As you guys know, I love fishtail braids! They were big during Fall 2010 Fashion Week, especially at Doo.Ri, courtesy of hair god Orlando Pita for T3. (You may know him from a little show called Shear Genius?) Orlando created face-framing fishtail braids on each side of the head. “I look at the clothes and do a hairstyle that a woman would actually do,” he said of the style. “If she did the braids herself, they’d be looser.” To get the look, he sprayed hair with his Elevate volumizer, then straightened it with a T3 450 iron. After two fishtail braids were created, the models were ready to hit the runway.
The gals over at The Beauty Bean compiled a helpful how to on recreating the Doo.Ri fishtail braids. They’re easiest to do on medium to long hair that’s not overly layered or angled. But if you do have layers, you can still achieve the look, it will just take some extra practice and bobby pins & hairspray!
Step 1: Traditional fish tail braids are done in the back of the head or at the side, but Orlando Pita changed it up by creating two side fishtail braids and joining them in the back. To begin, you will need a good aerosol hair spray that dries quickly and holds, like L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray.
Step 2: Start on one side of the head, taking a small section of hair and dividing it into two sections–we will call these Section 1 and 2. You will then divide the right section further into two additional sections, Section 1a and 1b and the left into Section 2a and 2b.
After the break, find out how to complete the fishtail braids and watch a helpful how to video.
Step 3: Take section 1a (outside) and cross it over section 1 b (inside).
Step 4: Take section 2a (outside) and cross it over section 2b (inside) to meet section 1a in the middle.
Step 5: Repeat step 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length. Tie a small rubber band at the bottom of the braid to hold it in place.
Step 6: Move to the other side of the head, repeating the same process.
Step 7: When both braids are complete, twist the two strands together and secure them at the back of the head.
In case you’re a visual learner, here’s a handy video on the basics of creating a fishtail braid. Plus, she has a really cute accent!