November 15, 2011

How to Fishtail French Braid | Long Hairstyles

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We have so many variations of braids on this site, but we really have not done a simple Fishtail French Braid hairstyle tutorial. {This can also be called the Herringbone French Braid.}

By popular request, we filmed one for you!

Fishtail {Herringbone} French Braid

Now, Fishtail Braids are perhaps the most difficult hairstyles to complete, not because the stranding is hard {because it really isn’t}, but because it can take a long time to do it. The smaller the strands you use, the absolute better the braid looks… but it can take you forever!

Fishtail {Herringbone} French Braid

This braid is a beautiful hairstyle, and although many people may know how to fishtail braid a ponytail… not many know how to incorporate the French braiding aspect of it to the head itself.

Here I show you how to do this entire hairstyle in roughly 7 minutes, but you may choose to use larger and looser strands, which is hugely popular today with teens and models, or use smaller strands which makes the braid look so crisp and clean.


Items Needed: Brush, 1 hair band, spray bottle and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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  • Jaja

    Hi Mindy, I’m just wondering if you could put up some hairstyles to do with a crimper? I have a crimper and I would love to use it in some hairstyles, especially hairstyles that don’t require that much time and don’t need to have the whole hair crimped.

  • Awesome I love it Great Job

  • I love it Awesome

  • Thanks for that hair vid!!!! I am in memphis and tried that but didn’t work………… Keep up the good work….. I need braided bun ideas!! Think you could make one? Send it to me on my email.

  • Vanessa

    That looks so cute

  • Lol

    It’s so cute

  • Kaitlyn

    I tried them on my younger sister and they turned out okay (the hair was too wet, grr) She ended up putting it up which disappointed me since they weren’t that bad! Well, a few months later, I finally decided to do it on myself. I did it all right, like you guys did (except without the enhance curler stuff) and in the morning they looked AMAZING! I absolutely adored them and got a lot of compliments! By the middle of the school day, they relaxed a bit (and made it through the mile (;) and they looked even better! I only used a little bit of hairspray to help keep them in and they are currently still staying in strong! Sadly I will have to say bye-bye after my workout. Oh well, thanks for the awesome tutorial! Love your hair styles and hope to see more great ones soon! (sorry for long post)

  • Miranda

    I have short hair and i was able to do it! i did it on my moms curly hair and she loved it!!

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  • I love doing the French fishtail braid on my hair. Whenever I’m done doing the braid, I just absolutley love how it looks!!!

  • Sasha

    I love this hairstyle, i do it all the time!!!

  • Kara

    Omg I love this hairstyle…I do it to my daughter all the time!! 🙂

  • I just saw a double fishtail French updo and would live for you to show me how to do it.. I love your tutorials… Thanks

  • bella

    Hi Mindy I live in the UK and my family comes from Colombia so I have curly Colombian and Carrabian hair can you do a video of a hairstyle for curly hair please and do you live in Utah?

    • Julia

      Hey Bella,

      Yes. Mindy does live in Utah. She has lived there all her life.

      Thanks for asking!!!

      Love you Mindy

  • This is great… I love it!! trying it soon…. oh, and b.t.w… your eyes are gorgeous!! and I love your daughter’s outfit, very stylish & cute!!

  • I asoloutly love your website it’s so fun!!!

  • Cara

    Erin S try taking smaller pieces of hair from the section it should help.

  • Vanessa

    This hair styles is simple but cute. I’m going to try it on my daughter’s hair.

  • Kendall

    This Is Super Cute! 🙂

  • Manpreet

    This is awesome hairstyle , But publish more regualr hairstyle plz :):D:P

  • grace

    love it could u show how to do like other fun things with it like with another regular fish tale weaved through it or something

  • amy

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww its my favourite!!!!!!!!!!

  • margee

    thanks so much Mindy!:D The hairstyles you do are absolutely totally amazing!!!!! Please do some more I can’t get enough of these videos! 🙂

  • Erin

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPER CUTE!!!

  • wow this is very fun ill try it and im sure that it is going to be funn aaand goooooooood we love you monie

  • Emma Y.

    love all of your hairstyles can do almost every one of them on my hair 🙂

  • Erin S

    I have a question for you. When i get about halfway down my fishtail braids they start to look like regular braids. Any tips?
    PS I love your website it is so awesome!!!!

