Fishtail braids are hotter than ever. And while a popular way is to wear them is tousled and off to the side, here's something else you can do to make these pretty plaits all the more interesting: just add color. To re-create the look, all you need is a few color clip-on hair extensions and a touch of dexterity. You're well on your way to some rather festive fishtailing.
Start with four colored clip-on extensions. We used Hair U Wear's
Put on Pieces Color Strips ($8 each).
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If You're Happy and You Know It Clip Your Hair
Next, clip in each strip to the back of your hair, just above the nape. Leave enough hair on top to cover the clips.
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Now, simply divide the hair into two sections.
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Take about a one-half- to one-inch portion of hair from the very outer portion of the right section and cross it over so that it joins the left section.
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Now, the Next Side
Do the same exact step on the other side: take about a one-half- to one-inch section of hair from the very outer portion of the left side and cross it over so that it becomes part of the right section. Think of this as wrapping the hair in a figure-8 pattern.
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Do You See Where This Is Going?
Repeat, taking a section from the right and moving it over to the left. Note: don't worry if you don't see the colored extensions peeking through just yet. They will eventually show up.
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Hold on Tight
Be sure to keep a firm grip on both sections of hair as you're working to ensure your braid stays put.
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Keep On Keeping On
Note how the color randomly and unexpectedly peeps through as you move down to the end of the braid.
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In lieu of fishtailing all the way down, create an element of surprise by braiding regular, three-strand-style as you get towards the middle to end.
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And here's the finished product: a fun fishtail you can wear all year round.
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