The fishtail braid is almost iconic at this point — especially for Free People. From catalogs, to our videos, to the pages of the FP Me style pic gallery, everyone loves to see a good fishtail. Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to this hairstyle, and one thing always seems to hold me be back from wearing my hair like this… time.
I wish there was more of it, but that’s life, right? I have a lot of hair, so it takes several minutes for me to perfect a fishtail braid if I choose to do one, minutes that I don’t always have. That’s why I normally just leave my mane to fend for itself, but this new trick that I learned may just change all that. It’s the fastest way to get the look of a fishtail braid without actually doing one, and the result is absolutely beautiful. So, how does one work such magic? Let me show you:
Pull your hair back into a low pony. Use a tiny rubber elastic that blends in with the color of your hair.
Split the hair in half just above the elastic.
Loop the hair up and push the pony through the opening (remember this from childhood?).
Use another rubber elastic to section off more hair just below the first.
Make the same split as you did in step two.
Repeat step three and loop the hair up again and push it through the opening.
Create one more section in the pony using a third rubber elastic.
Once again, loop the end of the pony through the opening.
Voila! A faux-fishtail braid! How cool does this look? And so simple! Add in a head piece or other hair accessories to finish off the look. I love how soft and romantic it can look… perfect for a date night or Valentine’s Day!
You can do a lot of variations of this hairstyle, so have fun and get creative!