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The Fishtail Plait: A Step-By-Step Guide And All The Inspo You Need

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Here's your handy guide to the fishtail braid...

Don't let the thought of an intricate fishtail braid intimidate you, because this gorgeous plait is actually really easy to create... (even if you're a total hair styling rookie).

Thanks to its versatile nature, a fishtail braid is the perfect hairstyle for a number of different occasions. You can flaunt them at weddings, first dates, in the office, or even on the beach. You can leave them looking polished, or fluff them out for boho chic vibes (à la Blake Lively), and once you've mastered the technique, you'll be able to create them with your eyes closed.

Our other favourite thing about this pretty braid is that it can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, which makes it the ideal style to do on busy morning before work. For a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve a chic side fishtail braid, read our guide below.

How To Do A Fishtail Hairstyle: A Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1

Start with clean, freshly washed and dried hair (we recommend using the Kerluxe CAVIAR4 Shampoo and Conditioner for extra shiny, soft hair).

Brush through your hair, and then use a comb to create a neat side parting. After, bring all of your hair over to your preferred side. Then, split your hair into two equal sections - a right and a left one.

Step 2

Take a small section of hair from the back of the left-hand section of hair, and pull it over the top to join the right-hand section of your hair.

Step 3

Then, take a small section of hair from the back of the right-hand section, and pull it over the top to join the left-hand section of your hair. This will create the start of your fishtail braid.

Step 4

Keep on repeating steps three and four until you have braided your hair right down to the bottom. Then, secure your fishtail braid with a small hairband.

Step 5

If you want to leave your plait looking polished and neat, then you can spritz some hairspray over your hair to set it in place. Or, to achieve a romantic, ethereal-looking fishtail braid, dust some Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker over your plait, before gently rubbing it in with your fingers and lightly tugging at your braid to loosen some sections. Et voilà!

Fishtail Braid Inspiration

Now that you know how do a fishtail braid, we bet that you're after some fishtail braid inspiration. With lots of different variations to choose from (like a half-up, half-down fishtail braid or a fishtail braid ponytail) you're practically spoiled for choice.

Depending on what kind of occasion you're attending, you can either opt for a more understated fishtail braid, or up the ante with a jaw-dropping, unique style. See some of Grazia's favourite braid looks, below.