Fishtail braids are beautiful hairstyles for women that involves weaving strands of hair into elaborate designs. They differ from traditional braids in that you only use two strands of hair instead of the typical three, there’s a lot more twisting of hair strands, and you use very small sections of hair to achieve the unique herringbone pattern that gives fishtail braid hairstyles their name.
51 Amazing Fishtail Braid Hairstyles to Inspire You
Options for fishtail braid hairstyles are endless and can be worn in both short and long layered hair. You can choose to braid just the ponytail, or you can start at the crown and work your way down. Make your fish braids as tight or as loose as you like, or add synthetic hair for enhanced volume and length. Instead of braiding all of your hair, try braiding just the crown, or experiment with other less likely parts. Add color to your braids with minimal or chunky highlights or you can dye all of your hair an interesting shade. Or to avoid color damage, try adding a clip in hair extension. Incorporate other styling techniques, such as two-strand twists, traditional three-strand braids, or the bouffant. Depending on how they’re styled, fishtail braids can look bohemian, glamorous, elegant, sporty, cute, or edgy. There’s literally something for every woman, from all walks of life. The technique is important when creating fishtail braid hairstyles, but luckily there are numerous tutorials available online to teach you how to fishtail braid with skill.
1. Cool And Carefree Floral Fishtail Braids
Tousled woven fishtail braids exude a carefree bohemian vibe that nicely complements your late summer and early autumn festival wardrobe. Adding fresh flowers or other decoration allows you to easily personalize this style.
2. No Fuss Messy
Half up fish braids are perfect for those mornings when you’re running short on time and you just can’t finish your goddess braids. A finger part and a fast braid pair surprisingly well with slightly mussed hair from the day before. You’ll look completely styled with minimal effort.
3. Pretty And Professional
Fishtail braid hairstyles are a quick and easy hairstyle for the professional woman. Keep long hair out of your eyes in the office by braiding just the crown of the hair in a tight fishtail braid. This no-nonsense hairstyle looks great with all career wear.
4. Fierce and Futuristic Femme Fatale
If you’re looking for a unique way to express yourself, try incorporating a fishtail braid in an unexpected way. The addition of small fish braids on either side of the face makes this hair idea surprisingly futuristic. Experiment with just one for a fresh take on this style.
5. Pretty With A Pop Of Pink
Adding a pretty pop of color and playing with braid size is an easy way to transform traditional fishtail braids into a work of art. An unexpected color paired with braids of various size and texture creates visual interest in this modern hairstyle.
6. French Braids And Fishtail Hairstyle For Women
Perfect for a night on the town with friends or date night with a special someone, an intricate french braided pattern looks awesome paired with a fishtail braid ponytail. This hairstyle is ideal for creating the desired length and volume. French tip nails go really well with this style.
7. Easy Mixed Method Fishtail Braid
Tame long, wild locks with an easy update on traditional Dutch braids. Start by braiding hair to the nape of the neck using the three-strand method. Then, tie off hair with a rubber band, and create a fishtail braid using the remainder of the hair.
8. Simple Solution For Scoring Big Braids
Big, bountiful fishtail braids can be achieved by anyone regardless of your natural hair length. You can create a cute oversized fishtail braid to rival Rapunzel with the assistance of wigs and hair extensions. Hair units are available in a multitude of natural colors, so no one will ever know your little secret.
9. Long Hair, Don’t Care Fishtail Braid
The single sleek braid is a chic modern, shoulder length hairstyle that is trending across all social media platforms thanks to the likes of celebs such as Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. You will instantly feel sexy, cool and sophisticated when you flip this long fishtail braid over your shoulder.
10. Cool Crimped Fishtail Braid Hair Idea
Show the world just how awesome and one of a kind you truly are by experimenting with your hairstyle. Try incorporating different textures, like crimping hair at the roots only, with an unexpected part on one side of your head and a single messy fishtail braid. Crimping irons help create a perfect crimp without a lot of effort, but you can also install tiny plaits at the root line for the same effect.
11. Beautiful Fishtail Braid Hairstyles For Bridal Parties
This elegant and sophisticated fish braid updo is a versatile style that would work equally well for the bride or her maid of honor, and would be flattering for the mother of the bride, as well. The majority of the hair is left long and loose, while portions of hair that frame the face are weaved into the long wavy fish braid.
