Are you looking for a new hairstyle to try at home? A fishtail plait is a simple and playful hairstyle that you can do in no time at all but will last you the entire day.

This tutorial will show you how to create both a sleek and more relaxed looking fishtail plait in six quick steps. All you need for this look is a hairband and a can of hairspray and you’re ready to go!

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Step 1: Separate the Hair in Two

How to do a Fishtail Plait – Step 1

Create a centre parting and separate the hair into two sections (left and right). Take both sections of hair and bring them around to one side.

Step 2: Back to Front

How to do a Fishtail Plait – Step 2

To start the plait, take a small strand of hair from the back of one section and bring it over to the front.

Step 3: Repeat

How to do a Fishtail Plait – Step 3

Once you’ve brought the strands at the back of your hair over the front, repeat  this on the other side. This will have now created one section of the fishtail plait, keep plaiting the hair down remembering to gently pull the hair to keep the plait tight.

Step 4: Add a Hairband

How to do a Fishtail Plait – Step 4

As you near the end of the plait, secure it with a hairband to ensure the hair stays in place.

Step 5: Hairspray

How to do a Fishtail Plait – Step 5

Once the plait is complete fix the hair with hairspray.

Step 6: Relaxed Fishtail (Optional)

How to do a Fishtail Plait – Step 6

If you’re going for a more relaxed and casual look, remove the hairband and gently pull the plait apart from the centre. Work your way up from the bottom of the plait to the top, remembering to separate out both sides to keep it even.  When you're finished put the hairband back in place and your look is complete.