This wrapped French fishtail braid was so highly requested on my social media after I posted a photo of Gracie wearing this style. It’s elegant and sophisticated. I think this one would work great for any age! I also love that it works on Gracie’s short hair, but it would work equally well on longer hair.
How to do a Wrapped French Fishtail Braid
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Note: As you do this braid, be sure to pull the hair in the direction that we want this style to go, so that it will end up at the bottom left side of the head.
Step 2. Pick up a section of hair from the top. Divide that hair into two equal sized sections. Take a small section of hair from the outer edge of the left side and bring it over, joining it to the inner edge of the right section. Now take a small section of hair from the outer edge of the right side, bring it over, joining it to the inner edge of the left side.
Step 3. On the left again take a small section from the outer edge and cross it over to join the inner edge of the right side. We are going to start adding hair in as we go. From just under the left side of your braid, pick up a small section of hair. Cross that over the left side of your braid and join it to the inner edge of your right side.
Step 4. Repeat this on the other side, taking a small section and crossing it over to the inner edge of the left side. Then go under that and pick up a new section of hair. Cross that over the right side of the braid and join it at the inner edge of your left section.
Step 5. Now just repeat steps 3 & 4 all the way down, being sure that you are pulling your braid at the angle you want so that it ends up off to the side of the back of her neck. As I do this style, I am braiding very small sections of hair. This gives me a more intricate look, but it does take longer to do. If you want to, you can use larger pieces of hair. Just be careful that you don’t take TOO large of pieces of hair in or it will look more like a regular French braid and not a fishtail braid.
Step 6. After you run out of hair to add into the braid, continue braiding out a few stitches of a fishtail braid and then secure it with an elastic.
Step 7. Let down the section of hair on the right. Smooth it out with a brush or your fingers. You may want to use some spray wax or hairspray to give you a smooth finish. Twist the hair in toward the braid. I secured mine with an elastic here to help hold her short hairs up in the style, but you could skip this on longer hair. Cross that hair over the braid, wrap the end down under, and then secure the hair together with an elastic. (You may need to take a bobby pin or two here under the bottom to get that section of hair to lay nicely.)
Step 8. Take the left section of hair. Twist that section in toward the braid, then wrap it over and under the ponytail. Hold it in place and then secure it to the ponytail with another elastic.
Step 9. Gently brush the hair with your fingers as needed to cover any visible part lines and then you may want to finish with hairspray.
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