Step By Step Fishtail Braids

Want something different and fun for the summer? Why not try a fishtail braid? They’re a great look for just about any style and while they may look difficult, they’re actually easier than you think. The braid works best on hair that is shoulder-length or longer and has not been layered. The best way to try out this braid is to have a friend help you. Once you get the hang of it, you can try braiding on your own.

  • Begin by, placing clean, dry hair into a ponytail.
  • Next, divide the ponytail into two equal parts. Take a small section from underneath the left part and cross it over to the right part.
  • Hold the ponytail securely with your left hand and take a small section of hair from underneath the ride side.
  • Next, bring the section from underneath the right across to the left of your hair.
  • Now, hold the right side securely with your right hand and then repeat steps until you’ve reached the end of the ponytail. Make sure that you allow enough of an end to prevent the braid from coming undone.
  • Finally, Secure the ends of the hair with a ponytail holder that is safe on hair.

For a Full Fishtail Braid

  • Start by parting your hair down the middle. Now, take a small section from the right side of your part and twist it away from the face.
  • Using a comb, separate a ½-inch section just below the first section along with your face and twist it away from your face, adding it to the first piece.
  • Repeat the 2nd step, adding pieces along your hairline until you’ve reached the neck. Secure the hair into place at the neck with a clip.
  • Next, take the left side of your part and twist it away from your face.
  • Separate a ½-inch section just below the first section, twisting it away from the face and then adding it to the first piece.
  • Repeat the step just as you did with the right side until you’ve reached the neck.
  • Once you have reached the nape of your neck, unclip the right side and grasp both the left and right sides into two separate sections with your hands.
  • Now, pull a ½ inch section of the hair from the right side, adding it to the left side. Continue the step by adding a piece from the left side to the right side.
  • Finish by continuing to add ½ inch sections until you’ve left just enough at the ends to prevent the braid from coming undone. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Finally, keep in mind that to keep the fishtail appearance, you’ll need to be sure that each of the sections is pulled tightly as well as equaled in thickness.

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Now that you’re finished, you can add hair jewels, clips, pins, ribbons or other hair ornaments to the braid to give it some added romance or pizzazz. The hair ornaments aren’t necessary however since this braid looks great alone. Happy Braiding!

Romantic Hairstyles For your Special Evening

Valentine`s Day is the one day of the year when love is in the air and romance is on everyone`s mind. Make sure the romance makes it to your hair as well, by crafting a romantic hairstyle for your special evening out. From the classic updo to the casual cascade of loose curls, you can find the perfect romantic do for your hair type.

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Sweep it Up

The timeless, elegant updo is the first hairstyle that many women consider when it comes to a romantic evening on the town. This look can be as sleek and sophisticated as the French twist, or as playful as bunches of loose curls piled high on your head. Some of these styles are slightly more complicated, so practice before your special evening might be a good idea. Others will look difficult, but you will find them surprisingly easy to do, like the French twist that simply involves twisting a ponytail upwards and securing with hairpins. Some updo will require pinning separate curls in place across the back of your head while a few loose tendrils are left at the nape of the neck and framing the face.

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Most updo will require clean hair that is fully dry, some styling gel or cream for holding power and plenty of straight pins to keep the style in place. You may also need a ponytail holder to start the style and a mist of flexible hold hairspray to keep stray hairs in place when you`re finished. Sleeker looks will be enhanced with a bit of shine serum as well.

For ultimate romance, don`t let your updo stand on its own. Add some sparkle with a few rhinestone hairpins, or some classic romance with a single red rose tucked into your chignon. Hair sticks come in a variety of sizes and shapes to coordinate with the specific outfit that you choose. These can add sophistication and bling peeking out of the top of your twist. And don`t forget to add a pair of glam earrings – the perfect accessory when your hair is swept up.

Leave it Long

If you are blessed with a long, flowing mane, make the most of your locks with some loose curls cascading over your shoulders. Begin with dry hair and an application of shine serum to whip those tresses into noticeable shape. Use hot rollers or a large-barrel curling iron to get the curl that you desire, then finger comb and hold in place with a spritz of flexible-hold hairspray. For additional glitz, go for a piece of hair jewelry at your temple, or catch your locks in a rhinestone headband.

Your special evening out will require a special look, and that includes your hairstyle. Make sure your tresses say romance with a do that will radiate classic elegance. Whether you sweep it up or leave it long and wavy, your hair will be the final touch to your romantic look for Valentine`s Day.