Fishtail braids, especially the inverted version, are some of my very favorite braids. They are easy to learn and a great way to embellish your everyday ponytail. I think side ponytails are so cute and easy that I thought it was the perfect time to combine the two together into this fun hairstyle.
If you are new to fishtail braids, this side ponytail would also be really cute with a dutch braid, french braid, or even a regular braid instead. Just swap the fishtail for your favorite braid and you’ve got two new hairstyles!
Double Fishtail Side Pony Supplies:
- Paddle brush
- 2 Clear elastic band
- 1 Fabric hair band
- Firm-hold hairspray
- Optional: 1″ Curling iron
- Gold leaf pin
Double Fishtail Side Pony Instructions:
- Step 1 / Begin by creating a part on the right side and brush through the hair to remove any tangles.
- Step 2 / Then divide off a section of hair from the part down to the left ear, tying the back portion together to keep it out of the way.
- Step 3 / With the front section, divide it into two equal sections. Wrap the front half behind the ear or clip it out of the way.
- Step 4 / Working with the remaining section left down, pick up a small section near the part and divide it into two halves for the Dutch Fishtail Braid.
- Step 5 / Take a small piece from the back section, cross it underneath and add it to the front section.
- Step 6 / Next, take a small piece from the front section, cross it underneath, adding it into the back section.
- Step 7 / Cross a section from the back underneath to the front and then pick up a section of hair, crossing it underneath and adding it into the previously crossed section. *This method is the same as doing a dutch braid where hair is brought in. The two main sections is how the fishtail effect is created.
- Step 8 / Next cross a section from the front underneath to the back, bring in a section, crossing it under as well.
- Step 9 / Now repeat steps 6 and 7 crossing sections underneath, bringing in hair until the braid reaches the temple. Then braid the rest of the section into a regular fishtail braid, without adding in any hair, and tie off the end with a clear elastic band.
- Step 10 / Now let down the front half of the section previously pinned back and repeat the previous steps, creating a second fishtail braid.
- Step 11 / Once both braids are done, gently pull on the edges of each braid to make them wider and more full.
- Step 12 / Now, bring all the hair together into a low ponytail, behind the left ear, tying it with a hair band. (Remove the clear elastic bands from each of the braids)
- Step 13 / Take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap it around the hair band.
- Step 14 / Next, wrap a clear elastic band over the entire ponytail making sure to include the ends of the wrapped section.
- Step 15 / Throw some curls into the ponytail with a 1″ curling iron and set the style with a medium to firm hold hairspray.