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)

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