The fishtail plait or braid is one of the most popular pages in the whole of the www.VirtualHairCare.com hairstyles information resource pages and with over 500 hair style pages and hair style galleries that is saying something about what we all want to know about our hair. If you are want to make a fishtail, french or simple plait we have the diagrams and how to tips that will help create the hairstyle braid you want right here.
Alternative use of fishtail plaiting from Hayley Mears
Clever use of the fishtail plait in the fringe area to add height and combined with a simple plait or braid by Kristianna Michaelides
Pic courtesy of Harpers Bazaar
|This is the plait or braid of the moment when worn very long and loose with a soft frizz to the surface. It's great for anyone who finds plaiting tricky as it's easy to do and with it's 'untidy' finish, it makes it all the simpler!
basic gist of this form of plaiting is that you don't have to
keep the sections separate for any longer than it takes to cross
them over each other. The finished result should look like the
herring bone pattern you see reproduced on fabric. Here are two
Tools and other items you will
- Covered elastic bands
- Paddle or similar brush to remove
- A little hair spray
- A clip to keep hair not being
plaited out of the way
- Possibly a few pins or grips or
odd pin if you have layers to secure any stray bits!
Method 1: (for a single
fish tail down the back of the head):
Brush your hair through so that
it is easily separated with your fingers.
Take a section from either side
of your face, about 3 cm (or 1") deep, running from sideburns
Draw the sections back towards
the crown and cross the right section over the left.
Using your right hand press the
cross over point to the head to hold the hair in place.
Use your left hand to pick up
a new section from the left side. Take it from under the first
section and make it about the same size.
Take the new section of hair over
the right-hand section and, as you do so, swap to hold the hair
down with the left hand at the cross over point. The ends of
the sections will naturally fall down the middle and merge with
the rest of the hair.
With the right hand now free,
use it to pick up another new section from the right, cross
it over the section from the left, held down in the middle.
Again, as you cross over, change the hand that is holding the
hair pressed to the head.
Simply keep repeating this until
you run out of hair. If you get lost, remember that the side
from which you last took a section should correspond with the
hand holding the hair in the middle. Therefore you are always
about to take your new section from the side that the free hand
As you pass beyond the nape or
can no longer take hair from the sides, continue by taking hair
from the underneath of your "ponytail" and crossing this hair
over at the centre front.
- Secure at the end with your covered
band, it looks good if you use a fine section of hair to wrap
over the band to cover it.
Method 2: (for a fish
tail braid that starts from a ponytail in the nape of the neck
or 'bunches' either side):
This is really simple, especially
once you're familiar with method 1 above.
Gather your hair as if to place
it in a ponytail or 'bunches'.
To start, take a section of hair
from the left and right and then cross right over left, hold
the cross over point in place with the right hand.
With the left hand, take a section
from underneath and bring it round to the front and cross it
over the middle.
Hold it pressed to the rest of
the hair with the same hand, so freeing up the right hand.
Using the right hand, take a section
from underneath the ponytail and bring this round to the front
from the right side, cross it over the middle and hold in place
with the right hand freeing up the left.
Keep repeating steps 3,4,5 until
you run out of hair and then secure with a covered band.
You can do this either tightly or
loosely to get different effects; you do however need long hair
if you are going for the loose version, else it will simply unravel.
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