Fishtail braids were all over the SS15 catwalks and the trend has quickly filtered down to multiple street stylers who’ve adopted this Pre-Raphaelite-esque hairstyle and brought it bang up to date. Effortlessly chic and romantic (everything we look for in a SS hairstyle), read on for top tips from some of the industry’s experts, or watch the video, courtesy of Get The Gloss and Bruce Masefield, for a step-by-step guide you can recreate at home.
Who wears it well?
Blake Lively and Sienna Miller are the queens of fishtail braids – just look to Pinterest for inspiration.
Will it suit my hair?
“This look can be done on shorter and mid-length hair as well as long locks,” says Sam Burnett, Owner and Creative Director at HARE & BONE. “If you do have shorter hair, rather than creating one large braid, try taking smaller sections around the face on either side of your parting and/or behind the ear and creating smaller fishtails. You could also pull your hair back into two ponytails and pin at the back or on top of your head, this is more of a ‘90s version and works well on short hair too.”
“The fishtail looks best when it is full of volume” says Charles Worthington. “Lightly back-brush each section to not only add volume but make your braid last longer. If you have time, crimping random sections of hair also adds bulk.”
Products to use
“For a clean and neat effect I'd recommend using Jo Hansford Illuminoil to tame flyaways and leave a sleek finish,” suggests Jo Hansford, founder of the her eponymous luxury Mayfair salon. “For the messy beach braid look, try using L'Oreal Next Day Hair – a powder spray to add texture and create a tousled effect.”
Clean or second day hair?
Charles Worthington suggests using second day hair, “so long as the roots are not greasy – just make sure to apply a volumising spray to dry hair to plump-up and add mega volume.”