The fish­tail plait made easy

Great for all hair types, a fish­tail braid makes hair look full and vo­lu­mi­nous.

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1 All styles look bet­ter on shiny, healthy hair. Treat your hair in the shower with shine en­hanc­ing prod­ucts. Then, when hair is dry, coat it from roots to tips with dry sham­poo. “You want the hair to have a lot of buildup so the braid looks re­ally thick,” says hair­styl­ist Matt Fu­gate. 2 Part hair and pull it into a very loose pony­tail at the cen­tre of the back of your head (or just off cen­tre if you plan to drape the braid over one shoul­der). Se­cure with a bungee elas­tic or thin, snag-free elas­tic – you need to be able to re­move it later. Then gen­tly tease the tail be­fore di­vid­ing it into two sec­tions. 3 Mist with hair­spray. Now you’re ready to be­gin: Take a 5cm piece from the out­side of the left sec­tion and cross it over to the in­side of the right sec­tion. Do the same on the right side, bring­ing a piece to the in­side left sec­tion. Re­peat. Pull each one tightly – you want it to have lots of lay­ers. When you reach the ends, tie. 4 Next, re­move the elas­tic from the orig­i­nal pony­tail: ei­ther care­fully slide it down the braid or, if you used a bungee elas­tic, un­hook it. This will make the plait fall sev­eral cen­time­tres for a re­laxed look, which is why you need to place the pony­tail so high at the start. 5 Mas­sage the sides of the braid, us­ing your fin­gers to sep­a­rate it slightly un­til it’s big and bulky. If, like Ciara (right), you like loose pieces around your face, pull those out be­fore you start your plait. Curl them with a wide-bar­rel curl­ing iron and then spritz with tex­tur­is­ing or sea-salt spray.

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