Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo | Prom Hairstyles

March 16, 2014

Today’s tutorial is inspired by the upcoming Prom season, and multiple reader requests for hairstyles that can be used at the dance.

We are loving Fishtail Braids right now, and Brooklyn and I wanted to show you an updo that is very unique using the fishtail as the focal point.

Flipped Fishtail Updo | Prom Hairstyles

We like that it isn’t really a bun, but more of a chignon-like undo. This Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo is very versatile, and can be used on girls of all ages, from teens on up to grandmothers!

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Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFlipFishtailUpdo

If you do not know how to fishtail braid, here is my first fishtail tutorial showing you how to create one.

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Want to learn how to create a Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo? Here is your chance…


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, Topsy Tail Tool {optional}, 4-5 bobby pins, decorative hair comb, spray wax or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling the hair back and secure it a low ponytail with a ponytail holder {make sure to leave a few strands of hair out near the front, and curl them, to frame the face}…
  2. Loosen the ponytail elastic away from the head a little. Using a topsy tail tool, or your fingers, flip the ponytail down though the loosened section to create a flipped ponytail…
  3. Now tighten the elastic again against the head…
  4. Next, fishtail braid the remaining ponytail hair and secure with an elastic when you run out of hair…
  5. Take the end of the fishtail and tuck it back up and down through the same hole {this creates a nice bun-like updo}…
  6. Using bobby pins, secure the fishtail against the head so it won’t fall out or droop down through the day.
  7. Add an glam accessory on top of the fishtail flip to accent the updo…
  8. Add hairspray or spray wax {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Flipped-Fishtail Updo! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

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19 thoughts on “Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo | Prom Hairstyles

  1. So my sister and I have hair that’s bordering four feet long…a lot of these hairstyles are cute, but don’t work with our hair. Is there any way you could do a different version of some of these so we could do these hairstyles as well. :)

  2. hey where do you get topsytails and how much money are they? i just started hanging here the hairstyles are sweet! i was drawn here because i was on youtube and saw the hairstyle that was inspired by elsa’s coranation hair and a bubble said “CGH website” and clicked i loved and still love these super cute hairstyles!!!!!!!

    • I found my Conair Topsy Tail at Walmart (of all places, haha). I think I paid $3-$4 but you can buy them at a number of places online, such as Amazon.com.

  3. This is really pretty but I think it would also look good if you used a lace up braid rather than a fishtail braid. :)

  4. i want to have some summer hair styles .can u please reply me some hairstyles for summer…..
    and you are being very helpful for me n my friends for hairstyles…
    thankyou …

  5. Wow five years gone so fast I love this updo my parents say I am obsessed with you guys which I am because every time you update I scream and every time go out you guys always have the perfect hairstyle thanks so much sorry for the really long sentence.

  6. I’m trying to learn how to make Mexican hairstyles with braids, but the traditional one’s. I was wondering if u have like a tutorial or if u know how to make them???

  7. This is deffo the hair style for tomorrow and I think I may try it with the celtic knot at side to make prettie too xx

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