12. Easy Fishtail Braid As Headband
Another cute and easy hairstyle to try is the fishtail braid headband. Start by separating the light brown hair that frames your face. The bigger the section, the bigger the headband will be. Then, begin your fishtail braid above one ear and braid along your hairline towards your other ear. Your hair will stay in place and you will look polished and put together all day.
13. Intricate Viking Babe Fishtail Braid
Divide your hair into five sections, keeping the largest section in the middle of your head, and combine traditional three strand plaits with a single long fishtail braid to achieve this Viking inspired style. This particular style may take some practice to master, but the cool factor is definitely worth it.
14. Coachella Inspired Infinity Fishtail Braids
Long soft curls provide the backdrop for the Coachella inspired infinity braids. Two separate fishtail braids are united at the back of the head to create the appearance of a seamless braid. Create a soft curly hairstyle without heat damage by rolling hair with setting cream while damp and allowing to air dry.
15. Fishtail Fauxhawk For Getting Physical
Look fantastic while getting your sweat on. This tightly braided fishtail fauxhawk is perfect for working out. The slicked back hairstyle contains all your stray hairs so you can concentrate on burning calories and building muscle, and not on the hair that keeps falling in your eyes. Use gel to keep hair shiny and locked in place for hours.
16. Double Dutch Fishtail French Braids
Another pretty hair idea for ladies is the large side by side Dutch braids but created using the fishtail technique instead of the standard three-strand method. This simple hairstyle can be accomplished with minimal practice, but you’ll want to use a mirror to make sure your part is straight.
17. Loose Waves And Fishtail Braids
Delicate waves combined with a loose fishtail braid is a cute hairstyle for women and easy to attain. Make sure to use plenty of smoothing serum to reduce frizzies and fly away hairs, and a generous amount of conditioner to protect overall hair health. Create loose curls without heat by twisting damp hair into a coiled bun and allowing to air dry.
18. Second Day Fishtail Braid Mini Buns
This is a cute and easy hairstyle that makes it possible to extend the previous day’s style by another day or two. Start with two french braided fishtails and wear as you normally would. The next day, the hair will be looser and more relaxed after sleeping on it. Then, just twist the ends of each braid into a messy mini bun, and hair is perfectly styled for another day or more of wear.
19. Bombshell Bohemian Brunette Fishtail Braid
Pull the top portion of the hair into a ponytail to keep it in place. This will keep hair more secure than a braid without one. The ponytail is then tightly fishtail braided all the way down and the ends are also secured. The beautiful brunette locks are then loosely curled to finish off the look. Use a shine-enhancing spray to keep hair looking lustrous.
20. Blonde Fishtail Hair Halo For Wedding
All eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle to your spouse in this angelic hair halo. Fishtail braid hairstyles are a popular choice for brides. This pretty hairstyle creates a halo of fishtail braided hair to sit atop her long multi-tone blonde hair. Large curls were left loose on both sides to gently frame the face.
21. Awesome Asymmetrical Fish Braids And Waves
Here we have another bride that has chosen a fishtail braid to ensure she looks glamorous for her nuptials. The asymmetrical fishtail braid looks amazing paired with soft wavy curls and her beautiful auburn color. The tight braid will ensure hair stays beautiful throughout the ceremony and well after the reception is over.
22. Beautiful Fishtail Braided Bun And Bouffant
This classy braided bun has been skillfully styled using fish braids in a variety of sizes and shapes. The hair at the top of the head was teased and combed over to create a bouffant for added height and visual interest. Since brushing would ruin the hairdo, keep a rat tail comb on hand to gently lift hair that has fallen flat.
23. Two Strand Twists And Fishtail Braid Bun
This hairstyle for women is made even better by combining it with another technique. The hair along the top edge of the braid was two-strand twisted before being added into the fishtail braid. Pretty accessories are added for decoration, but can also hold stubborn hairs securely in place.
24. Long Loose Boho Chic Fishtail Braid
Fishtail braid hairstyles are a cute hairstyle for women with longer hair. Prep long locks with a detangling spray prior to styling to prevent painful knots. Then, finger part several large sections of hair into loosely braided fishtails before combining them into one larger fishtail braid. This romantic style is perfect for a date night with your man.
25. Awesome Fishtail Braid Pony Tail
This is a bold, edgy look that says you aren’t afraid to take risks. A large section of wavy hair is loosely fishtail braided into a ponytail with the remainder of the hair. That hair is then sectioned off again, and a much smaller, tighter fishtail braid is incorporated into the look. Finish off with a generous portion of hairspray to help hair keeps its texture and body throughout the day.
