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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9 years ago

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.


9 years ago

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,

9 years ago

This is amazing! The hair is absolutely stunning


9 years ago

This is such a cool and useful trick!

xx Cheyenne

9 years ago

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


9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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?


9 years ago

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

9 years ago

LOVE THIS WOW! I adore this!


9 years ago

I love this!

9 years ago

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,


9 years ago

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9 years ago

Stunning! I love her Khaleesi hair!





9 years ago

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!!


9 years ago

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

9 years ago

Very pretty, much quicker than a fishtail braid! Gorgeous hair accessories too x
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9 years ago


9 years ago

Cool idea! This looks really pretty.

9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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


9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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 :)

9 years ago

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 :)

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9 years ago

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

9 years ago

Can anyone post a link for that shirt?