Chunky Fishtail Braid for Beginners

Chunky Fishtail Braid for Beginners

Hey babes!!! We worked on the Fishtail Braid in our Braid Like A Boss course recently and I wanted to share this quick tutorial. This is actually a “Chunky Fishtail Braid” and maybe has a little different look than you are used to seeing.You can see the entire video tutorial over on my Instagram. You can watch it here:


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Why I Love the Chunky Fishtail Braid!

One of the best parts about the chunky fishtail braid is that it works great with short, medium, long hair. It really looks great no matter what length of hair you have.

Another bonus for this fishtail braid is that it’s great to finish off any leftover curls you may have… If you struggle GETTING those curls, remember I still have you covered. Checkout this post here to get you started.

Last perk of the chunky fishtail braid is that it’s ALSO great for dirty hair! 

If you are ready to Braid Like A Boss (which you should be 😉) then make sure you check it out! 

Do you know how to fishtail? What do you think?! 😍 I would love to see your spin on this style, tag me and I’ll share your pics on my stories! For more info on the course checkout the link in my bio + the scrunchie I used is from Flourish.

Looking for a quick hairstyle anyone can do? This is perfect for anyone who needs to be pulled together quickly.

Now, let’s get started! 

To make the “Chunky Fishtail Braid” (also known as the “Dutch Fishtail Braid”) you will start by making a deep part on either side of your head. 

How to braid the fishtail braid:

  1. Make a part in your hair.
  2. Grab a section of hair. Split in two.
  3. Make sure your knuckles are facing forward.
  4. Take a section right by the part in your hair.
  5. Take your index finger and pull your from the back section of your hair, and slice off a little piece of hair.
  6. Rotate your wrists and take small sections of hair and cross over each other.
  7. Continue doing that with small parts as you work down.
  8. Pull small pieces of the hair to add in to the original braid.
  9. Make sure to cross it underneath the already braided portion.
  10. And repeat… A lot

Tips for creating the perfect fishtail braid:

  • Make sure to cinch your braid up as you go. 
  • Plus, before you move on, make sure you add in a new sliver of hair each time. 
  • The smaller your slivers of hair, the more intricate it is. 
  • Half way down I will begin to stop taking in other pieces of hair and just dutch tail braid the rest of the way down. 
  • Once you have a few inches of hair left start your stretching.

How to stretch the fishtail braid:

  •  Hold the ends of your braid taught.
  • Once you get it where you want, take an elastic and tie the braid off. You can stretch a little more afterward depending on your personal style.
  • If you are getting a bubble with your hair not he back make sure to check out my video tutorial on IGTV to see how I solve that problem.
  • Make sure to secure the braid with a few bobby pins.
  • Voilà you are done!
  • You can also tie it off with a cute scrunchie like I did.

Moral of the story? Basically, as long as you can hold a piece of hair in each hand, rotate your wrists and pull slivers of hair into the original braid, you can master the simple fishtail braid.

But if you’re not exactly sure about this chunky fishtail braid, make sure you check out the video tutorial I made. If you want to learn ALL the best braids and techniques you can also join my Braid Like A Boss Course. 

A lot of people are wary of the fishtail braid. Don’t be intimated, all it takes is practice and you will be able to whip this braid out in no time! 











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