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.