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!

Back view of the 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!

Back side view of the 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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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?

    1. Hey Bella,

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

      Thanks for asking!!!

      Love you Mindy

  5. 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!!

  6. 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

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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!!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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??????

  13. 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….???? 🙂

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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?

  18. 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

  19. 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!!!!

  20. 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!! 🙂

  21. 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! 🙂

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