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Easy Hair Trick: How to Fake A Fishtail Braid

I may have discovered one of the best little hair tricks out there right now.

The fishtail braid is almost iconic at this point — especially for Free People. From catalogs, to our videos, to the pages of the FP Me style pic gallery, everyone loves to see a good fishtail. Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to this hairstyle, and one thing always seems to hold me be back from wearing my hair like this… time.

I wish there was more of it, but that’s life, right? I have a lot of hair, so it takes several minutes for me to perfect a fishtail braid if I choose to do one, minutes that I don’t always have. That’s why I normally just leave my mane to fend for itself, butĀ this new trick that I learned may just change all that. It’s the fastest way to get the look of a fishtail braid without actually doing one, and the result is absolutely beautiful. So, how does one work such magic? Let me show you:

Step One:


Pull your hair back into a low pony. Use a tiny rubber elastic that blends in with the color of your hair.

Step Two:

split hair

Split the hair in half just above the elastic.

Step Three:

push trhough

Loop the hair up and push the pony through the opening (remember this from childhood?).

looped hair

Step Four:

tine another pony

Use another rubber elastic to section off more hair just below the first.

Step Five:


MakeĀ the same split as you did in step two.

Step Six:

pull through

Repeat step three and loop the hair up again and push it through the opening.

Step Seven:


Create one more section in the pony using a third rubber elastic.

Step Eight:


Once again, loop the end of the pony through the opening.

fishtail lead


Voila! A faux-fishtail braid! How cool does this look? And so simple! Add in a head piece or other hair accessories to finish off the look. I love how soft and romantic it can look… perfect for a date night or Valentine’s Day!


You can do a lot of variations of this hairstyle, so have fun and get creative!

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Alexa -January 23, 2015, 7:31AM

Just happened to browse BLDG25 whilst thinking to myself, how should i do my hair today? Thanks for giving me the answer. This looks gorgeous, love the way you’ve presented the post too.

Alexandra -January 23, 2015, 7:54AM

Brilliance! I am yet to master the fishtail – and my hair is thick and there’s a lot of it so my arms ALWAYS get tired. I love the jewels you put in this!

Warm Regards,

Hayley-Eszti -January 23, 2015, 7:58AM

This is amazing! The hair is absolutely stunning

Cheyenne -January 23, 2015, 8:05AM

This is such a cool and useful trick!

xx Cheyenne

zadig -January 23, 2015, 8:09AM

That hair is WICKED! And the greyish colour! This post has made me wish I had long hair

rae -January 23, 2015, 8:53AM

This is such a great idea for a hairstyle – I actually have no problems with making fishtail braids, but I love this look too, so I would still try this out!

Rae | love from berlin

Elizabeth Rose -January 23, 2015, 9:44AM

This is the best hack I have seen on here!!! My only other problem with fishtails is that my hair frizzes out so it looks a mess in a bad way. Do you guys know any all natural ways to keep frizz from dominating your braids?

Zaida -January 23, 2015, 10:00AM

I am definetely going to try this hairstyle. It looks so elegant and beautiful!

Leandra Guillet -January 23, 2015, 10:16AM

LOVE THIS WOW! I adore this!

dee -January 23, 2015, 10:42AM

I love this!

Susan -January 23, 2015, 11:47AM

Wow that’s so totally amazing that it’s so easy but it looks as if it’s not! Thank you for sharing!
By the way you have the most Gorgeous Hair!

Best Wishes,

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Michaela Jean -January 23, 2015, 12:37PM

Stunning! I love her Khaleesi hair!



Megan b -January 23, 2015, 1:19PM

Fishtail braid is pretty much my go to daily hairstyle. I have a lot of hair too, so I usually sleep in mine for a couple days, fix any crazy messiness that happens while I sleep. But I do find that it looks best on day two hair with all its disheveled glory!! Love the photos, gorgeous as always!!

Emilee -January 23, 2015, 1:57PM

Wow, so simple! Honestly, I think this looks even cuter than a traditional fishtail braid.

Eleanor -January 23, 2015, 2:45PM

Very pretty, much quicker than a fishtail braid! Gorgeous hair accessories too x
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emma ward -January 23, 2015, 3:03PM


LEE @ Modern Granola -January 23, 2015, 4:27PM

Cool idea! This looks really pretty.

Katie -January 23, 2015, 5:04PM

I’ve searched the free people website up and down for this top and can’t find it. Is it still available?

Gemma Carey -January 23, 2015, 6:10PM

This looks so cute and easy! Will definitely be trying this :)

Lauren -January 23, 2015, 6:54PM

I love this! it looks so quick and easy and fish tailing your hair can be such a pain i will be doing this in the future :)
Lauren xx

Tatiana Cunningham -January 23, 2015, 10:15PM

I wish I knew about this trick when I had hair! Now I’m wearing a pixie cut and have so may ideas for when my hair grows back! I guess I’ll just play with it in all of the in-between stages until then :)

Maxene -January 24, 2015, 4:15AM

Thanks for the trick. Love the idea and your hair :) By the way, I saw a similar dress and accessories you have. Definitely channeling this look and vibe :)

Hey girls check this link have a great day!!

truly, Addia -January 24, 2015, 6:04AM

This is lovely! thanks for the clear instructions.. will have to let my hair grow bit longer now…

Hannah -January 24, 2015, 8:20AM

Can anyone post a link for that shirt?

ANNE {Anne's Scribbles and Doodles} -January 24, 2015, 10:10AM

Oh wow this is amazing! I’ve never thought of fish tail braids done like this before. It’s a really good one and saves a lot of time too.

Nina - Silver&Rosy -January 24, 2015, 12:02PM

Wow, looks quite easy but goregeous!!

Anne Tyler -January 24, 2015, 12:03PM

Love it so easy and looks amazing :)

Caitriona Tighe -January 24, 2015, 1:13PM

*Sending you virtual hugs. I suck at fishtails – espesh if Im in a rush to go somewhere so I can never do them before school. This is such a good alternative :D x

Caitriona x

she -January 24, 2015, 8:55PM


Alison -January 25, 2015, 8:47AM

Thanks so much for sharing this! I love fishtails, but can’t do them. This made it so super easy, and looks beautiful! I even did it to my little girl’s hair and it looked beautiful! Thank you!

kathryn -January 26, 2015, 11:50AM

I see many people have asked about this shirt… I can’t find it anywhere on the Free People site! I NEEED it! If anyone finds a link please share! :) <3

sammiederrick -January 26, 2015, 12:28PM

Saving money by doing your own “knock-off” hairstyle is right in line with my discount shopping goals! Love this post, and I’ll be following your great ideas, from now on!

Cora-Lynn -January 26, 2015, 1:50PM

My hair is not quite long enough yet for a proper fishtail, hopefully this will help me!

Jen -January 26, 2015, 11:13PM

Really good tips!
I will try also.

Alexa -January 30, 2015, 12:59PM

It’s always nice to learn new hair tricks and tips to save me money and time. Now I’m hoping my hair is long enough to do something like this!

tanim -January 31, 2015, 2:29PM

This is very nice & needful tips for heair style. Thank you very much for shere this tips.

Hysa -February 4, 2015, 3:36PM

Does anyone know if the top or dress whatever it is in the picture is still available? Thanks!! (:

kalyn -May 24, 2015, 1:22PM

This is easy yet the outcome is so beautiful! Gonna try this today :)
Thanks for sharing!

Kaitlyn -July 25, 2015, 10:46PM

So pretty! I am going to try this now.

– Kaitlyn |

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