Poof-Proof Hairstyles: The Fishtail Braid

With the most hot and humid season upon us, it is difficult to keep your hair looking sleek and sexy all day long. That’s where I come in with this new blog series – Check back for a new Poof-Proof Hairstyle every week! Have a great hairstyle you think is Poof-Proof? Send it to me at emily@zelocare.com

One of my favorite hairstyle go-to’s when the weather just isn’t my friend is the side braid. Creative braids have been all the rage for years now, so I have always tried to mimic the look. I have a lot of hair, but it tends to look thin in a braid. One day my best friend, who had similar hair to mine, wore her hair in this fabulous inside-out looking braid, and she taught me how to do it myself.

My obsession with the Fishtail braid was born.

Vanessa Hudgens sporting a sleek Fishtail Braid - Photo Courtesy of OnSugar.com

The best part of the Fishtail braid, also known as the Herringbone or Plait braid, is that it is just as easy to do as a french or basic three strand braid, if not easier. It is also perfect for literally any setting – you can make it look messy by alternating the thickness of the strands for a casual outing, or glam it up by adding gel to create a sleek look that is suitable for even the most formal of occasions.

Leona Lewis goes with a messier look for the Love Ball in London this past Feb - Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Essentially, you are wrapping small strands of hair around larger sections to create a fuller, thicker looking braid than a traditional french three-stand braid.

Fishtail Braid Step-by-Step:

1. Separate your hair into two even sections

2. From one large section, separate a small section of hair from the back

3. Bring the small section of hair forward and add it to opposite large section

4. Repeat steps two and three with the opposite large section

3. Repeat until your hair is braided all the way down and secure

For a visual step-by-step, check out this great tutorial from Foxy Locks Extensions:

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