Fishtail-braiding hair is a great look that works for a variety of different hair types. Fishtail-braid your hair with help from a professional hairstylist and salon owner in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm Jeremy Clark, professional hairstylist and salon owner, and today I'm going to show you how to do a fishtail braid. So the difference between a French braid and a fishtail braid is that a French braid utilizes three strands and a fishtail utilizes two strands. It's great to use a mousse to build some texture in the hair and today we used the Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse and what we did was just placed a little bit at the roots, distribute it through the ends and then let Sarah's hair air dry. Okay so I have two strands now and I'm just going to wrap one over the other and that will establish our braid and then what I'm going to do is I'm going to take another piece from the side. I'm going to feed that into the top strand like so and then I'm going to do the same thing on the other side and just feed that into the strand and then I'm just going to continue on down the rest of the head. Let me show you what that looks like. You can see there's the start of the braid that's been established and I'm just going to continue taking pieces from either side and feeding them all the way down. Okay, so you can see we've now established the fish scales part and then here's your fishtail and I'm just going to continue taking pieces from the side and feeding them in. Your sections of hair can be as thick or thin as you want. The thinner you go, the more detailed it's going to be and the thicker you go the more you can get kind of a messy look and now we're basically down at the nape and at this point what we're going to do is just pull strands from the opposite side and from underneath and wrap them across and work your way down. So you just alternate your pieces all the way down the rest of the braid. This takes a little bit of practice to get the hang of and the more you do it the better you get at it. At a certain point you'll be able to just do this really quickly in about five minutes. Okay, and there you can see the nice fishtail. You can see how it feeds down into the braid and then the rest of the braid continues on from there. Another thing that you can do to make it a little more messy and fun, you can literally just pull that braid apart with your fingers and just really kind of separate it out and just open it up a bit and it's okay if you get some stray pieces and you can kind of do the same in here. And that's how you do a fishtail braid. I'm Jeremy Clark. Thanks for watching.