26. Romantic Chunky Braid With Hair Vine
A large chunky fishtail braid with lots of body is an easy way to create a romantic style. The braid is stunning enough on its own, but the addition of the jeweled hair vine takes the style up a notch or two. The elevated style is perfect for a wedding or other special occasion where your hair will take center stage.
27. Relaxed And Carefree Double Dutch Fishtails
This lovely head of brunette hair with substantial blonde highlights has been skillfully styled into two large relaxed dutch fishtail french braids that are then merged into a single larger braid. Loose strands are purposely left out to enhance the carefree nature of the style.
28. Protective Fishtail Braid For Hair Health
Fishtail braid hairstyles are the answer to your hair’s health, especially if you’re noticing frequent hair breakage. Apply lots of conditioning balm prior to braiding hair into this protective fishtail braid to prevent further damage. Not only will you be nourishing your hair, but you will also look great while doing it.
29. Sleek And Sporty Fishtail Braid
This tightly twisted fishtail braid is perfect for all your active needs. Go for a jog, walk the dog or take a spin class. Whatever you plan on doing, you’ll be able to stay focused on the activity because this sporty fishtail braid will keep hair off your forehead while working out.
30. Rose Gold Hair with Fishtail Braid Updo
Fishtail braid hairstyles are beautiful in natural hair colors, but really make a statement in an unexpected color. This large fishtail crown braid has been twisted into a stylish oversized bun in a rose gold hue. Color this brilliant can only be achieved with the services of a professional stylist. Prevent color from fading with a color-protecting shampoo and conditioner.
31. Beautiful Blonde Fishtail Braid Bridal Bun
The blonde locks have been styled into a beautiful updo for the bride. Long tendrils have been kept loose and gently curled to lightly frame the face. Fishtail braids create texture and volume at the crown and lead into a loose bun that is also surrounded by soft curls. Do you have short blonde hair? You can recreate this look just use some hair extension.
32. Bridal Bohemian Fish Braided Crown
A crown of blonde boho braids sits atop beautiful beach waves. A large barrel curling iron or large curlers can be used to achieve the perfect curls if your hair is naturally straight. This is a stunning bridal fishtail braid crown that tells the world you are a flower child at heart.
33. Cute And Easy Hairstyle For Women
This beautifully detailed infinity braid crown is surprisingly simple to achieve. Start with a base of shiny, healthy hair and begin with a fishtail braid on each side of the head. Then, seamlessly join them together in the back to create an infinity braid. You can let the tightly twisted pattern shine, or you can add accessories to make the look more special.
34. Stunning Bridal Fishtail Braid Updo
A low bun at the base of the neck is enhanced by the addition of a large loose fishtail braid that is wrapped around the bun for added texture. Minimal accessories are all that is needed for this stunning fishtail updo. Accent this style with a small floral headband, as pictured, or use some bling to significantly up the wow factor. Either way, you will look beautiful as you walk down the aisle.
35. Single Side Swept Bohemian Fishtail Braid
A single side-swept fishtail braid is accompanied by a soft curl to gently frame the face. Pro tip: wrap a piece of your hair around the rubber band to disguise it. Pair this hairdo with neutral makeup and minimal accessories for a cute and natural look that shines as bright as the sun.
36. Multiple Layered Hairstyle Fishtailed French Twist
Multiple fishtails are layered together to create a beautiful french twist to top off your special event dress. You can even add a fresh flower that complements your outfit. Weddings, anniversaries, and holiday events are just some of the occasions where fishtail braid hairstyles will turn heads.
37. Big Elsa Braid For The Beautiful Bride
No better way to style long ice blonde locks for your wedding than to imitate Elsa with a giant fishtail braid. Use a texturizing spray to maintain volume throughout the day and hairspray to keep stray hairs in place. You can add accessories if desired, but this is one look you’ll never want to let go.
38. Fishtail Braid With Oversized Scrunchie
A large braid needs very little to make a statement. The key to creating the big, relaxed braid is starting low at the neck and using chunky pieces of hair to twist the braid. Add the finishing touch with an oversized accessory, like this sheer scrunchy. But you can improvise with whatever large hair decoration you have on hand, whether a large flower or hair clip, for this easy hairstyle.
