How to Fishtail & Chignon

Emily Osment’s fishtail braid is casual and elegant at the same time.

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Join the braid parade. Braids of all kinds are seriously hot. One braid style that sets itself apart is the fishtail braid. While it looks oh so intricate and complicated, this elegant braid couldn't be simpler. When you're looking for a braided style that looks a little more chic and special, grab a few necessary tools and make the fishtail happen. When you finish creating the fishtail, you can even coil it into a gorgeous chignon at the nape of your neck.


Coat your dry tresses lightly with just enough styling spray to create a touch of texture. Work the styling spray through evenly with your fingers.


Brush your hair gently to detangle it.


Separate your hair loosely into two sections -- one on the left and one on the right. Pull both sections back to the nape of your neck and hold both of them separately in one hand.


Grab a 1-inch section of hair from the underside of the right section. Pull this section around the outside of the right section and join it to the left section.


Grab a 1-inch section of hair from the underside of the left section and do the same thing, joining it to the right section. This is one plait, looking like fish scales.


Keep plaiting, using the same technique and being sure to always pull tiny sections up and around, and joining them to the opposite section. When you get to the ends of your hair, fasten the braid tightly with an elastic hair band.


Grab the fishtail braid and coil it into a big and beautiful chignon at the nape of your neck. You can coil it into a circle or make a figure-eight shape and then tuck in the ends when you finish.


Stick bobby pins all around the coiled chignon to hold it tight.


Spritz your hair lightly with hair spray to give it lasting hold.

Things You'll Need


1.Styling spray

3.Elastic hair band

5.Hair spray


4.Bobby pins


Tips & Tricks


Make the chignon coil loose enough that the fishtail plaiting shows for an intricate and unusual chignon.

Pull a few strands of hair out around your face for soft tendrils.


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