Faux Fishtail Braid

Faux Fishtail Braid looks like a fishtail braid but is actually a thousand times easier. There isn’t any braiding involved so nearly anyone can do it!

This hairstyle features four “topsy tails” and I don’t think I have ever done a hairstyle with a topsy tail. Where that name came from I’ll never know but I remember wearing them in elementary as a single ponytail version. I am so glad it has evolved into cuter styles since then!

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Faux Fishtail Braid

  • Step 1 / With a part on the right side, pick up a section of hair on the heavy side of the part and wrap it with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 2 / Create a topsy tail by making a gap above the elastic and flip the tail up and through the gap, then pull it down tight.
  • Step 3 / Gently loosen the hair of the topsy tail so it will hide the elastic.
  • Step 4 / Pick up a new section of hair below the first topsy tail and tie this off with another elastic.
  • Step 5 / Create a second topsy tail by flipping the hair through a gap and pulling it tight again.
  • Step 6 / Bring hair around from the right side of the head and create two more topsy tails with the rest of the hair.
  • Step 7 / Take a section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the last elastic.
  • Step 8 / Wrap a new elastic over the tail and pull it tight. The hair that was wrapped around the band will hide both of these elastics.
  • Step 9 / Finish by spraying the style with hairspray to set it.

Faux Fishtail Side Braid


  1. Marci
    September 17, 2015 / 4:39 PM

    I love this style, but my hair seems to be too thin to work. The gaps between the elastics and thickness of the “faux braids” didn’t work. How could I prevent this? I was thinking of curling my hair to start and using a texture spray first.

  2. March 2, 2015 / 5:59 AM

    So smart! The fishtail is the hardest braid for me and with layers pieces always fall out almost immediately afterwards. I love this “cheat”. Looks beautiful and is so much simpler!

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