Box {4-sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braid Ideas

September 01, 2013

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I do get a ton of emails every day, and although it is impossible to respond to them all… I want you to know that I read each and every one!

Just a few weeks ago, a fan, Kendra from Canada, submitted a hairstyle photo of her own creation and it BLEW my mind!

Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute BraidsWe think this braided hairstyle will be a big hit with our fans, because it is so unique and you can do so much with it!  We wanted to be sure to credit Kendra here!

Yes, this is a fishtail braid… however it is a fishtail braid on FOUR sides of the ponytail!

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The front and back of the braid have a regular fishtail pattern, while the right and left sides have a reverse fishtail pattern!  {Watch the braid closely when I spin Brooklyn around in the chair at the end to see the cool effect!}

Here you can learn how to fishtail braid.
Here you can learn how to reverse fishtail braid.

To recreate this look, you combine alternating double stitches of a fishtail braid with a reverse fishtail.  The step-by-step directions are below.

You can also use this Box Fishtail braid hairstyle in a beautiful updo by simply twisting the braid up into itself.  This will create a magnificent-looking bun that your friends will be seriously fawning over!

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The ponytail version of this braid is perfect for sports, cheer, or every day wearing.  The bun version of this hairstyle would be perfect for ballet, a wedding, Homecoming, Prom, or any other occasion!

You’ll LOVE this braid hairstyle as you receive compliments all day long!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 hair band/ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 1 bobby pin, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium {only because it is time consuming and your arms get tired!}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair and securing it into a high ponytail with a hair band…
  2. Now, divide the ponytail into two large strands…
  3. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it over that strand and add it to the inside of the right strand…
  4. Next, take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it over the that strand and add it to the inside of the left strand {this completes the first full stitch of a regular fishtail braid}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3 & 4 to create a second complete stitch of a fishtail braid…
  6. Now, take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it under the that strand, and add it to the inside of the right section…
  7. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it under that strand, and add it to the inside of the left section {you have just created one complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid}…
  8. Repeat Steps #6 & 7 to create a second complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid. {Please make sure that when you add the pieces to the middle, that they stay in the middle. You do not want these pieces migrating to the outside and being used too soon or the fishtail pattern will not look correct.}
  9. Repeat Steps #3-8 by creating alternating two regular fishtail stitches, and then two reverse fishtail stitches, over and over again until you run out of hair…
  10. When you reach the end of the braid, secure the hair ends with an elastic.
  11. You may choose to wrap a small strand of hair around the elastic to hide it, by using a bobby pin.
  12. {Optional: Gently twist the braid until it wraps around itself to create a very beautiful and intriguing braided bun.}
  13. Add hairspray and accessories as needed.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this new hairstyle!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, this week my daughter Bailey uploaded a Football Nail Art tutorial in honor of the American football season kickoff! I thought she did a fabulous job, and is getting to be a natural in front of the camera! What do you think?

24 thoughts on “Box {4-sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braid Ideas

  1. I love you guys so much. If I want a hairstyle I always go to you. I’ve been obssessiong over you guys so much. Your Children are so beautiful. That might sound werid coming from a 13 year old but I thought u should know that. I’ve been recomending u guys to all of my friends and they love you. I hope one day I wll get to meet u all. Thank you listing to my letter and hope you keep making wonderful videos. I almost learned all 342 hairstyles I know from u guys.

  2. hi Mindy please do a hairstyle that you can do on your self which is easy because I’m only ten years old(I’m nearly 11)p.s please do a little clip of this years Halloween at the end of a video

  3. Mindy I just love all the hairstyles that you make on your daughters.Wish i had so much talent as you.You always do good hairstyles.

  4. Wow that’s so amazing I like your hair styles mindy I will be waiting for your new hairstyles I’m going to do it thank you very much

  5. I LOVE your hairstyles you do!! I love doing them on my friends or cousins. I have a request…
    I like the 5 stranded braid, I figured out a way to do a french 5 stranded braid. you do the same thing except add hair to the outside strands. u don’t have to do it though. Love the website : )

  6. Hi, I did my 11 yr. old daughter’s hair with this braid for school. It turned out so cute and was still good to go to cheer practice in the afternoon and we had people asking how to do it. I love all the styles! Being a stylist, I’m always looking for new and creative tips. Keep up the great ideas!

  7. Bonjour,

    Bravo toutes les coiffures que vous faites sont magnifique. :)
    j’aimerai savoir pour cette coupe: combien de mouvement en tresse épi je dois faire exactement ??? et combien en sens inverse ????
    je ne parle que francais dommage
    Bonne continuation et faites nous encore rever en voyant toutes vos coiffure
    J’espère une réponse afin de pouvoir faire cette coiffure vite elle me fait rever
    Amitié

    • Wow that’s so amazing I like your hair styles mindy I will be waiting for your new hairstyles I’m going to do it thank you very much

  8. I do think the twins are becoming a little less camera shy, I feel like I’m really getting to know them through their videos. This hairstyle is so cool, and it’s nice to see someone else from Canada who loves CGH!

  9. Love this bread, the video was not working but I tried it with written instructions and it was easier then I expected. This might be my little girls back to school hairstyle next week.

  10. Absolutely gorgeous Mindy, as always! Definitely giving this a go, so excited and definitely worth the wait for this week’s video!! I’m so excited, this looks so amazing! Keep up the great work, and you’re an awesome teacher!

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