39. Fiery Red Five Strand And Fishtail
A fiery red fishtail and a five-strand braid are paired in the hairstyle. Both braids start at the side of the head and curve around to the back where they are combined into a single traditional braid. While it’s possible to get a vibrant red color from a box, it’s best to see a professional colorist for optimal results.
40. Blonde Butterfly Braid And Baby’s Breath
How to you turn a long, messy braid into something more special? Add multiple butterfly accessories and baby’s breath to braided hair to create a cute and easy hairstyle. If butterflies aren’t your thing, try incorporating hummingbirds or floral elements instead. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create your own unique look.
41. Off Center Fishtail Braid Bridal Bun
Fishtail braid hairstyles are an ideal style for the bride. Wear this pretty hairstyle with a veil and statement jewelry and all eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle. Create the volume needed to support a veil at the crown with some back teasing and hairspray. Hair will keep its shape despite the weight of the veil.
42. Loose Strands And Boho Fish Braids
This style is another example of how fishtail braiding small sections of hair creates an unexpectedly cool bohemian style with minimal effort. Pairing loose strands of hair with unfinished ends lends to the eclectic vibe. Tiny vivid highlights complete this look. But you could also add a bright, bold color if you desire.
43. Blonde Highlights And Asymmetrical Fishtail Halo
This beautiful fishtail braid hairstyle begins with a side part, and hairs along both sides of the face are then twisted into fishtail braids. Those braids are combined at the back of the head to create a fishtail braid halo. Blonde highlights, a unique combination of brunette and blonde, add dimension to the dark brown hair color. Protect highlights and keep hair shiny with a color-safe shampoo and conditioner.
44. Fishtail Bun With Pretty Tendrils
A fishtail braid down one side of the head is paired with traditional braids and coiled into a low, loose bun. Long, lightly curled tendrils frame the face and the nape of the neck to keep the look soft and ultra-feminine. This style is perfect for both looking and feeling beautiful for a wedding or other special occasions.
45. Unique Fishtail Braid Hair Weaving
Turn your hair into a wearable work of art with these unique fishtail braids. The crown of the hair is divided into three smaller sections, which are fishtail braided down to the ends. Hair from the middle and side sections are woven together to create an interesting pattern that is sure to have your friends asking how you did it.
46. Fishtails With Both Large And Small Braids
This braided proves that fishtail braid hairstyles work just as well with shorter hair, as they do with long hair. And as demonstrated, it’s easy to change the appearance of the braids by varying the size of the sections of hair you use when weaving your hair into the braid. Smaller sections result in a tight, small braids, and larger sections will give you loose, large braids. This is also one of the greatest wedding hairstyles for short hair.
47. Ginger & Spice Double Fishtails So Nice
Natural copper tones and gorgeous thick hair are accentuated by simple side by side braids. A straight middle part and tiny sections of long, healthy hair are combined to create this effortless style. No accessories are needed, as the ginger locks are the real star of this show, but you could always decorate hair as desired to take the style up a notch.
48. Side To Side Loose Fishtail Bun
Beautiful hairstyles can be created with simple techniques. A loose side to side fishtail braid with intentional parts was the foundation for this look. The braid was then twisted into an elegant low bun secured in place with hairpins. Add in flowers or accessories to enhance this style.
49. Fishtail With Weave And Highlights
This pretty hairstyle is achieved by slicking hair back into a tight ponytail and adding some braiding hair to natural hair to create the desired length and volume. Subtle highlights are added for flair. To achieve smooth edges, straighten hair and apply a pomade prior to styling.
50. Royally Regal Fishtail Braided Crown of Hair
You’ve always known you’re a queen, and now so will everyone else when you rock this deceptively simple hairstyle. Start by creating two basic fish braid french braids, then cross them at the nape of the neck and pin them around the face to create a flattering crown of hair. This is a style fit for royalty on her wedding day
51 fabolous fishtail braid hairstyle that will look awesome on you
Whether you’re looking for beautiful fishtail braid hairstyles for a special occasion, or just need new hair ideas for daily work and play, there are a variety of styles to satisfy your every need. From long to short, brunette to blonde, and every color in between, fishtail braid hairstyles are the most versatile of all the styles due to the ability to create a unique style for every women. Elevate your hair game and pick a look you like from these fabulous fishtail braid hairstyles and give it a try today
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