How to Get a Fishtail Braid for Your Wedding

Hair & Beauty

Fishtail braids look carefree, romantic — and complicated. But they're actually really simple to do. (We promise!) Here, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa gives us the secrets so you can DIY one for your pre-wedding parties or big day.

Fishtail Braid Tutorial for Your Wedding

Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Potempa

Classic fishtail braid:

1) Prep damp hair with a flexible mousse, like Aussie Sprunch and Leave-In Conditioner ($3, available at Walmart). Gather all your hair over to one side of your head, and separate your hair into two equal sections on that side.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Potempa

2) Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.

3) Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reach the ends of your hair. To create a fuller, messy style, lightly tug the braid, tugging pieces outward to loosen them.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Potempa

Fishtail bun:

1) Weave a classic fishtail at the nape of your neck.

2) Coil it into a bun, and pin in place with hairpins.

3) Spritz on light-hold hairspray.

Fishtail crown:

1) Create a classic fishtail, low on one side of your head.

2) Wrap the braid over the top of your head from one side to the other, and secure it with plenty of hairpins. If your hair is medium-length or shorter, instead of one braid, make two — one on either side of your head — then pull them up, pinning them together on top of your head.

3) Blast with hairspray.

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