Day 6 – Fishtail Braid

Fishtail braid tutorials - I love all these variations! Great collection of tutorials and fishtail braid inspiration

It’s day 6 0f the 30 Day Braiding Challenge – 30 Days of New Braids!

Today’s challenge is the fishtail braid.  The fishtail braid has been around forever, but I only learned how to do it last year.

Confession time – I hated the fishtail braid!  Well, I loved it… I loved how it looked.  But doing it?  I hated it. 

It took me forever to do and when I was done, my braid was crooked and weird looking!  It makes me giggle a little to type this now, but that’s where I was at only a few months ago.  One day I determined to master it though.  I was sick of being frustrated and avoiding it.  So I practiced on my cosmetology mannequin head that I’d ordered (which honestly is really freaky looking to have laying around the house – but is awesome to have!) and then I practiced some more. 

I practiced my fishtail until I had it down!  I got faster as I went and I figured out what I had been doing wrong that made it look funny.  And then I filmed a tutorial to share with you what I had learned.

Anyway, on with the challenge!!

The Technique


Here is my tutorial on the fishtail braid, perfect for learning and troubleshooting your technique.  You can find my original post on it here.

DIY Tutorial

DIY Side Fishtail Braid tutorial by The Beauty Department.


Additional Ways to Use the Technique


DIY French Fishtail Braid tutorial by Braidsandstyles12.  She has a bunch of other great fishtail braid tutorials that you can check out here.


Reverse (or Inverse) Fishtail Braid tutorial by Cute Girls Hairstyles.    I think this way is just a little easier and holds a bit better than a regular fishtail!


Dutch Fishtail Braid tutorial by Missy Sue.  This is so soft and beautiful, I love it!  (If you are having a hard time picturing this technique on a younger girl, you can check out Princess Hairstyle’s tutorial for the Dutch fishtail braid here).  Missy Sue has a bunch of other great tutorials featuring fishtail braids that you can find here.
3 Fishtail braid variations - Princess Hairstyles And finally, I just HAVE to share these variations of the fishtail braid.  These are so coo and uniquel!  Princess Hairstyles has a tutorial for each (from left to right):  The 3 Strand Fishtail Braid, The Twisted Edge Fishtail Braid, and The Woven Fishtail Braid. 
There are endless ways that you can incorporate any one of these fishtail braid variations into your hairstyle.  (We could have a 30 Day Fishtail Braiding Challenge, there are so many!)  I would love to see how YOU style your fishtail today!  You can share a photo on my Facebook page, tag me in a photo on Instagram – @hair_by_lori or just use the hashtags #30DaysNewBraids #30DNBDay6.
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#30DaysNewBraids Favorites – More Braid Inspiration

I’ve gone back through all of the styles on Instagram that were done and tagged#30DNBDay6 as well as all the styles shared on my FB page and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.  Check out these fishtail braid hairstyles!

Fishtail braid ideas! These are so creative and beautiful!  

From top to bottom, left to right:

  1. Fishtail and Dutch braid combo by IG @flettemaria
  2. Two lace 4 strand braids into inverse fishtail braids by IG @hairstyles_by_shannon
  3. Fishtail braid updo by IG @braidsbykatie
  4. Dutch braid and French fishtail braid by IG @tay_hair_styles
  5. Fishtail braid and messy bun style by IG @cute_and_glossy
  6. Half up fishtail braid by IG @braided_to_infinity
  7. French fishtail accent to messy bun by IG @hairstyles_by_rowena
  8. 4 strand braids into fishtail braids by IG @jennishairdays
  9. Stacked fishtail braid by IG @ashton_hairstyles

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