I love it when a fashion or hair style trend is also practical. Sometimes what is trendy is a little difficult to sustain or not really for everyday wear. However, the current trend for intricately and beautifully plaited hair is perfect for work, school or simply hanging out with friends. Once you’ve got the trick and know how to create a plait you can do it in no time. To help you get started here’s my guide to one of the hottest styles of the moment: the fishtail plait.
Fishtail plait: a step by step guide
Step 1: Shampoo, condition and dry your hair thoroughly. If you usually straighten it you could do that too, but it’ll look just as good unstraightened as well.
Step 2: If you want a side-y fishtail plait comb all your hair into a side parting on one side of your head, otherwise just go to step 3.
Step 3: Split your hair in two large, equal sections.
Step 4: Take a thin piece of hair from outside one of the sections and bring it to the middle gap between the two.
Step 5: Holding that piece there, do the same with another piece of hair from the opposite section. Cross it with the original thin strand in the middle.
Step 6: Pull tightly on each section of hair to make sure it is fixed. Then take another thin strand from the opposite side of your hair, and again, cross it with the piece in the middle.
Step 7: Repeat this process, alternating each side, until all your hair is braided.
Step 8: Secure the plait with a hair tie.
Step 9: Enjoy your beautiful fishtail plait!
Here are a few additional tips for a perfect fishtail plait:
· Don’t use elastic bands to tie your hair as this can cause breakage and damage.
· If your hair is fine or flyaway use a bit of hairspray to keep it in place.
· A fishtail plait is best done with well conditioned hair as softer strands move more easily. Use an intense conditioning mask before braiding, if your hair tends to be dry.
· If you braid your hair when it’s wet it will stay wet inside the plait, so make sure to dry it thoroughly beforehand.
Fishtail plaits look great on practically everyone, and as you can see, they’re not hard to do. Give it a go with your hair and see how you get on – practice makes perfect!