Let’s get back to braiding basics. Here’s how it’s done.
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Hair braiding is an art – and one that’s been around for many years. When it comes to choosing a technique or style of braid, you’ll quickly notice that you’re spoiled for choice with a million varieties, many of which offer a sophisticated look for a special occasion. The fishtail braid, for example, is both classic and elegant. But many women find the thought of sitting down to construct the style intimidating. You may be surprised to hear that this braid is not actually all that difficult to achieve. Let’s break it down with a step-by-step guide.
Apply a light styling gel or lotion like Redken Braid Aid 03 to add texture and grip to your hair before you begin braiding.
Gather all of your hair to one side of your head with the help of a brush. Use a tie to secure your hair in a ponytail.
Divide the pony into two even segments, taking one in each hand.
Grab a small section of hair from the left segment, pass it over the rest of the left segment and add it to the inner part of the right segment.
Now, take a section of hair from the inner part of the right segment and pass it all the way over the left segment, adding it to the outer part of the left segment.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the braid is complete.
Use a hair tie to secure the end of the braid.
Using scissors, carefully cut away the tie you first used to secure the top of the braid.
Once you’ve mastered the technique you can begin experimenting with different ways of styling the braid, such as the fishtail braid updo or Dutch fishtail crown braid for a glammed up, head-turning look that works on anyone.
If you still need help getting the look, you may want to turn to an expert. Use our Salon Locator Tool to find a professional who possesses the know-how to construct the perfect fishtail braid for you.
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