How to do a Half-Up Fishtail French Braids | Hair Tutorial

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Half Up Double Fishtail French Braids

I love wearing half up fishtail french braids so I thought it’d be fun to try out with two braids on one side.

There were two things I struggled with when creating this style. The first was deciding how large to make each section for the two braids on the left side. It’s important they are similar in size but not too far back on the head that you get a bump at the top when pinning them in place. The other struggle was making sure the braids didn’t look too messy once they were pinned next to each other. For that, I made sure to spray them with hairspray and smooth down any fly-aways before and after pinning them in place.

I am always seeing requests for more half up hairstyles so I really hope you enjoy checking out this tutorial. It could easily be dressed up or down depending on what your plans are that day. If you have a ton of hair, try it out with two braids on each side.

Half Up Double Fishtail French Braids Supplies:

Half Up Double Fishtail French Braids Instructions:

To prep my hair for this style, I curled small sections away from my face with a 1 1/4″ curling iron.
  • Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Divide out a section of hair on the left side, about 3 inches back from the hairline and clip away the forward hair.
  • Step 3 / Take a small slice of hair near the part and divide it into three sections.
  • Step 4 / Begin a regular braid by crossing the right strand over the middle, then the left strand over the middle.
  • Step 5 / Combine the middle and right strand together so there are two sections.
  • Step 6 / Take a small piece from the right side and cross it over to the left, pick up a new section of hair and cross it over to the left side.
  • Step 7 / Then take a small piece from the left side, cross it over to the right, pick up a new section of hair and cross it over to the right side.
  • Step 8 / Repeat steps 6 and 7, crossing small sections from one side over to the opposite side while adding in new sections until the braid reaches the left temple.
  • Step 9 / Now stop adding in hair to the bottom side of the braid and only bring in hair to the top of the braid until it reaches the back of the head.
Instructions continued:
  • Step 10 / Braid the section a little further down and cross a bobby pin over the bottom so it doesn’t unravel.
  • Step 11 / Let down the front section of hair that was previously clipped away and repeat steps 6-10.
  • Step 12 / Now create a third fishtail french braid with the hair on the right side of the head, adding in hair until the braid reaches a little above the right ear and then continue the braid a little further down before sliding a bobby pin over the ends.
  • Step 13 / Take the right braid and create a gap about halfway down the braid.
  • Step 14 / Pull the back, left braid through the gap.
  • Step 15 / Pin both braids against the head with bobby pins.
  • Step 16 / Gently pull on the edges of the braids to make them a little bit fuller.
  • Step 17 / Then remove the bobby pins from the ends of the braids and brush through them.
  • Step 18 / Take the forward, left braid and gently pull on the edges to make it a little fuller.
  • Step 19 / Lay it underneath the previous two braids and pin it in place with bobby pins.
  • Step 20 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
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