Spotted on catwalks, celebrities and glossy magazine covers, the fishtail is the princess of plaits. Whether perfectly neat or purposefully messy, I can safely say that it is the hottest hairstyle for spring summer. And what’s more, the seemingly complicated pattern of this sea-inspired style is in fact very simple, making it a key trend to try this season.
Eager to turn my own locks into a styling masterpiece, I enlisted the help our lovely Ecommerce Assistant, Ezetie, to show me how to work this wonderful weave…
When it comes to the fishtail, I believe that bigger is better – but you don’t need endless, Rapunzel-esque tresses. Clever clip-in hair extensions are perfect for adding extra volume and length. We used these long silky extensions from Lauren’s Way in Blonde Bomb Shell for an instant boost.
Step one - prepping
Smooth out and detangle your hair so that it’s easy to handle, before dividing into two even sections.
Step two - getting started
Starting from the right, take a small section (2cm) of the hair from the far left and add to the right side.
Step three – alternate
After you’ve added a strand to your right side, take a small strand (2cm) from the far right, pull across and add to the left side.
Step four - weave away
Continue weaving strands across alternating sides – left to right, left to right – keeping the sections tight and evenly spaced.
Step five – finishing up
Once you’ve weaved your way down and created a pretty-looking plait, simply secure it with a hair band. If you like the preened look – nip in flyaways with a hair pin; if you prefer the relaxed look, just tease and loosen the strands.
See – it really is very easy. Once you’ve mastered the basics, there are endless styling elements to try. You can experiment with different strand thicknesses, take it to a side plait or incorporate ribbons and threads.
Will you be attempting a fancy plait this weekend? If you try a fishtail, be sure to tweet me a photo @bouxavenue.
Lots of love,
Miss B x