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April 27, 2015
My favorite nontraditional braid is definitely the fishtail braid. I remember when I first learned how to do it, I was completely shocked by how easy it was. When we were little, my sister and I had this book of braids that had like 101 different braid tutorials in it. I always thought the fishtail braid was the coolest looking one in the whole book and through the years, the fishtail has remained a fave. I love a good classic. Here’s how to create your very own fishtail braid:
Step 1: Blow dry & straighten your hair. I recommend using an anti-frizz shampoo & conditioner (I love Schwarzkopf Ultime) to help with the straight foundation. Always use a heat protectant! Schwarzkopf Ultime makes a great one. Shine spray is optional, but helps create a healthy sheen.
Step 2: Separate your hair into two equal halves.
Step 3: On the outer side of one of the halves, take about a 1/4 section of hair and cross it over the front. Join it with the other half, on the inner side.
Step 4: Repeat on the other half and continue, pulling the braid tight along the way.
Step 5: Secure with an elastic when you’re about 3/4 of the way down.
Step 6: Create a loose, messy look by gently pulling the braid apart as pictured, moving down the elastic. Pull more at the top and less at the bottom for an more uneven look.
And that’s it! As someone with naturally curly hair, using the right products is key for this braid. I used all Schwarzkopf Ultime products and am so pleased with the results. If you’re looking for anti-frizz, this is a great line to try. Their fast-drying products (essence ULTIME shampoo, conditioner & oil) even speed up the drying process, which is always welcome for me! No matter what line you use, always be sure to spritz a heat protectant when using heat tools!
What’s your favorite nontraditional braid?
Photos by Johnny Cheng.