The fishtail braid is a simple variation of the standard braid. Instead of separating hair into three sections, the fishtail braid involves separating hair into two pieces and crossing over strands of hair to produce a herringbone pattern. The "French" variation of the fishtail braid -- similar to the classic French braid -- starts near the top of the head rather than the nape of the neck. Fishtail French braids are appropriate for formal occasions, school or sports.
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Gather a small handful of hair from the back centre of the head, as though starting a classic French braid.
Separate the hair into two sections.
Take a skinny strand of hair from the right side of the face, pull it back and cross it over to join the left hair section.
Take a skinny strand of hair from the left side of the face, pull it back and cross it over to join the right hair section.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all hair is incorporated into the two sections. You may now pull the rest of your hair into a ponytail or continue braiding the "tail" part of the braid.
Take a skinny strand of hair from the right section, cross it over to the left section and pull tight.
Take a skinny strand of hair from the left section, cross it over to the right section and pull tight.
Repeat steps 6 and 7 until all hair is braided. Secure the end with a hair tie.
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