Braided Hairstyle: How To DIY Colorful Fishtail Braids

By Alix Turoff

With summer coming and music festival season already in full swing, try this low maintenance but fun colorful fishtail braided hairstyle.

With a little bit of color – thanks to hair chalk and the right amount of shine – we’ve perfected the fishtail braid as no-fuss way to take our traditional braided hairstyles to fun new heights.

How To DIY Colorful Fishtail Braids

Step 1: Apply Beyond the Zone Color Buzz Hair Chalk ($4.99), in the color of your choice, to 1/4 -1/2 inch sections of hair. If you have dark hair, wet hair before applying chalk for richer pigment, for blondes, skip the water! (No need to worry about permanent color, we love hair chalk because it washes out after one use!)

Step 2: Spray hair with a good hairspray, like Paul Mitchell’s Extra Body Finishing Spray ($10.19), to help keep your braid in place through long days of rocking out and balmy nights of good friends and food!

Step 3: Start on one side of the head. Take a small section of hair and divide it into two even sections (We will call these Section 1 and 2). You will then divide the right section further into two additional sections, Section 1a and 1b and the left into Section 2a and 2b.

Step 3: Take section 1a (outside) and cross it over section 1 b (inside).

Step 4: Take section 2a (outside) and cross it over section 2b (inside) to meet section 1a in the middle.

Step 5: Repeat step 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length. Tie a small rubberband at the bottom of the braid to hold it in place

Step 6: Move to the other side of the head, repeating the same process.

Step 7: When both braids are complete, twist the two strands together and secure them at the back with a fun hair tie, such as Dye Ties ($2.50).

Step 8: Finally, wrap it up with a shine boosting finishing spray such as Emi-Jay Sorbet Hair Ties ($6.50 for 3)

It takes practice to do a fishtail braid on your own hair, so recruit a friend to DIY a colorful fishtail braid more easily!

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