  • Bailey Bufford

    Can u try the French braid bun cause I don’t know how to do that please 🙂

  • Bailey Bufford

    That is really cool I tryed it for school and I loved it it is very is todo um and cute and pretty and then I did my sisters and she said thank you to you because she had been trying every vedio and so have I but she thanked me and I thank u so much it was very fun and how u explained it was so easy thank you. I love your vedios.

  • Hannah

    How did you do the curls on your hair in this video.

  • shoug

    i love your hair styles its really amazing

  • Alex

    Guys, you gotta perfect the braid on someone else, then you’ll be able to do it yourself. Trust me. I’ve been doing a fishtail forever, but I absolutely fell in love with the French Fishtail, it’s amazing! So, summing up, perfect it on a friend or family member so you are comfortable with the stranding and using your hands, then tackle D.I.Y. ok? Lol. :)) Good luck guys!

  • Catherine

    Can You show all fishtail styles?
    I am 11 and love your blog. I just did Lady Gaga Bow to my best friend!

  • oh wow my mom can barely do a double french braid ooooo yes i did it all alone and im only 10 years old!!!!!! thanks mindy 🙂

  • I love the french fishtail

  • its so cute!

  • i love your ring

  • thats really cute, actually is one of my favorites! but why cant i do it on myself!??
    and mindy, i LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your shirt its sort of a mexican style!

  • Kelly

    Can you show some hairstyles for VERY layerd hair and PRETTY SHORT bangs like show how to do a waterfall braid with bands and lots of layers??????

  • Maria

    I love your hairstyle i agree i would LOVE it if you had your own D.I.Y section!!

  • Lex

    Also I agree with Rebecca you NEED a DIY section!!!

  • Lex

    I love this one! It’s SO easy too! I can almostdo it on myself. 🙂

  • Isabella

    Love the fishtail can u upload how to do a hippie braid like a braid across the fore head:)

  • Apoorva

    heyyyy… i have short and heavy hairs(not too short, shoulder length)…. i always face too many problems while trying such hairstyles… will u plz hlp me sggsting some easy n cool hairstyles dat wud perfectly suit mah thick n heavy hairs….???? 🙂

  • Samantha

    Hello, I was wondering whether hair spray damages hair?
    Also what is the difference between the French twist back and the double French twist back?
    Thank you so much for all the lovely tutorials and ideas.

  • Claire

    Just like everyone else, I LOVE this! I just wish I could do it on myself without making it look like my french braids. And my best french braids look nothing like french braids.

  • Tav

    I love that you play volleyball, I do too! Beautiful fishtail 🙂

  • nice……..

  • Anya

    This is soooo cool. But it would be nice to have a D.I.Y. section but I’m just like ?.

  • Izzy

    I like this:)

  • Livia

    Dear Mindy,
    I love your website! I agree with Rebecca, ?, Justine, and Candy. I would love to do these lovely styles my self. Thanks!

    Your #1 fan,
    p.s. you are soooooooooooooo pretty!

  • Candy

    Hey Mindy I agree with Rebecca and ? please make a do-it-yourself.

  • Justine

    I LOVE THIS HAIRSTYLE, but I would love to know how to do it on myself. Could you post a video on how to do it on your own hair?

  • ?

    I agree with Rebecca because i love your hairstyles but there is very few I can do on myself and my mom dosent have alot of time in the morning before school

  • Rebecca

    You should do a do-it-yourself section. I’ve loved all your hairdos so far and only a few I can do on my own hair!

  • Suzy

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing all these fabulous hairstyles!

    • great I love it know I know how to do a FRENCH FISHTALE YOUR THE BEST

  • Shelly

    Thank you!! I have always loved this style and have never been able to figure it out. Just sad now that my daugther cut her hair off. Will have to check it out when her hair grows back out. Love you site!!!!

  • Leia

    Thanks for showing this, Mindy! I am the ONLY person in my barber school that knows how to fishtail braid (how odd, right?), but I’ve never done it with the whole hair – only from a ponytail. Now I have something new to practice tomorrow!! 🙂

  • Kira

    This is absolutely one of my favourites! you really should start a new topic, fishtails! 🙂 i have super layered hair and it worked still just fine (i did side-swept version). it always makes my day when you post a new do, never stop! 🙂