Messy Fishtail Braid | Special Guest AndreasChoice

I have seen a lot of beautiful half-up/half-down hairstyles floating around this Fall, so I think they are going to be very “on trend” for this season.

I invited a very good friend of mine from YouTube, Andrea from AndreasChoice to help me out with this style.  She is a beauty and fashion guru on YouTube with nearly 900,000 subscribers!  Thanks, Andrea, for helping me!

Messy Fishtail Braid {Plait} | CuteGirlsHairstyles and AndreasChoice

This messy fishtail braid is very easy to create, and looks even better as a second-day ‘do after twisty buns, pin coils, or braids the day before!

Back view of Messy Fishtail Braid | Half-Up/Half-Down Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1 large hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium


  1. Begin by grabbing a section of hair just behind each ear, and be careful to not go too high up into the bang area. You want this to look like the side sections are pulled back…
  2. Secure the two sections from each side back into an elastic on the back of the head…
  3. Flip the ponytail up, over, and behind the elastic once. This will create a subtle twisted look to the pulled-back, side sections…
  4. Begin fishtailing the ponytail…
  5. When the fishtail is completed, gently tug on the edges of the braid to create a ‘messy’ look…
  6. Secure the ends with a small elastic.
  7. Add hairspray to control flyways, and a hair accessory if desired.

To add an even more disheveled look, carefully cut the first elastic out of the hair. This will loosen the top of the messy braid and leave your hair looking more loose and less styled.

Believe it or not, these messier looks are getting quite popular on the fashion runways this season!

This half-up/half-down hairstyle is perfect for girls of all ages, and is sure to bring lots of compliments!


Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. I love your videos. I just need a bit of help doing it on myself because my mum doesn’t get a word that you say. can you try and do ones that you can do on yourself that are quick and easy. If you can, can you do ones that I can do quickly because I am usually late for school. I wake up at 6 am and I leave at 6:30 so really I want a quick and simple hairstyle. many thanks, Amelia (milz)

  2. I am eleven years young. I love your hairstyles. I try all of them on my cousin. I also try to go to at least one of meetandgreets but there to far away. can you please do a meetandgreet in Chula Vista California.????

  3. Hi Mindy!
    you’re an inspiration to me and im only 11. I am still learning hairstyles so i plz request you to do a video on how to do a fishtail plait.
    (sorry,from uk and we dont say braid, we say plait!)

    1. I am 11 and I cant even do a proper fishtail plait(uk talk)without having fly-aways. what should I do so that I don’t make a fool of myself in school.

      I have a crush on someone at school and I am too nervous t ask him out. what should I do? as my hero’s I hope you can help and I hope I can rely on you 2 to keep my secret safe.
      lol(lots of love)
      Amelia Couling

  4. I was wondering if you could do some easy school hairstyles and maybe the items you need could be more like easy. Maybe just a normal comb and elastics because I love your hairstyles but I dont have all I need.

  5. you shouldn’t listen to them Mindy. you’re choices of people and your entire website is awesome… you truly are an inspiration!! I try every hairdo that you post…

    sidney liebherr

  6. I love this hair style! I do it all the time! It’s kinda hard to fish tail on the back of my head. It never stays tight enough! Mindy, do you have any tips?

  7. that was not nice OLIVIA she is talanted and pretty how would you like it if some one said “Why did you pick her?! She’s ugly and has NOOO talent”

  8. i am eleven and i watch your chanel all of the time Mindy you are truly my insperation.I love learning new hairstyles so I watch you so do it. Mindy i am not a big fan of messy hairstyles,I was wondering if can you please do a less messy hairstyle, but only if you have enough time. Please consider,Thank you!

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