Nov 21

Half Up Fishtail Braid Tutorial

half up fishtail braid
Everyone loves a good fishtail braid, let’s be honest. There are many variations of the do, and it always looks so pretty when it’s complete. Whether it’s in ponytail format, a half-up fishtail braid, to the side, or as a low braid, the options are literally endless… but it’s always fun to try something new. If you have no idea where to start, Jacquelyn, Heidi, and I teamed up so that I can really break the half up fishtail braid down for you. Following is how to do a half up fishtail braid at home on your own – I promise it’s significantly less intimidating than it looks. 

How to do a half up fishtail braid

half up fishtail braidSTEP 1

Start with loose waves

half up fishtail braid


Tie your hair half up, and create a reverse ‘topsy tail ponytail’. Essentially, you simply create a hole in the centre of your ponytail, grab the tail and pull it up and through the hole. Then, give it a good pull to tighten. 

half up fishtail braidSTEP 3

Next, grab two small pieces of hair, one on each side of the pony tail, and create an ‘X’ by crossing them over each other.

half up fishtail braidSTEP 4

Cross one piece from one side to the other, and repeat the step by always adding a new strand of hair as you cross over to each side. Remember to think of it as making an ‘X’


Continue until you reach the end, leaving 2-3 inches of hair, and tie with a clear elastic

half up fishtail braidSTEP 6

Gently tug at the braid to make it look fuller, and a little less perfect. And voila! You’re good to go. 

half up fishtail braid

Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #cabellobycarolina so I can see how you wear your fishtail braids!
Until next time, have a great hair day! xo

[break]Photography: Heidi Lau | Tutorial: Cabello by Carolina 


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  1. Corina Nika says:

    So pretty! I haven’t done a fishtail in years! It’s time to add a little twist i think :)

  2. Tamela Greene says:

    OMG totally having my daughter do this for me for Thanksgiving. Mucho Gracias!

  3. Kelsey Cafferky says:

    Adore this!!!! Perfect for my second day hair! Love!

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