Messy Fishtail Braid/plait Tutorial

9 October 2012





A lovely lady on Twitter asked me to do a tutorial on a fishtail plait, so here it is! I hope I made this as clear as possible with my wiggly fingers - it's really simple when you do it, but watching it, it looks 100X more complex than it actually is. All you will need is a comb and a hair elastic (optional).

1. Split your hair into two big sections. While holding both sections, use your index finger to grab a small bit of hair.

2. Then, pull that small bit of hair around the same section, a bit like doing your shoe laces.

3. Holding that small section with the same hand, do the same as part one to the other big chunk of hair.

4. Collecting the older small bit of hair in the other big section, grab a new tiny section of hair from the back of the big bit of hair and bring it round to the front.

5. Then grabbing the new small bit of hair, collect it into the opposite section. So basically it's like doing a normal plait from the inside-out rather than in outside-in.

6. Continue steps 1-4 all the way down. I then back-comb the ends to hold the plait in place, you can use a hair elastic instead it's absolutely up to you! To Finally finish the look and use my fingers and thumbs to push the braid forward, to make it bigger and messier.
Then you are done! I'm so sorry if these instructions make no sense what so ever, i'm hoping the images are a bit clearer than my rambley step-by-step.



85 comments

  1. Can't wait to have my hair extensions to try this asap!
    xo

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  2. I love fish tale plaits! I can't for pay day! I'm ordering some extensions! :D

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  3. This look is lovely and I really like the way you've broken the steps down and explained them! Thank you :)

    Alexandra

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  4. I've always been in love with a fish tail braid!! Fabulous!!

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  5. I love fishtail plaits,especially for school. The fishtail looks amazing on you!
    Georgia from www.fortheloveof-thrift.blogspot.com
    xo

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  6. You make these look so simple ahh! Would really appreciate it if you checked out my blog xx

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  7. What I would do for your hair! I love your hair tutorials, you're really talented :) x

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  8. I love fishtail plaits, there my go to style when I haven't washed my hair! Would love it if you entered the giveaway over on my blog!!

    lazy2lovely.blospot.co.uk

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  9. I love fishtail braids, and your hair is always so pretty.
    xxx

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  10. You are SUCH a babe :'( give me your face pls <3
    Love this hairstyle on you, looks so effortless :D xxxxxx

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  11. great tutorial, I've always wanted to know how to do these!

    Sarah x
    takemyscars.blogspot.com

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  12. Beautiful girl! I love doing a side fishtail too :) x

    http://girlinthelens.com/

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  13. wow it's pretty awesome! thank you for sharing <3.
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  14. I always try to do this but I end up looking like an idiot haha! you look gorgeous though:)

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  15. Think I'll finally be able to do this. Thank you so much :)xx

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  16. wow this is such a cool post - moving images! :)

    I'm gonna try it now because I've never been able to do it

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  17. Your hair is so gorgeous - I wish mine is long enough to fishtail plait! Ps thank you for following my blog :)
    Seasidefox.blogspot.com
    X

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  18. Fab tutorial, so easy to follow I'm sure even I can manage it!
    I'm now following!

    le fresne x

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  19. Love your blog and your tuto!

    I've just done one of your hair tuto and post some photos on my blog:
    http://summermarlowe.blogspot.fr/

    Thanks!

    I follow you

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  20. Oooh, so pretty, love it! I'm going to try this out.

    Ava Tallulah

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  21. i love these hair tutorials you do :) i've been trying to do this for ages but it always fails so thanks for this :) xx

    armariodedanielle.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Very nice tutorial!! the braid looks fabulous! furthermore your blog is just amazing and so inspiring. do you want to follow each other on gfc?? Let me know by posting on my blog :-) would be great! :o)

    www.walkonthestylesite.blogspot.com

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  23. i love doing these, they are so easy :) x

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  24. Nice post! I'm your new Follower! :) I hope you visit my blog sometimes. Thank's! Kisses from VV!!

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  25. oh i love this. I LOVE the gif tutorials. x

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  26. Thanks for your comment!
    don't hesitate to follow me ;)
    xo
    http://summermarlowe.blogspot.fr/

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  27. Great post, your hair looks so pretty!

    Lana, xo
    http://fashionfake.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. God you look absolutely gorgeous in that first photo!! I really need to try this look myself xx

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  29. this is perfect! really want to try it out! :)
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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  30. this is amazing! you're are so ridiculously pretty!

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

    ps. i'm launching a new giveaway to win 30 beauty products tomorrow inc. essie etc. make sure you stop by! :)

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  31. thanks for the tutorial - I have been trying to get this down right!!

    fashionable footprints
    fashionable footprints (facebook)

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  32. your blog is very lovely and interesting. maybe follow? im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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  33. I wish I could do this :(
    Following
    x
    NRC ♥

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  34. I wish my hair was long so I could do this!

    xx

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  35. This is a great tutorial! Love the gifs :) x

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  36. Always wanted to do this plait ! Thanks for the tutorial :) xox

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  37. Just come across your blog! What a lovely find!

