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Create a Messy Fishtail Braid in 6 Easy Steps

Who doesn’t love a fishtail braid? The style is a bit of an elevated take on the classic three-strand braid and can be worn during a cozy night in or for an evening out on the town. While the braid does look intricate, it’s a fairly simple style to master. Need a little guidance on how to create a fishtail braid? We figured as much, which is why we put together this step-by-step guide on how to get the look. Scroll below to discover how to do a messy fishtail braid!

How to Do a Messy Fishtail Braid

Step 1: Prep the hair.

Before you get into the braiding, you’ll want to start off with a bit of prep. We suggest using the Sachajuan Ocean Mist to create a bit of texture in your hair. This will help make the classic fishtail a little messier.

Step 2: Tease the hair.

Once the mist is in, time to tease your hair a bit. Start at the root to create a bit of lift. The Salonchic Deluxe Triple Teasing Comb is our tool of choice for this step.

Step 3: Braid.

Now comes the most essential part of the process, the braiding. Start by splitting your hair into two. This can be done straight down the middle or slightly off-center. Remember, we are making a messy fishtail braid here.

Once your hair is split how you would like, take a tiny strand from the outside of the split section and add it to the second section, wrapping it underneath. Then, do the same for the other side. You’ll continue with this braiding motion until you’ve almost reached the end.

Step 4: Tease the ends.

Now that your braid is finished and secure, time to tease the ends a bit. You can use the same comb you did when you teased your roots.

Step 5: Apply texture spray.

Spritz your strands with the Oribe Dry Texture Spray. To up the messiness of this braid, rough up the texture by running your hands up the braids and picking random pieces to fan and pull out.

Step 6: Mist with hairspray.

When you’ve reached your desired texture and are pleased with the final look of your messy fishtail braid, mist some Oribe Superfine Hairspray to hold it in place.

Want to take your fishtail braid up a notch? Try embellishing it! If you need some inspo, HERE are seven embellished braid styles we’ll never get over!

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