Black Fishtail Hairstyles

Angela Simmons rocks a fishtail braid at the Spring 2011 Tracy Reese show at New York Fashion Week.

Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Tired of the basic three plait braid? Switch up your look by sporting a fishtail braid instead. Your African-American locks look fab braided. Since your hair is thicker, it'll hold the style perfectly all day long. Working your hair into a fishtail is a little more complicated than a conventional braid, but the reward is totally worth the effort.

Creating the Braid

First things first, you've got to know how to create a fishtail braid. Once you've got the basics down, you can sport it in different ways. You'll start by sectioning hair into four parts: two thicker center pieces and two outer thinner pieces. Take your left thin piece and pull it over its adjoining center piece, then pull it into your right thick piece. Repeat on the other side. To continue your braid from here, separate out another thin piece on the outermost side of your thick left section and weave it over as before. Each time you braid, you'll create a new thin outside section to braid over until your fishtail is complete.

Braided Ponytail

Pull your hair into a slicked back pony before braiding your fishtail. Just brush hair into a ponytail. Yours can be at the nape of the neck or worn up a bit higher. Apply a little bit of soft drying gel to locks before brushing it back. If you pull your pony up high, make sure to secure it with an elastic band. If it's at the nape of the neck, the elastic band isn't necessary, although it'll still work. Now start braiding your fishtail, securing with a second band at the end to keep it in place.

Curly Side Braid

Give your braid some extra body with a few glam curls. Part hair on the side and curl it with a large barrel iron in sections, holding the iron vertically. Once curls are cool, run your fingers through them to loosen a bit. Then pull hair to the side and start braiding. Just make sure to start your braid a few inches from the base of the head to keep it hanging loose. You'll want a few curly tendrils free to frame your face.

Leave It Straight

If curls aren't your thing, no worries. Leave your hair straight and pull it to the side. It'll make your fishtail braid look a little less romantic and a lot more modern. Start out by flat ironing your locks so they're sleek and pin straight. Part hair on the side, then pull it to the side and start braiding. Leave a few inches loose as with your curly braid, to make your braid a bit messy and a whole lot cool.

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