How To French Fishtail Braid

Explore the art of intricately detailed braids in this blog post on mastering the French version of the fishtail braid. Follow our step-by-step guide to create an elegant, chic, and timeless hairstyle!

This post is all about french fishtail braids!

 

What is a french fishtail braid?

The main difference between a fishtail braid and a french fishtail braid lies in the technique used to create them.

Fishtail Braid – In a traditional fishtail braid, you divide the hair into two sections and take small pieces from the outer edges, crossing them over to the opposite side. The process is repeated, alternating sides, creating a distinctive pattern that resembles a fishtail.

French Fishtail Braid – A French fishtail braid, on the other hand, incorporates the French braiding technique. This involves adding small sections of hair to the braid as you weave it. Instead of crossing hair strands directly over each other, you pick up additional sections from the sides and add them to the braid as you go along. This creates a more intricate and textured look compared to a regular fishtail braid.

In summary, the French fishtail braid adds hair to the braid, while the traditional fishtail braid starts with all the hair, not needing to add any hair, which also makes it a bit easier to do.

French fishtail

 

How long does it take to french fishtail braid?

The time it takes to create a french fishtail braid depends on variable factors such as your level of experience, length of hair, and your hair texture. But on average it will take between 20-30 minutes 

As a beginner, it will take a bit longer as you are getting used to the technique, but with practice, you can significantly cut on braiding time!

 

What styling products do I need for braiding?

You don’t need that many things to do lots of hairstyles, but there is a few basic items, that you need. Most you probably already have, but if you don’t then these are some items I would recommend having!

 

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French fishtail braids

 

How do I french fishtail braid 

Prep the hair

Before you begin braiding brush your hair through to get rid of any tangles, as tangled hair will make any braid 100 times harder to do!

If your hair is slippery, then use a grip powder/texturizing spray to give the hair more grip so it stays in place more easily! 

 

Step-by-step guide

  1. Take a small section of hair on the top of the head and split it into 2 equal sections
  2. Then cross the right strand over the left strand so they switch places
  3. Now pick up a new section of hair from the left side and add it to the right strand
  4. Then pick up a new section of hair on the right side and cross it over and add it to the left strand
  5. Pick up a new section of hair on the left side  
  6. Now take a small section of the left strand and add it to the hair you just picked up
  7. Now cross the new section of hair over and add it to the right strand
  8. Pick up a new section of hair on the right side.  
  9. Then take a small section from the right strand and add it to the hair you just picked up
  10. Now cross the new section of hair over and add it to the left strand
  11. Repeat steps 5-10 until there is no more hair to add to the braid
  12. When there is no more hair to add to the braid, then braid the rest of the hair like a basic fishtail braid

This post was all about learning how to french fishtail braid as a complete beginner!

 

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