30 Aug How to do a fishtail plait
People are always asking me what a fishtail plait is and how to do it, so I have put together some simple instructions. It really is not as complicated as it looks and can be done on yourself or on a friend.
A fishtail plait (sometimes called a ‘herringbone’ or a ‘fishbone braid’) is a different take on a standard French plait and can be dressed up or down depending on mood and occasion. It can be created to look sleek and groomed, or more messy and boho.
I have created a fishtail down the back of the head today in order to clearly show the steps. It is more difficult to do this style on yourself, but the method remains the same to create the look for a side fishtail.
1. Separate the hair into 2 clear sections. For a sleek look, use a comb to make an even parting and for a messier look, use your fingers to part and to add some texture.
2. Take a small section of hair from the underneath of one side, lift it over the top and add it to the opposite side. Be sure to add it to the underneath of the other side and not to the top. Once you have added it, let it blend in with the rest of the hair on that side.
3. Repeat this on the second side, take a small section of hair from underneath, lift it over and add it to the other side.
*It is tricky at first to hold the two sides tight enough while you are crossing the hair over. You may find that the plait becomes loose but it just takes practise and it does get easier!
TIP: If you find it difficult to hold on to the hair as you are plaiting, secure the hair in a loose ponytail with a small plastic tie before starting and then cut out the tie at the end.
4. Continue this way all the way to the end of the hair and secure with a tie. It is tempting to start taking larger sections of hair as your hands become tired. This will still work but the effect will not be as obvious.
5. Tease out the plait with your fingers and spray with hairspray.
If you want your plait to start at the top of your head and go all the way down, use the same method but start with 2 small sections of hair and add the rest as you travel down.
Once you have mastered the technique, you can fishtail in any direction you like!
Have fun and comment to let me know how you get on!