Fish braid: master it in 10 simple steps

Fish plait, side fish plait

Not only do they look super stylish, but the fish braid is often regarded as the perfect gym-to-lunch hair style. Problem is, it looks far trickier than it really is, which scares many people off, but the great news is you can do this to your own hair (with a little practice) by following these 10 simple steps from People Hairdressing stylist Chardae Hammond. (Modelled by Sporteluxe’s editorial coordinator Melanie Davis.)

Tip: You can achieve different looks with a fish tail braid. For an extra fine and elegant look, take a very small bunch in your hands and work through the plait. A larger bunch of hair will make the look thicker and plait-like.

Chardae’s 10-step fish braid

  1. Begin by brushing your hair from roots to ends in the direction you want the fish tail to start.
  2. Section the ponytail into two equal sections.
  3. Take a small section from the outside of each ponytail.
  4. Cross the left small section over the top of the left ponytail and add it to the right ponytail.
  5. Make sure yore still holding the two pony tails separately.
  6. Now take a small section from the outside of the right ponytail.
  7. Cross it over the top of the right ponytail and join it to the left ponytail.
  8. Continue taking small sections from each ponytail and crossing it over the top of itself and adding to the next ponytail.
  9. As you would with a two-strand braid, continue until you run out of hair at the end and secure with an elastic.
  10. Finally, gently pull at the loops starting from the top working your way down the tail as this will give a more relaxed boho style.
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And there you have it: the 10 simple steps to mastering a fish braid. Go on, try it and rock this look at the gym, the office or even out tonight!