Posts Tagged ‘fishtail’



Friends… our videos are back! Hooray!!! First up is the fishtail braid. The hardest thing about doing a fishtail braid on yourself is getting it started. In this video, I’m giving you one of my favorite secret tricks… start with a clear elastic then cut it out at the end. By starting with a clear elastic at the top, you never have to worry about holding 4 confusing pieces together to get your braid going. You can just go straight into it!

Tools: 2 clear elastics, scissors, patience.


  • For a smoother braid, brush your hair out first. For a messier braid, leave the natural texture and separate the hair with your fingers.
  • Create a ponytail using a clear elastic.
  • Split the ponytail into two separate pieces.
  • Take a piece from the first side and pass it to the 2nd side.
  • Next take a piece from the 2nd side and pass it back to the 1st side.
  • Once you’ve finished your braid, go in with your scissors and CAREFULLY cut the clear elastic at the top.
  • Optional: gently pull on the pieces to loosen it up if you wish!

When you’re fishtail braiding, don’t think too hard! You’re simply making X’s. Also, remember that when you take the little piece from one side and pass it to the other side, you don’t need to keep track of it. Now get to it and show us what you’ve got! Tweet photos of your fishtails to us on twitter @TBDofficial.


photo and post design by kristin ess

Okay, lady bugs! Our video tutorials are back. HOORAY! By far the #1 request in my inbox has been for THE FISHTAIL BRAID! After you watch this tutorial, all of you will know exactly how it’s done. I’m including one very tricky little secret and Lauren’s going to show you how it’s done. Even the most uncoordinated person will be able accomplish this intricate ‘do. That’s a big promise and I’m stickin’ to it. Don’t forget to stop by Friday!


As you may know, the Teen Choice Awards were last Sunday. The radiant Nikki Reed went for full Boho beauty and here’s how I got the look:

  • First, we added waves to Nikki’s hair for texture. To get waves, follow THIS.
  • The night before, I pre-made a fishtail braid using an individual clip-in extension. I sewed it to a strip of elastic chord to create a braided headband that would match the golden brown tones in Nikki’s hair exactly.
  • Next, I put the headband around her head and tied it together in the back at the bottom, securing all the way around with small brown bobby pins.
  • I then tucked her hair up in to the headband in back until it created a texture-y chignon shape.
  • Last I secured the tucked hair with large bobby pins to make sure it wouldn’t slide out of the headband. I let the pieces around the face fall out for softness and lightly sprayed all over with a medium holding hairspray so it would still move.

It’s literally one of the easiest updos and always a big hit! It’s AWESOME for short hair because you don’t need much length to tuck the hair into the back of the headband. (Spoiler alert: This is one of our short hair video tutorials coming up!) Always take a couple extra bobby pins with you when you go out just in case  any pieces come loose.


photo:  post designed by kristin ess

It’s hot out. If you want to get long hair off your neck in a fancy way, create a fishtail braid to one side (tutorial coming soon!) and tie it off with a clear elastic. Wrap it around the front of your head, following the hairline and pinning it as you go. As I pin, I like to use larger bobby pins at first, and then move to smaller ones as I get toward the end. The bigger bobby pins give more support and help hold up the heaviest part of the braid which is the base. Last you want to tuck the tail of the braid under and pin to hide the elastic. I wouldn’t even brush it. Just let the texure be. SO gorgeous!