Fishtail braid resembles the favorite French twist in many ways but what makes it a distinct design is the fact that it sections the strands into two instead of three like the French style. It is not as old as the other types of twists, and it came as a result of ladies in the 19th century wanting to vary their braid style so as to create a unique look. In the 19th century, some women would refer to it as the Grecian Braid, and this is a good indication of its origins. In the past decades, the design has become one of the most popular types of braids and new variations of this twist are always coming up. And so if you are thinking of knitting your strands, the fishtail is a perfect idea and below are 25 different variations to give you some inspiration on the different styles that you can create.
# 1 French Side Twists into a Fishtail
It is very trendy to combine two types of twists in one style, and this is more so if you have long hair like this one. Here the twists create a half up style, and it entails starting two medium size French twists on the sides and then joining them at the back where you should then knit your strands into a neat fishtail.
This style also combines two types of braids but it look very distinct, and this is due to the incredible thickness of the natural strands and also their fantastic ombre color. To create this lovely headdress, you will need to section your thick ombre strands into two. You should then weave them into two massive French twists that flow to the back and end at the nape of the neck where they transform into some tight and neat fishtails.
# 3 Multicolored Side Fishtail
The multiple shades in this hairdo play an integral role in its creation, and they are one of the main things that make this a top notch style. To replicate this fancy hairdo you first need to give your long textured strands various shades such as green, pink, red and yellow. You should then pull them to one side by twisting them slightly and then finish by spinning them into the massive multicolored fishtail.
# 4 Casual Summer Braids
You need to have a sporty or casual hairdo if you want to beat the summer heat, and so these braids will be perfect for you. They are also very comfortable to wear, and you can have them in a matter of minutes. They entail sectioning your golden blonde strands into two parts and then weaving them into two French twists flowing to the back. However, you should transform each into a thin fishtail a few inches from the end.
# 5 Inventive Fishtail Crown
You will hardly see anyone else with this headdress, and so if you can replicate it, you will look unique. It is also not as difficult as it looks because you will only need to weave your strands into a loose fishtail twist that wraps around the head and finishes in a ponytail-like design at the back. You should also leave a few bangs hanging over the forehead as they help to spice up the overall appearance.
# 6 Elegant Bridal Plait
A hairstyle like this one will ensure that you will be the center of attraction ton your big day, and the best thing about it is that it is very easy to create. To make this hairstyle, you should pull your strands to the side and weave them into a jumbo fishtail that you should style by pushing over the shoulder. And if you accessorize with a beautiful flower on the crown then you will look majestic.
# 7 Sassy Bohemian Fishtail
Bohemian hairdos are always a class above the rest, and this particular one shows why. It entails weaving a small and intricate fishtail from the crown flowing to the back. You should then incorporate more strands a few inches from the back and use them to weave a medium size fishtail twist that flows over your back.
# 8 Cute Mermaid Braid
It is hard to believe that this is a regular fishtail braid because it looks very different. However, its distinct look comes from the fact that it is bigger than what most people are used to, and it is also slightly loose. To create this cute mermaid hair, you should section your strands into two and then weave them into a jumbo size fishtail that flows to the back and finish by tying it with a band. You should also accessorize with a beautiful flower as this will enhance the mermaid appearance.
# 9 Messy but Gorgeous Crown
If you are tired of the same old crown braids, then you should try this unique one. And to create it you will only need to spin your strands into a loose and messy fishtail twist that wraps around the head to form the crown. You should also not incorporate all the strands into the crown, but you should instead leave some flowing freely below it.
# 10 Flower Crown and Mermaid Braid
This hairstyle will convince any woman with a textured long hair to try out a mermaid twist as it looks magnificent. It is also an easy style to create because you only need to knit your strands into a messy fishtail starting at the back of the head and finish it with a hairband. You should then accessorize with a cute flower crown to complete your stunning headdress.
# 11 Blue Fishtail Hawk
The options are endless when it comes to wearing fishtails, and the only thing that may limit you is your creativity. This one is in the middle of the head, and it forms a very inventive faux hawk design that will make any woman look refined. It also has a beautiful and dazzling blue shade that will also add some class to the design.
# 12 Small and Funky Tail on a Red Violet Hair
The red violet shade on this hairstyle is the first thing that will catch your attention because it looks exquisite. However, the long bob also has a lovely blunt haircut and a very creative braid that entails weaving your strands to form a small fishtail over the long and neat red violet bob haircut.
