method for styling curly hair, while wet, in order to control frizz and form the curl into ringlet curls or any other curl, wave.
This technique will work particularly well for long or short hair that has curl. Particularly curls that do not cooperate with the other curls in the same neighborhood, your head!
How does it work?
First, ensure that your hair is very wet and completely free of tangles.
Next, take a section of hair – as thick or as thin as you would like the ringlet-curl to be and finger comb through to ensure that the section is tangle free.
Then apply either gel, or any type of styling cream by smoothing and finger combing the product through the length of the section.
Then take the section of hair, close to the root, and begin twisting it around your finger – forming the curl. As you twist, slide the finger and thumb down the length toward the ends but stop when you get to the ends of the hair. Gently hold the twisted curl between your thumb and index finger and ‘twist’ the curl in the direction of the twist and then gently let the curl go.
Repeat the process, taking as many sections as you wish – over the whole head or just specific sections where you want more defined curls.
Allow the hair to air dry, or use a diffuser with a hair dryer.
Why should I use this technique?
It’s a great way to get more uniform curls.
You can change the direction of your natural curl pattern using this technique. So if you are frustrated with certain sections of your hair, where the curl does not lie how you would like for example, then this could be the technique for you.
The technique will give you more defined curls.
It can help smooth the hair shaft and help control frizz.
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1. Blow dry your hair away from your face. Our stylist uses a boar bristle brsushand a blow dryer with a nozzle to help focus the air and brush her hair away from her face to get it all going in the right direction.
2. Create a bend in your hair with a curling iron. You don't want a full-on curl for this style — just a little wave. "So, what I do to get this look usually is wrap pieces of hair in sections of different sizes around a two-inch barrel curling iron for a just second to give it a bit of a bend," Jennifer says. (One of the owners of the salon)
3. Apply a texturizing cream. Scoop out a dime-size amount of texturizing cream with your fingers and spread it evenly onto both hands, warming it between your palms first. Then, rake your hair back away from your face lightly using your fingertips to give the hair a little hold. Jennifer used Pureology Nourishing Necter gel
4. Twist the tail. Pull your hair back in a low pony, and then twist the tail around your thumb until your hair is tight and close to your head.
5. Pin the twist. Take a few U-pins and secure the twist flat to the scalp. Be sure to pin it along the rolled side, and don't worry about the strands peeking out of the bottom of the twist — that's what gives this style the cool-girl effect.
6. Continue pinning until it's secure along the rolled side.
Voila! You're done and you look amazing!