Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

I do often wear ponytails, and me and the girls love them in our home because they are cute at any age. The hardest part finding ways to spice up the hairstyle so that it is not just a “plain old” floppy ponytail!

Brooklyn and I thought about this during the week and decided to show you all how to cutify a high ponytail using a fluffy fishtail braid. If you know how to back comb hair, and create a fishtail braid, then this hairstyle will be super easy for you to do!

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

I started Brooklyn off with a Single Frenchback into a hair-wrapped high pony. From there, the rest is in the video further below…

Although I show you how to do this on Brooklyn’s hair, I have worn it twice this past week.

Close-up of young girl wearing a red shirt modeling Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Portrait of young girl wearing a red shirt modeling Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Back view of young girl wearing a red shirt modeling Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

The perfect DIY aspect of this hairstyle is that the fishtail starts about 6-8 inches from the top of the ponytail, making it easier for you to swing the hair over your shoulder and fishtail from the front!


Portrait of young girl wearing a red shirt modeling Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Back view of young girl wearing a red shirt modeling Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Back view of young girl wearing a red shirt modeling Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

We want to see your re-created photos of this hairstyle! Be sure to tag your own photo with #CGHFluffyFishtail on Instagram this week, and you just may find yours reposted to our nearly 400,000 followers there!

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 smoothing brush, 1 hair band, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray/pomade and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by styling hair into a high ponytail {you can do a pompadour in front, or even a single Frenchback, to add some extra flair to the hairstyle}…
  2. Take a small section of hair and wrap the strand around the elastic, to hide it, and secure with a bobby pin…
  3. Next, take a rat-tail comb and back comb the top half of the hair in the ponytail.  You do this by lifting layer by layer, and back combing the hair down to the roots.  Do this for the top half of the ponytail only {leave the underside of the ponytail as is}…
  4. Now, using a smoothing brush, gently brush the surface hair, and any rough spots from the teasing, so that they top layer of the ponytail is smooth and straight…
  5. For the braid, go about 6-8 inches  down the ponytail and begin a regular fishtail braid….
  6. Continue the fishtail braid until you are within a few inches of the ends of your hair, and secure with a small elastic.
  7. Go back and gently loosen the braid for a more full look, and especially tug up the surface hair on the top section of the ponytail {this will further add to the volume you created with the back combing in Step #4}…
  8. Add any hairspray or accessories desired.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This week Brooklyn uploaded a super cute “Get Ready with Me” video on YouTube. If you would like to see it, please click below…

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  1. Hi Mindy! You post simply amazing videos with easy to understand instructions that lead to incredible hairstyles!

    I like your own ponytail hairstyle in this video apart from the fishtail-ponytail style which you are demonstrating. Can you please, please share a video on how to get the hairstyle you are wearing here?

    Thanks for reading!

  2. BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you soo much for making this tutorial. This ponytail was super easy and super cute! I LOVE IT!!!



  4. I love all your hairstyles but you have a lot of things that I don’t know were to buy them because I live in south america and when I ask in shops for things that you use I don’t find them. Can I replace any of them like the one you use to do the heart shape bun?

  5. OMG Mindy I use your hairstyles all the time but all the hairstyles that contain long hair I do to my best friend since im still growing out my hair!!! OH I cant wait till December 8th because on December 4th is my b-day im turning 13 and I cant wait to see what hairstyle you will post next!!

    1. If you do post a video I cant wait to see it and can u do 2 hairstyles that look like each other but aren’t the same one for medium haired people and the other for long hair. I think that will be awesome for all the people who want to match up with their BFFs. You should do that hairstyle on both Brooklyn&Bailey. Oh and can u tell them (B&B)that I love their youtube channel!!! You guys rock!!! Goooooo CGH!!!!!

  6. I love how this hairstyle looks, it is very cute!! Although, I have tried doing fishtail braids many times and it is difficult to me. Another issue is that when I braid the top of my head going into a ponytail, it always seems to get a big bump. How can a fix the bump, and what are some techniques on how to fishtail braid the right way? I enjoyed this hairstyle, it really spices up an old, boring ponytail!

  7. I am a huge fan of yours and your daughters I do talk Spanish though I was born in Mexico I love your fishtail braids I was never able to do it but it turned out to be an EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!! Thanks to you I’m able to do it now your daughters are so cute if your wondering how old I am here’s your answer:30 young ehhh well I also have a daughter although she the only girl with 3 boys (brothers) sucks for her my profile pic is my daughter

  8. could you do an evening routine since you’ve done a morning routine and here is my blog y’all can check it out if you want. bazingamangos.blogspot.com
    there won’t be much on it but i will update it tonight

  9. So I have a question: This altered fishtail is labeled as Easy difficulty, but the original fishtail entry is listed as medium difficulty. as a beginner in all things braiding and hairstyling, (Ponytail as long as I can remember) Would this be a good place to start, or should I try and work my way up from the first fishtail braid?

  10. Hey! I’m just a teenager and I love making hairstyles for my hair. My hair is shoulder length, layered, thick and stick straight. Mindy, do you have any tips on making my hair look great and not just a boring simple ponytail? Any tips to spice up my hair? Please give me some advice! I check on this website everyday soooo……..please and thanx!

  11. We love SO many of your hairstyles. We frequent your page as we have four girls! One question I have is how to do a “do” like this and not have it look like a falling out mess by the end of the day. (Or end of the hour.)

  12. I love love love your hairstyles! One note that I had was that I just wish that there were more tight, sporty hairstyles that will stay in during a basketball game. I’ve used so many of your do’s and have gotten so many compliments! Love you Mindy!

  13. You guys are AWSOME ! I love to make my hair look special for certain things like dance class, or hanging out with friends. My nick name is B but my name is Bailey:):)

  14. Oh my gosh… Thank you thank you thank you. I have 2 beautiful little girls (6&4)and I’ve been using ur braids this school year. They love all the different styles, best of all it makes them feel like princesses. We even sit and watch the tutorials together. I tried this one on myself. Other than mousseing up my waves, I’ve never really been able to style my own hair and like it… I tried this fluffy fishtail on myself and it looks great… I’ve never done a fishtail braid before and it still looks pretty.

  15. Wow I love this hair style! her hair so long too! 🙂
    Growing my hair at the moment but will definitely give this style a go.
    Your tutorials are always super easy to understand!
    thanks 🙂

  16. I love love love your website and videos. I like your twin’s videos as well. I like how real they are they don’t hide the fact that they get acne like every single teen does and they are just themselves which makes for a great video channel 😉 like yours!

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