VIDEO: The half-up, half-down fishtail braid
Recreate the style inspired by TRESemmé’s NYFW runway look
By Carli Alman
Beauty Crew Editor / January 19 2017
A few weeks ago I went to New York with TRESemmé to see what the talented team of TRESemmé hairstylists were creating backstage at New York Fashion Week.
The Rachel Zoe show was all about the fishtail braid, with the intricate style created on either side of the hair part and joined together at the back of the head, and then again down the back of the head.
Inspired by TRESemmé Hair Stylist Jeannie Syfu’s work, I created my own take on the look, and here’s how you can do the fishtail braid, too.
Create volume and texture
To give your style some lived-in texture and oomph, apply a mixture of TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam and Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Salt Spray from roots to tips, and dry off.
Start your first fishtail braid
Section some hair next to your part and split it into two even halves
Create the fishtail braid
How to do a fishtail braid can be tricky, so we’ll try break it up for you.
With your hair section halved, take a small section from the outside of the back half, bring it into the centre, and join it to the front section of the front half. Then take a small section from the outside of the front half, and bring it into the middle, joining it to the inside of the back section. If this is a bit confusing for you, we highly recommend watching the video above to see the process in action.
Repeat the braiding technique
Continue this process until you get to the end of the section.
Pin the fishtail braid back
Use a bobby pin to secure the fishtail braid at the back of your head.
Fishtail braid the other side
Repeat steps 2-5 on the other side of your part.
If you feel like you’ve mastered how to do a fishtail braid and are game enough, create a third fishtail braid that runs down the centre of the back of your head where your two side-fishtail braids meet – just like the one seen created by TRESemmé’s Jeannie Syfu at Rachel Zoe.
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Carli is BEAUTYcrew’s Editor and has been since the site launched in 2016. She is currently on a quest to find the perfect medium-coverage foundation for combination skin, is trying to narrow down her mascara collection to just three, and is embracing the power of AHAs. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.