# 13 Beautiful Silver Blonde Braids
Silver blonde is a beautiful hair color, and it also helps to brighten these long textured locks. However, the beautiful color is not enough to make these strands look stylish, and so you still need to give them a lovely style. The fishtail braids in the hairdo demonstrate a perfect example of an ideal style for your long locks. Here there are several of them in a medium size with some starting at the front, but they all end at the back where you should accessorize them with flowers.
# 14 Chic Fishtail Updo
Whether you are a going to a black dress event or your school prom, this hairstyle will still make you the highlight of the event. It is a typical updo, but it looks distinct because it does not just pull the strands together and pin them. Instead, you should weave them into some neat fishtails that start from the sides and end at the back where you should pin them in place to form your formal updo.
# 15 Dutch Fishtail Rows
These fishtail braids have a Dutch pattern whereby the strands cross under each other to form the twist. However, they still look very charming, and they form some very inventive rows. If you want to replicate this fancy headdress you should have a long, voluminous hair and also know how to knit hair flawlessly or use someone who does. Apart from this you also need to give your strands a beautiful ombre color by transitioning from a dark base to a blend of brown and blonde.
# 16 Classic Messy Fishtail
Messy twists are very trendy, and if you want to keep up with the times, you should try this gorgeous hairstyle. It entails twisting and pulling your strands to the back before weaving them into a messy fishtail twist. Although you can have it in any color that you wish, a bright shade such as blonde is the best because it will not only show the pattern better but will also enhance the appearance of the messy design.
# 17 Relaxed Boho Tail
You should not always stick to the traditional way of weaving hair especially if you want a hairdo that will make you stand out. This loose boho twist shows a unique way that you can wear the traditional fishtail braid. To form it you should knit your strands into a loose two strand boho twist that flows diagonally to the side and style by sweeping it over the shoulder. You should also leave a few bangs hanging over the face to accentuate your look.
# 18 Braided Headband
This headdress is another unique take of the traditional fishtail. Instead of weaving complicated twists that flow to the back or sides you should have a simple braid that wraps at the front of the head to form a lovely braided headband. And you should then sweep back the rest of the strands before pinning them at the center of the head to create a stylish updo design.
# 19 Side Twist on Wavy Strands
The thickness and texture of these strands are enough to make them look stunning. However, they also have some beautiful waves and a dazzling dark tone. Even with such perfection you still need something to make your hairdo look distinct. And in this style, this comes in the form of a beautiful twist on the side that adds some elegance to the overall design.
# 20 Shaggy Fishtail Updo
A hairstyle like this one is perfect when you do not feel like doing much but would still wish to have a fashionable look. It entails weaving a small fishtail that wraps around at the center of the head to form a simple and shaggy updo. However, the strands also have a nice texture and some subtle waves that complement their beautiful color to create an adorable hairdo.
# 21 Adorable Blonde Twists
The blonde hue did not become one of the most popular hair colors by chance because it has a way of transforming any hairstyle into something exquisite. In this style, however, it is just a part of the many things that create the refined look. This design entails sectioning the strands into two and then weaving each part into a massive fishtail twist. You should knit the strands from below so that they form a Dutch-like pattern and also make them loose before finishing with rubber bands on the ends to create some pigtails.
# 22 Double Fun Fishtails
A little creativity will always give you a refined hairdo, and this magnificent headdress proves this. To create it you should have a long blonde or brown hair that should also be straight and smooth. The first thing that you need to do is to brush it back and then use a few strands to form the double fishtails at the center of the head.
# 23 Rebel Chic Style
This hairdo is for a lady who wants to wear a distinct and rebellious look. It entails weaving the blonde strands into a messy crown fishtail and leaving some medium size textured bangs flowing freely below it to form a face frame design. You should also spice it up with a floral headband or a cute clip.
# 24 Classy Wrap Around Bride Updo
Although this style looks complicated anyone with basic braiding skills can create it effortlessly. To form this hairdo, you should weave two French braids starting at the front and join them at the center of the head to create a fishtail that wraps around to form the tightly braided updo. For your hair to look this adorable you have to make the braids neat and tight and also have a beautiful blonde shade.
# 25 Creative Purple Fishtail Crown
To form this fantastic hairdo, you should have a long wavy and textured hair. You should then weave the voluminous strands into a tight fishtail twist that wraps around the head. However, you should not incorporate all the strands into the crown-like twist, but you should instead leave some flowing from it to the back in their natural wavy pattern.
A fishtail braid is a simple type of twist that any woman with a medium or long hair can create. You can have it as part of another hairstyle or even combine it with other braid types such as the French or Dutch to form an exquisite headdress. By going through the gallery above, you will have plenty of ideas on how you can wear this elegant hairstyle.