    Definitely following so I don't miss out any more:)

    Em

    Xx

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  38. Ohh thank you for this! :)
    I've been wondering how to do this myself for a while.
    I'm gonna go try to now!

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  39. Wow! Nice tutorial. I love fish tails!!

    http://hazehazyhazel.blogspot.com/

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  40. Love your style, Grace.
    I follow you, I really liked your blog.
    Ire.
    whileinspireme.blogspot.com

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  41. just found your blog and i absolutely love it! xx

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  42. You're so stunning! And i love this hair idea, will definitely try it out soon :)

    www.radicallilies.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  43. you're blog's amazing!!


    http://gowestyoungcowgirl.blogspot.it/

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  44. You're so pretty, as is the hairstyle. I love the step by step picture guide. It's a really clever/ useful idea!

    Francesca xo
    http://goingroundthemulberrybush.blogspot.co.uk/

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  45. I can't believe I finally found an animated hair tutorial! Genius! I loved it! :)

    smileyclara.blogspot.com

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  46. This post is awesome! So wish my hair was long again :(

    Maybe check out my blog if you have time? Ive just followed you neenyswishlist.blogspot.com

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  47. Thanks for sharing ,an awesome post I will try to do it tonight :)
    I ve follow u now hope u will follow me back

    xxx

    http://abangarang.blogspot.com/

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  48. So glad I've found this tutorial, I've been wanting to know how to do one for a while but not been sure how!

    :)
    xo
    I have a giveaway on my blog which you can enter here Red Rock Fashion Comp

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  49. Ok I am totally obsesse with your blog. Love your tutorials, and you are SO gorgeous. PS>love the makeup how to in the last post!

    -Ellie
    www.citybrewed.com

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  50. Fishtail plaits are so pretty. Gorgeous lipstick! I've only just come across your blog - new follower here! x

    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

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  51. You look amazing! Such a lovely blog!


    -True

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  52. Great tutorial I learnt how to do fish tail plait when I was doing my Hairdressing its a great look! and you went into alot of detail to show how to do this.
    I'm new to blogging follow me back please :)
    pocockins.blogspot.com
    xx

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  53. I love these tutorials! Such a unique way of doing them :)

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  54. you are too beautiful for words

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  55. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have watched billions but never had success. We love your blog and are new followers.
    JS xx

    www.januarysublime.com

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  56. I love braiding my hair in fishtails <3 you are really pretty and I love your blog. If you have time, have a look at mine and if you like it, maybe we can follow each other.
    love,
    lali
    Lali pops of colour

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  57. I love your blog :) I folllowed as soon as I found it.
    Lovely tutorial too, looking forward to trying it out.

    Best Wishes
    Nafisah

    www.bamblingsofnaffy.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  58. likeee your blog,
    keep posting and go for it!!

    XO

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  59. Ahhh I gave up around step two haha, I'm a fail BUT I love how you did this with the gifs. So very cool.

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  60. Love your blog, you're absolutely stunning. Great tutorial x

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  61. WOW this is agreat tuturial - I've always wanted to know how to do fishtail braids :)

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  62. great blog
    http://lifewithdelias.blogspot.com/

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  63. Dear, you are absolutely gorgeous.
    And this was a great tutorial!
    I'm following you for sure.

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  64. I love you blonde hair :) and great blog.

    I'd be grateful if you will take the time to look at my blog :)

    Toni xx

    http://toniloujones.blogspot.co.uk/

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  65. I love the fishtailbraids! What a great way to make a tutorial!

    www.yetanotherbeautysite.com

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  66. I just found your blog. It is fantastic, i love it. you are gorgeous. I will follow, I would love for you to check out mine.

    http://www.inmydreams.ca/

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  67. wowww your blog is amazing. you are stunning! new follower :D
    http://stylebykls.blogspot.co.uk/

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  68. Simply beautiful braid! I think your instructions make sense - and all the more so with this charming series of photos. My own hair is far too thin to pull of braids like this (it's been thinning for years due to alopecia), but I'm planning on buying a wig to use as my "full time hair" in the near future, and thus hope to be able to pull of a much wider array of styles (including cool braids like this) again for the first time in many years.

    ♥ Jessica

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  69. wow.you're so gorgeous <3333

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  70. You are a beauty, and you have a very sweet profile.

    Im following you !

    Lots of love

    Http://rachelkromdijk.blogspot.nl

    RK.x

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  71. I can't wait for my hair to get longer so I can wear it like this! x

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  72. Thankyou for this tutorial! I'm learning how to do fishtail plaits because I find them unique and pretty! and plus when I saw you in COMPANY, I said to myself I need to see that blog! So glad I have
    I love love the gifs, they make hair tutorials easy to follow!

    You're fab! xoxo

    http://fash-ophrenia.blogspot.co.uk/

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  73. We absolutely love this tutorial and your site, it's a shame not everybodys hair is long enough to create a fishtail braid like this. Don't worry though girls, if you have short hair, you can always clip in remy hair extensions and then create the fishtail plait that way - don't worry, no one will ever know! :)

    x.

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