The fishtail braid is a natural favorite come spring and summer. It somehow feels fresh, romantic, and playful all at once, and even though it looks somewhat complex, it’s actually very simple to recreate! This half-up hairstyle incorporates the fishtail braid beautifully into a sea of softly textured curls for a look that’s perfect for the boardwalk, a pool party, a day at the office, or even a casual stroll through the neighborhood (ideally with ice cream cone in hand). It also pairs beautifully with our newest spring and summer arrivals, so start planning those warm-weather outfits! We’re wearing it with the Romantic Renewal Midi Dress in Navy Floral ($79), a beyond comfortable dress that’ll earn you compliments all season long.
What You Need:
-1-inch flat iron
Step One: Prep & Curl Your Hair
Before blow drying, apply a heat protecting/priming spray that will really help moisturize, define, and set your curls. We’re using IGK’s Call Time Styling Primer ($27).
Once dry, take a 1-inch flat iron and set it to between 375 and 425 degrees. The thicker your hair is, the higher your setting should be. Begin curling 2-inch sections of your hair with the flat iron curling method. For those unacquainted, you can find a bounty of really helpful videos on YouTube, including this one. If you prefer curling with a curling iron, you can do that as well. Just note that the curls will look a little different than they do here.
Step Two: Part Hair & Create Fishtail Braid
Create a dramatic side part so that there’s more hair on one side of your head than the other. On the side where there’s more hair, grab a 3-inch section of hair near the top front and create a fishtail braid. To create a fishtail braid, divide the section into two equal parts. Take a small piece of hair from the outside of one section and cross it over to the inside section of the other. Repeat on the other side. Continue this back and forth (it will take longer than a normal braid) until you reach the bottom of the section. Secure with a clear elastic band.
Step Three: Create Small Braid & Twist/Pin
Take a much smaller section of hair from just under the fishtail braid and create a standard three-strand braid. Secure with an elastic. Pull both braids back against the side of your head, loosely wrapping the tiny braid around the fishtail. Secure with two criss-crossed bobby pins, making sure to conceal underneath the rest of your hair.
Step Four: Pin Other Side
Pull back a small section of hair on the opposite side and secure with bobby pins. This helps create a bit more symmetry. Once you’re done, run a little bit of hair serum through your hair, or apply a bit of texturing spray to create more texture. Now you’re good to go!