Here’s another tutorial on braiding. This one is a French braided fishtail.

french braided fishtail

Start by grabbing the top section of hair and dividing it into two sections.

split in two

Cross one piece over the other.

cross over

To start the braid, grab a piece of hair from the left side of the head and cross it over to the piece of the braid on the right side. You always want to have two pieces of hair for this braid, so each time you add in some more hair from one side, it just gets added to the section of hair on the opposite side.

start braiding

Keep adding pieces of hair from one side of the head to the other side of the braid, then do the same thing on the other side.

continue braiding

When you get to the bottom of the scalp and have added in all the hair, start taking a piece from each side of the braid and adding it to the other side. (So instead of grabbing hair from the scalp, you are using hair from the braid.) Now you are doing a regular fishtail. So, you have two pieces of hair, and you just keep taking a piece from the outside of one piece and crossing it over to add to the other piece.

just keep braiding

When you get to the bottom, add a ponytail holder. You can see from the photos that the braid dropped down a lot on my daughter’s head from where I started braiding; it really consolidated at the bottom of her scalp. I think it looks pretty like this, but if you wanted it to stay higher, you would have to be sure to make it a tighter braid.

french braided fishtail

We had a few stragglers of hair in the front that didn’t stay in the braid, so we added a headband to hold them in a little better. What do you think?

side view of braid

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42 Responses to French Braided Fishtail

  1. Rebecca says:

    I found you through Anna’s party and am so glad! Your photos and tutorial are awesome! I am one of Anna’s Monday party friends and my readers would love to meet you. If you get a chance, share this at the Meet Me Monday party. Ok….and I want to suggest something. This is a really well done post. Your pictures and tutorial are clear and well written. Add a “pin it” button to your post! If you need help, let me know. I think you may be surprised at how many people it can eventually bring to your blog. Well done and happy I found you either way! Love, Me

  2. That is absolutely beautiful – and what shiny and healthy hair she has!!

  3. cindy says:

    Our oldest daughter spent hours on a train when she was teaching and touring in Russia and China. She was deemed the unofficial hair braider. She had plenty of time and willing participants. Beautiful braids are truely works of art.

  4. Jenni says:

    I have known how to fishtail for a while and NEVER could figure out how to do it french style. I cannot wait for my daughter to home from school!! Thank you so much for sharing. We are going to try the waterfall braid too. AWESOME!!

  5. Sharon says:

    A friend directed me to your blog and I am so glad! I’ve been wanting to learn how to fishtail ever since I was a young girl. Thanks to your post, now I know!

  6. Laura says:

    Good Morning! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I love the fishtail, but never thought of making it a french braided! I know my readers would love this tutorial. I have a link party going on right now at I hope to see you there! Laura

  7. Noemi says:

    hi!!! great tutorial!! i love your web 😀 it’s great!! i have a blog about diy too, here’s the link if you want to see it! kisses!!

  8. Christine says:

    Sooo pretty!! I have the hardest time braiding my daughter’s hair. Your tutorial shows enough detail that I should be able to do it now! Thanks!!

    I would LOVE it if you shared this on my blog:

  9. Lori says:

    Thanks…I’ve got to try this on Amelia…Lori

  10. wow, this looks great, and you did it so neatly! i’ve never made one like that. thanks for showing how to.

  11. Rachel says:

    Really beautiful!!!

  12. This is gorgeous! thank you for linking at Family Ever After!!!!

  13. Vicky says:

    I always wanted to know how to do this. Thanks for the tutorial. Just pinned it! I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from Family Ever After. Vicky from Mess For Less

  14. kiauna says:

    i really loved this tutorial, this is a great and fun hair idea! thank you so much for sharing! i’m keeping it forever. (:

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  16. My mom used to do this to my hair when I was younger!! I couldn’t remember how to do it recently… SO thanks so much for the reminder! :) And thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays this last week!!

  17. Featuring YOU tonight over on my blog. You were one of the top view links at last week’s party. :) Thank you so much for linking up!

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  18. I love it and can’t wait to try it on my daughter tomorrow!

  19. Kris says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been braiding hair for over 25 yrs and I’ve always done the fishtail at the bottom but never could do on the head. THANK YOU! This was an easy quick reference I was able to use this morning.

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