In the past we did a sweepstakes with Shu Uemura where we posted images of four different braid styles and let our Facebook fans vote for their favorite. The winning look was an off-to-the-side wrapped fishtail, so we traveled to see the stylist who created the look, Carter Todd at the John Barrett salon, to give us a step-by-step breakdown. Click through for the entire photo tutorial!
Step 1: Prep hair with Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, which acts as a smoother (flyaways are a braid’s worst enemy). Section off two large pieces at the front of your head (these won’t be a part of the braid).
Step 2: Pull the remaining hair at the back of your head into a low side pony and secure with an elastic. Next, divide the pony into two equal parts.
Step 3: Take a small piece from the outside of one pony, pull it over the top, and connect it to the inside of the second pony.
Step 4: Do the same thing on the other side by taking an outside piece from the second pony, pulling it over the top, and connecting it to the inside of the first pony. Keep repeating.
Step 5: And repeat and repeat! Once your at the end of your hair, secure with a clear elastic (you can use a curling iron to finish the ends).
Step 6: Now it’s time to address the front pieces. Using a curling iron, loosely curly everything that isn’t pulled back into the braid.
Step 7: Once everything is curled, go back to your braid and gently tug at some pieces. Do it in a balanced way, but the idea is to make the braid look imperfect and less done. Once you’re satisfied with the look of the fishtail, take the front pieces of hair on the right side of your face and wrap them over and around the base of your side braid. Secure with bobby pins.
Step 8: Take the front pieces from the left side and wrap them under and around the base of your braid. Secure with bobby pins. Lastly, finish off your look by setting it with Shu Uemura’s Lacquer hairspray.
Want to master the regular fishtail first? Check out these helpful photos.