Dutch Fishtail Mohawk Braid

Take your favorite style up a notch with a Dutch fishtail mohawk braid. Whether you love the half up bun or a more simple ponytail, adding an accent braid can take your hairstyle to that next level. I love this look for wearing everyday and once you get down the basics for creating this braid you can wear it to fit your own personal style. Whether you add a mini bun or big messy bun, this is a great technique to keep in your beauty routine.

Dutch Fishtail Mohawk Braid Supplies:

  • Rattail Comb
  • 2 Hair sectioning clips
  • 1 Hair elastics
  • 1-2 Bobby pins
  • 1 Hair band
  • Hairspray

Dutch Fishtail Mohawk Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by brushing the hair straight back from the hairline.
  • Step 2 / Create a part on the left side of the head and clip down the bottom hair.
  • Step 3 / Then create a similar part on the right side, clipping down the bottom hair.
  • Step 4 / Pick up a small section of hair at the hairline and divide it into three sections. Cross the right section under the middle. Then cross the left under the middle strand.
  • Step 5 / Now combine the middle strand with the right strand and we’re going to switch to a fishtail braid.
  • Step 6 / Take a small section from the right side, cross it underneath and add it into the left side. Pick up a new piece of hair and cross it under to the left side too.
  • Step 7 / Then take a small piece from the left side, cross it under to the right. Pick up a new section of hair and cross it under to the right side as well.
  • Step 8 / ContinueΒ creating a dutch fishtail braid so just continue crossing small section from the outer edge underneath to the opposite side and bringing in new sections of hair until the braid reaches the back of the crown.
  • Step 9 / Braid a few more stitches of a fishtail braid, grab a comb and gently backcomb the end of the braid so that it doesn’t unravel.
  • Step 10 / Go back and gently pull on the sides of the braid to make it a wider and more full.

Mini Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Place an elastic band over the fingers of the right hand.
  • Step 2 / Take the end of the braid and grip it in the right hand.
  • Step 3 / Use the left hand to pull the elastic band halfway over the hair.
  • Step 4 / Twist the left hand underneath the section, twisting the elastic band at the same time.
  • Step 5 / Release the left thumb and pop it into the elastic band.
  • Step 6 / Grab the base of the bun and wrap the elastic band once more over the top.
  • Step 7 / Then take the ends and loop them back into the elastic band to create another loop.
  • Step 8 / Move the bun around and pin down any loose pieces until you like the way it looks.

I love the edgy look of this style and think it gives the half up bun a new kick.

Ponytail Instructions:

  • Step 1 / After finishing the braid, brush the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and tie it off with a hair band.
  • Step 2 / Divide off a small section of hair from the ponytail, wrapping it around the hair band and secure it underneath with a bobby pin.

I think this is such a great style for playing sports, wearing to the gym or really just to keep your hair up and out of the way.

High Bun Instructions:
Another great way to style this braid is with a messy bun and here’s my favorite way to do one.

  • Step 1 / Start by brushing the hair up high on the head. Place a hair band over the fingers on the right hand and grip the ponytail with the same hand.
  • Step 2 / With the left hand, pull the hair band over the ponytail until it’s about half way through.
  • Step 3 / Take your left thumb and place it underneath the ponytail, right under the hair band, grabbing it with the thumb and pointer finger to grip it in the left hand.
  • Step 4 / With the remaining four fingers still gripping the hair band, twist the hand downwards, twisting the ponytail at the same time and bring the hand underneath the hair.
  • Step 5 / Release the thumb, letting go of the hair, and pop the thumb into the hair band.
  • Step 6 / Twist the hand towards the base of the bun and grip the hair with that hand.
  • Step 7 / Use the right hand to pull the hair band off of the left hand, wrapping it down around the base of the bun. This creates the first two loops of the bun.
  • Step 8 / Pull on the right bun to tighten the hair against the head.
  • Step 9 / Take the remaining hair sticking out from the bun and loop it back into the hair band to create the third loop of the bun.
  • Step 10 / Smooth flyaways with hairspray and set the style.

Top knots are always an easy go-to for me so I love how this fishtail braid adds an extra edge to an otherwise basic hairstyle.


  1. October 23, 2018 / 11:51 PM

    This is such a pretty hairstyle, Missy! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Cathy
    July 22, 2017 / 1:06 PM

    Great hair idea!can I ask where you got your white lace top in the one pic?

    • August 13, 2017 / 12:06 AM

      Hi Cathy (: the white lace top is from Forever 21

  3. November 15, 2016 / 6:37 AM

    It looks amazing! That is all I can say. Do you think this would also work for medium hair? I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but it is definitely on my list! I think it would be perfect for the Christmas party I am attending next month – not too pretentious, but definitely not something to overlook.

    • November 21, 2016 / 12:56 AM

      Hi Tiffany! Thank you! I do think this would work for medium length hair! That would be so cool if you wore it for your Christmas party! <3

  4. Honnea
    October 29, 2016 / 11:33 PM

    You are awesome at hairstyles

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