Chain Link Ribbon Fishtail Braid

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Chain Link Fishtail Braid tutorial - this is a little tricky to do but looks amazing!  Great tutorial

I first saw this chain link ribbon fishtail braid style done by Mirjam of IG @cute_and_glossy.  I fell in love with it!  It was so intricate and beautiful.  You can see her picture below and I’m sure you can see from looking at it just why I loved it so!

Chain Link Ribbon Fishtail Braid by Cute and Glossy

I decided to try guessing how she did it and tried to recreate it on Memorial day with this pretty patriotic ribbon (my absolute favorite thing about ribbon braids is matching ribbon to occasions and outfits!).  When I did it, it turned out different that Mirjam’s original style.   However, I loved it anyway.  Since I had a few requests for a tutorial on how I did my version, that’s the way that I’m teaching it today.  I need to go give Mirjam’s another try someday though, it’s truly beautiful that way too!

Chain link ribbon fishtail braid - pretty with this ribbon for the 4th of July or Memorial day!

This is probably the most advanced style that I have taught to date.  Have some patience and give it a try though (or a couple of tries!).  Once you get it down, I think you will love the results!

How to do a Chain Link Fishtail Braid

Tools you will need: hairbrush, ribbon (a little longer than hair length), clear elastic, hairspray

Time to complete:  15-25 minutes depending on length of hair

Skill Level:  Hard

Step 1.  Begin by picking up a small section of hair in the center and tying a piece of ribbon onto it.  Divide it into two equal sections then add some additional hair to each section. These pieces of hair will remain in the center and be your chain link pieces. To star, cross the pieces over each other and drop the ribbon down through the center to hang, pulling those two chain link hair pieces up.  Because these pieces are divided by a piece of ribbon, you can hold them together and you’ll be able to separate them again later.

Step 2.  Now to begin the braid, pick up a section of hair on the left and a section of hair on the right, these will be our fishtail pieces. Pull out any hair that you would like left out by the face to frame it.

Step 3.  Take a small section of hair from the outer edge of your left piece and cross it under that section, under the two chain link center hair pieces, and join it to the inner edge of your right section of hair. Now take a small section of hair from the outer edge of your right piece, cross it under that section and under the two chain link hair pieces, and join it to the inner edge of your left section of hair.

Step 4.  In the center, drop the two chain link hair pieces straight down and pull the ribbon up through the center and hold the ribbon up while those pieces of hair hang down.  As you go, during this step you can gently pull on that piece of ribbon to cinch the braid up and keep it tight.

Step 5.  Now for the next stitch of our fishtail braid, take a small piece from the left section, cross it under the left section, under the ribbon and join it to the inner side of the right section. Pick up additional hair to add into the braid, crossing it under the left section, under the ribbon and joining it to the inner side of the right section.  Then take a small piece from the right section, cross it under the right section, under the ribbon, and join to the inner edge of the left section. Pick up a section of hair to add in, bring it under the right section, under the ribbon, and join it to the left section.

Step 6.  In the center, take the two chain link hair pieces and cross them over each other while they are below THEN drop the ribbon through the center and pull them up on either side of the ribbon, holding them up for the next stitch and letting the ribbon hang.

Step 7.   Take a small piece from the left section, cross it under the left section, under the two chain link hair pieces and join it to the inner side of the right section. Pick up additional hair to add into the braid, crossing it under the left section, under the chain link hair pieces and joining it to the inner side of the right section.  Then take a small piece from the right section, cross it under the right section, under the chain link hair pieces, and join to the inner edge of the left section. Pick up a section of hair to add in, bring it under the right section, under the chain link hair pieces, and join it to the left section.

Step 8.  In the center, drop the two chain link hair pieces straight down and pull the ribbon up through the center and hold the ribbon up while those pieces of hair hang down.  Gently pull on that piece of ribbon to cinch the braid up and keep it tight.

Step 9.  Repeat Steps 5-8 until you run out of hair to add in or are done with the braid.  It is just like doing a Dutch fishtail braid, but every stitch you need to switch up your middle chain link strands. It’s important to make sure that you are crossing those strands over each other before you drop the ribbon down between them or the braid won’t look quite as good.   When you run out of hair to add in, just continue with the pattern, taking small pieces of hair from the outer part of each section and crossing them under as you go.  When you are done, secure the braid with a clear elastic.

Step 10. Go along the edge of your braid and gently pinch and pull on the edges of it to pancake it and make it look more full and fluffy.  You can finish with hairspray if you like.

SIMPLIFY THE BRAID TIP:  If you find it challenging to keep those center chain link pieces straight, a great option would be to braid those pieces each into a 3 strand braid to start. You can learn the technique more easily then and still end up with a great looking style.

That’s it!  You’re done with the style.

Love this gorgeous chain link fishtail braid!  Such a pretty and different looking hairstyle Stunning chain link fishtail braid!  Love how different looking this is.  Great tutorial!

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