No Fuss Faux Fishtail Tutorial

Easy faux fishtail braid (click-through for full tutorial)    One of the first hairstyles I wanted to learn as my hair got longer was a fishtail braid. Well, I did learn how to "do" a fishtail braid, but "do well" would be another thing entirely! Although I understand how to make this style, it's far from being my favorite. My fishtail braids always fall apart or look messy in a bad way. Thankfully there are a few ways to get a fishtail braid look without actually having to do the real technique. This style looks like a big, messy (in a good way) fishtail and is pretty easy. It actually uses some of the techniques I've highlighted previously in the triple twist ponytail and French pull-through braid tutorials. 

Fishy3-1Step One: Take a small section of hair from both sides of the head and twist them (I like to twist both inwards) and tie them together in a small ponytail.

Step Two: Repeat this step with two more small sections of hair.

Step Three: Take another small section of hair from both sides of the head and tie them into a small ponytail.

Step Four: Take the last small ponytail, find the middle and pull your hair up and through (this might be a familiar step if you remember the triple twist ponytail tutorial).

Step Five: Pull tight.

Easy faux fishtail braid (click-through for full tutorial)Step Six: Continue making small ponytails, inverting them and pulling tight.

Step Seven: When you reach the end of your hair, you can tie it off and be finished, or you can pull the outside edges of your braid to make the final braid thicker and messier (my preferred style!).

Easy faux fishtail braid (click-through for full tutorial)  Looks a lot like a fishtail braid, right? But if you've got slippery fingers like me when it comes to braiding, the way you build this braid is a lot easier than the "real" technique. It also gives you the chance to do a really thick, full braided look, which I'm a fan of. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with Spiegeling Presets for Lightroom.

  • Beautiful! I’m rubbish with hair but this seems easy enough!
    Becky x

  • I loved it! I’m loving these hair tutorials! :0

    Xo, Deborah

  • This looks absolutely beautiful! Oh how I wish my hair was long enough so I could try it myself!

  • Wow, so beautiful, and it looks even better with your long red hair!

  • I have yet to master the original fishtail braid technique, but I think I like this one better! It looks so much easier and I love how voluminous her hair looks.

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • I can do a regular braid but when it comes to other braids such as french or fish tail….. I never can seem to get them right. Do know what I’m doing wrong, but this tutorial definitely looks do-able.

  • So pretty — I love fish tail braids! It’s making me desperate for my hair to grow faster after chopping it into a lob! Love this tutorial – thanks for sharing!

    Lindsey I

  • If you’ve got a lot of small pony tails held with elastics, is it not a complete pain to take out at the end of the day?

  • I swear all hairstyles look ten times better on red heads.


  • I’ll have to try this method! My fishtails always end up looking too polished- I like the messy aspect of this braid! Also your hair color is gorgeous!

    Abby ||

  • Love that this is easier – because braiding is my nemesis!!

  • You make it look so easy! I must try it 🙂

  • wow these are stunning photos – reminds of me anne of green gables! beautiful braid!

  • I love the richness and vibrance of the red in your hair! My nephew has red hair but it’s much more coppery. .. probably better for a boy 🙂

  • You make it look easy. So beautiful especially with your red hair.

    Liz Lizo

  • This is so great! I can’t wait until my hair is long enough to start doing fun braids in my hair again!
    xo dré

  • Maybe I’m just hair dumb, but I couldn’t follow! I’d love to see a video.

  • Where was this tutorial before I cut off all of my hair???? You make it look so easy!

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