Fishtail Christmas Tree Braid

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Video Tutorial: The Fishtail Christmas Tree BraidThis post is part of my 12 Braids of Christmas series – be sure to check out all the festive styles in this series!

If you are new to my blog and you didn’t already know – I am really into my Christmas hairstyles!  I love thinking about different braiding techniques and then thinking about how I can use that to make a Christmas tree.  These styles would be a bit ridiculous any other time of the year – but at Christmas?  They are festive, fun and beautiful! 

Today’s Fishtail Christmas Tree Braid is one of my favorites that I’ve done!  The puffiness of the style, the way the ribbon falls, the whole thing just works together perfectly to give us a beautiful Christmas tree hairstyle.

Supplies you’ll need: hairbrush,  a few hair elastics, green ribbon (1/8” to 1/4” thick), star for the top of your tree

Time: 10 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Step 1.  Begin by taking a hair elastic and tying 8 pieces of ribbon around it so that there is an equal amount of ribbon on each side. Each piece should be about 2 to 2 1/2 feet long.  If you don’t have enough ribbon to do all 8 pieces, you could do with 6.

Step 2.  Pull the hair half up using the elastic with ribbon tied on to secure it, be sure the ribbon hangs down underneath the hair. 

Step 3.  Temporarily secure the remainder of hair that is hanging down out of the way.

Step 4.  Take the hair from the top ponytail and divide that into two sections along with the ribbon that is hanging underneath (you should have an equal amount of ribbon in each section).

Step 5.  Take one piece of ribbon from the right section, cross it over the left section – pick up a tiny section of hair from the outer edge of the left section – then bring that ribbon and piece of hair down under the left section and combine it with the middle edge of the right section.

Step 6.  Repeat step 5 on the other side.

Step 7.  Now that the braid has been started, you will be doing an inverse fishtail braid.  Alternating sides, take a small section of hair from the outer edge along with a piece of ribbon and bring it under that side and combine it with the center of the other side.  Repeat this process until you get down to a couple of inches above the nape of the neck.

Step 8.  While securely holding the braid in one hand, gently go back along the edge of your braid with the other hand and pull the ribbon to form your Christmas tree shape – you want to pull it out more at the bottom and leave the top ribbon more tight. 

Step 9.  Secure the braid with an elastic.  Go back and pull on the ribbon some more until you’re happy with the Christmas tree shape that you’ve formed.

Step 10.  Let down the hair that you had secured out of the way in step 3.

You can leave it as a half up hairstyle if you like, either with straight hair or you can curl the hair that’s hanging down.  If you need to have the hair pulled back all the way because of school, sports, or personal preference – take and pull the remaining hair so that it forms a low ponytail at the base of the fishtail Christmas tree braid and secure it with an elastic.

Video Tutorial: The Fishtail Christmas Tree Braid

Fishtail Christmas Tree Braid ponytail - this is so pretty and festive!! Great tutorial

Fishtail Christmas Tree Braid - this is beautiful, fun and festive! Great holiday hairstyle!

I hope that you love this Fishtail Christmas Tree Braid as much as I do and will give it a try!  If you try it and want to share, I’d love to see how it turns out for you.  You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use the hashtag #HBLFishtailChristmasTree –  if you use the hashtag, it might end up featured here on my page.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see!

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you’ll come back soon!

Other posts you may like:

12 Braids of Christmas 1 The Accent Christmas Tree Braid tutorial The Loop Braid Christmas Tree

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