Guest Post: A Guide to Creating a Fishtail Plait
Plaits/braids are everywhere at the moment, from casual dressed down looks to more glam affairs. There’s also been a definite change in bridal looks as many brides opt for braided styles instead of the more structured pleats and intricate rolls. Local Hair and Makeup Artist Hollie Lewis shows us how to do the fishtail braid, which with a little practice can look amazing!
1) Start by splitting the hair into two equal sections, we’ll name them section 1 and 2 –
2) Take a small section from the outside of section 1 …and cross that over the top of section 1 and it becomes part of section 2. Now repeat the process on the other side; take a small outside section from section 2 and cross it over the top of the rest of section 2 to join section 1.
3) Carry on with this process, alternating taking small sections from the outside of 1, crossing over joining it to 2 and vice versa.
4) Carry on as far down the hair as you want to go, then secure with a small transparent elastic (the non snag ones are best, they’re kindest to hair!)
5) Once this is completed, pull the braid apart a little as shown in the picture, this gives a nice finish and the more you pull it apart the better it looks in my opinion – really good if you want to achieve the ‘boho’ relaxed look that is popular at the moment.
6) For best results, take smaller outside sections to cross over than shown in the picture, I have taken fairly large ones so that you could clearly see the technique.
And finally – have fun with it! Pull it apart, add ribbons and accessories and go crazy!
Words and pictures by Hollie.
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