DIY Hair: Messy Fishtail (and contest)

PILLOWS_9Last weekend I was able to convince my sister to come over and be my model for a fun little hair tutorial.  I’ve recently learned to fishtail braid and am shocked by how easy it is to do. I thought I would share it with you today…  happy braiding!

Today’s tutorial is a part of a fun little collaboration I’m working on with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series.  If you tweet me your own DIY hairstyles using the hashtag #YouKnowYouLookGood, you will be entered to win one of ten Vidal Sassoon Pro Series product bundles.  (If you don’t feel comfortable submitting images, you can still provide your favorite beauty/style tip  using the hashtag.)  I will feature the top photo submissions here on S&S a little later this month.


The “before.”  My sister has gorgeous hair on it’s own, so it’s not like we really were lacking in the raw materials department.


We used Vidal Sassoon’s new pro-series line to create this look.


I started by raking about a quarter-sized dollop of Vidal Sassoon’s Pro Series Extreme Smooth Combing Creme through her hair.  This gave it a nice amount of texture which helps to hold the braid in place, and also tamed any fly-aways or frizz.  (I’ve also been using this product a few days after I get a blow-out to tame frizz, or to give my natural waves a little bit more definition).



From there, I gathered her hair at the base of the neck and divided it into two sections.


The fishtail braid is formed by pulling a tiny section from the bottom of one side, and crossing it over to the other side…alternating sides.



As you continue to criss-cross, a gorgeous braid is formed!


Continue to the end, and then finish off with a clear hair-tie.



I fattened up the braid a bit by tugging on the sides..


I pinned back a few loose tendrils, giving it a messy, casual look.



I finished everything off with a hefty dose of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hairspray.


The finished product… so pretty!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Vidal Sassoon Pro Series

Photography by Lydia Hudgens

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  1. Quinn Cooper says 4.22.13

    She’s such a beauty!
    The fishtail looks awesome! I wish my hair was longer right now so I could wear a braid but sadly I’m waiting for it to grow. Hopefully in the near future!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  2. Lauren says 4.22.13

    i still can’t figure out how to do this haha must try again!

  3. Rachelle says 4.22.13

    she looks so pretty you did a great job with the fishtail.


  4. Ash Bear says 4.22.13

    I will have to get someone to try this on my hair since my hair is finally long enough!!

  5. Hitha says 4.22.13

    Fishtails were always my go-to when I had long hair. I’m loving these sister posts (so wish I had one), and your sis looks great with that braid!

  6. I love a fishtail braid! I seriously need to do them more often.

  7. Alyssa says 4.22.13

    So pretty–I love how much volume it has, too! I feel like just as I was learning to fishtail (and actually getting it down pretty good), I cute all my hair off. I can’t fit it in to a fishtail now, but I definitely want to rock it once it grows a bit more!

  8. Rebecca says 4.22.13

    Now I just need to learn to do this myself! 🙂

  9. Kristina says 4.22.13

    Turned out so cute, your sister has fantastic hair! I can really tell you two are sisters in these pics.

    Kristina does the Internets

  10. Fishtails are so chic! I’m kind of wishing my hair was super curly to achieve the same look Rebecca got-whom, by the way, is gorgeous!


  11. Emily Lunstroth says 4.22.13

    I love fishtails, I never realized it was a talent I should share until I braided my friends hair while bored at a LAX game and everyone was like “ummm Emily why would you not share this information?!”….ops!

  12. Your sister looks just lovely and I love the casual chic vibe here!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  13. Rachel says 4.22.13

    She has gorgeous natural hair!

  14. Wow! That looks a lot easier than I thought it was! Will have to try that. Your sister has gorgeous hair! 🙂

  15. Chelsea says 4.22.13

    Your sister is gorgeous Grace! I love fishtail braids, they’re so messy but deliberate at the same time. Perfect for warmer weather!

    Chelsea & The City

    Today is the last day to enter my North American Bear Co. Giveaway!

  16. I had a messy fishtail braid for my rehearsal dinner and I loved it more than my hair for the wedding!!! And I mean….both of y’all’s hair is so gorgeous. I’m insanely jelly 😉

  17. Andrea says 4.22.13

    Such a cute braid!! I wish I had curly hair like your sister, it’s so pretty!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  18. Stacey says 4.22.13

    Super pretty! And I had NO idea that fish tail braids were so easy!

    Meanwhile, can I please request a post about what products you use to stretch your blow-out for five days? My best is three days and it looks pretty dead by the end of day 3. Would love to go for a full 5!

  19. Chelsea says 4.22.13

    When I was a nanny I practiced my fishtail braiding skills on the little girl I nannied for. She agreed that they were “very fashionable.” My hair is so fine it takes a ton of product, but I love the look! xo

  20. Well, shoot. Now I wish I hadn’t chopped all of my hair off so I could recreate this! It’s gorge!

  21. Alexa says 4.22.13

    Oh she’s beautiful! Love how it turned out!

  22. Sara says 4.22.13

    I want her hair! It’s so thick and beautiful!

  23. Alyssa says 4.23.13

    Your sister’s hair is gorgeous! My hair is naturally curly, but it never looks half this good!


    Runway Chef

  24. Gorgeous girls, the both of yuz.

  25. Barb Barth says 6.23.13

    Wow… gorgeous hair… beautiful every step of the way. Just love that tossled braid look.
    I agree with Victoria… lovely girls!