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How to Create a Dutch Fishtail Braid

Braid Hairstyles

How to Create a Dutch Fishtail Braid How to Create a Dutch Fishtail Braid How to Create a Dutch Fishtail Braid

So, you’ve heard of traditional three-strand braids and rope braids, fishtail braids and Dutch braids, but have you ever heard of a Dutch fishtail braid hairstyle? While it may sound unfamiliar, we have no doubt you’ve seen the head-turning hairstyle trend flooding your social feeds. Much like a classic Dutch braid, a Dutch fishtail braid is all about weaving a fishtail braid with an under-handed approach. The result? A gorgeous, voluminous braid that pairs well with any outfit and makeup look. Sound like your cup of tea? We thought it might, so keep reading to learn which hairstyle products you’ll need to stock up on, as well as the step-by-step process to achieve the look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray

Clear Elastic

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray

How to get the look:

Step 1: Add Texture to Your Hair

Anytime you’re working with braids it’s a good idea to start your style off with a solidly textured base to help your braids stay in place. That said, whether you’ve just hopped out of the shower and towel-dried your hair or are working with second-day hair, give your strands a few spritzes of wave spray. This easy-to-use hair spray will instantly transform your strands into beachy waves, a texture that looks especially pretty when paired with Dutch fishtail braids.

Step 2: Comb Your Hair Back

And by comb we mean use your fingers to brush all your hair straight back over your shoulders. We recommend your hands over a brush because Dutch fishtail braids look even more effortlessly beautiful when paired with imperfect texture. In other words, don’t worry about any small lumps and bumps, they’ll add to your look. If you prefer a side part or middle part with your Dutch fishtail braid, you can do that too, just be sure to still pull all your hair back over your shoulders.

Step 3: Section Your Hair at the Crown

Grab a small section of hair at your crown and split it into two equal pieces. This split section will serve as the base of your Dutch fishtail braid.

Step 4: Weave Your First Under-Handed Cross Fishtail Stitch

Starting on the left side, take a small piece of hair from the outside of the section you’re working with. Cross this section of hair underneath the left side and add it to the right section of hair. Next, follow this same process on the right side. Take a small piece of hair from the outside section of the right side, cross it under and add it to the left side.

Step 5: Incorporate More Hair with Each Stitch

Next, pick up a new section of hair on the left side of your head, crossing it underneath the left side and joining it to the right side of your head. Do the same on the right side. Continue this back and forth underhanded weaving until you run out of additional hair at the nape of your neck.

Step 6: Weave a Regular Fishtail to the Ends

Once you have no more hair to add into your Dutch fishtail braid, simply weave your hair down to the ends, continuing with the underhanded weave despite having no extra hair to pull in. Once you reach the ends, before tying your Dutch fishtail braid off, gently tug at each section of your braid to create a more voluminous plait. Once everything looks just right, tie it off with a clear elastic, using a strand wrapped around to conceal it.

Step 7: Finish with Hairspray

As with all braids, your hair will need extra help to keep everything in place. That said, once everything looks exactly as you’d like it — perhaps pull a few face-framing strands out in front of your ears for an added allure — give your style an allover spritz of hair spray. And, there you have it, a beautiful new take on an ultra-cool braided hairstyle.

For more braided hairstyle inspiration, check out our article, How to Do a 4-Strand Braid.