The fishtail plait is a stunning braided updo hairstyle. This fashion forward hairstyle artfully combines a curly updo with a fishtail braid. It’s a high volume and asymmetrical look with beautiful details. Take your side braid to the next level with this side fishtail plait.
This soft look is perfect to highlight defined features. The tousled and asymmetrical look adds height and face framing layers. It’s a fantastic look for long hair that works best with wavy or curly hair. For straight hair, add some curls first for volume and texture that make this look work.
To get this look, start by skipping a shampoo or two. Then, use a wide toothed comb to brush out any tangles. Next, slightly dampen hair with water and apply a volumizing mousse from roots to ends. When hair is damp and coated in product, blow it dry.
Give yourself a deep side part and gather hair into a low ponytail. Placing the ponytail opposite the side part emphasizes the asymmetry of the look. You may want to smooth and pin the side without the braid.
Now you’re ready to start braiding the plait. First, divide the ponytail into two sections and pull out a small section of hair on the right side. Bring the strand over the left hand side and repeat this step on the left. Continue until you reach the end of hair and secure with an elastic or hair tie. For an edgy, mussy look, pull some strands out at the end.
Finish the hairstyle by adding volume at the crown with backcombing and some bold curls. There’s no way to mess this tousled look up so go wild!
The side fishtail plait is a great edgy look or can be worn as a bold formal look for a special occasion. Pair this look with a strapless, spaghetti strap, or off the shoulder dress for maximum impact.