Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How to Fishtail Braid

It has been a while since we had a hair tutorial to share with you. The Holidays are coming and we
thought a fish-tail braid seemed only fitting. Pair this stylish hair do with your favorite dress, wedges
and a little gloss and you are good to go.

Step one:
Gather hair into a ponytail and secure with a clear elastic band. 
You can either cut the band for a loose braid or you can wrap the band with hair to 
hide it upon completion.

Step two:
Divide the hair in the pony tail into two equal parts. 
If you would like to wrap the band with hair when finished, leave a small piece aside, 
separate from the two equal parts, and do not include this piece as you braid.

Step three:
Take a small piece from the outside of side one and pass the piece to side two 
(you can decide which side will be one and two). 
Next, take a small piece from the outside  of side two and pass it to side one. 
 Continue this process.  Once you pass each  piece over you can forget about them, 
just let them gather into their new sides.

To keep the braid tight, every so often you can take side one and side two and 
pull them away from each other. This will help tighten the pieces you have 
already placed and braided.

Step four:
Once you have finished the braid (takes a lot longer than a normal three strand braid), 
you can secure the ends with an elastic band.  At this point you can either carefully 
cut the elastic at the top of the braid, or you can take the piece you set aside and
 wrap the band, securing the end with a bobby pin.

For a looser braid, upon completion, you can gently pull the braid apart, 
helping to separate the pieces a bit, loosening the braid.

For a sleeker braid, make sure to brush through your hair first, and try to 
keep the braid as tight as possible.

For a “messy/ boho” braid, you can add texture prior to starting the braid 
by curling your hair or teasing your hair a bit, and don’t worry about keeping the
 braid too tight as you work. This will help the braid to appear a bit thicker 
and looser. Spray with a light finishing spray.

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