Fishtail braids are a great variation of the classic braid to get your hair out of your face in an elegant way. I remember my mom braiding my hair in fishtails when I was young and always getting compliments on it! It’s one of those hairstyles that looks more complicated than it actually is and we all love those.
Makeup artist and hairstylist Danika and I are teaming up for a regular monthly column to show you how to do pretty things to your hair!
For this first ‘do, we gave the fishtail braid a new look in these fun and playful pigtails. Not sure how to fishtail braid? watch this video to learn how. Then follow these simple steps below to have fab hair in no time!
- Clear plastic hair elastics (such as Goody)
- Two hair elastics (color doesn’t matter since we will remove the elastic later)
- Flower crown
1. Part your hair where you like and section in two.
2. Secure each pigtail with an elastic (color doesn’t matter since it won’t show later).
3. Begin to fishtail braid. Once finished, secure the bottom of each braid with a clear elastic.
4. Carefully cut the top elastic out from the top of each braid.
5. Loosen and “fatten” up each fishtail braid by gently pulling them apart.
6. Give this hairstyle a carefree and boho feel by topping it off with a simple flower crown.
Hey everyone! My name is Aya and I transported myself here from Strawberry Koi with yet another simple and versatile look. Because that’s how I roll. This is my new fave way to wear my hair, because it’s basically my naturally straight hair with a bit of texture and shape. This style also works for long hair easy enough, but more importantly it’s best to have long “bangs” to complete the look.
- A brush/comb
- A clip or hair tie
- A Flat iron
- Heat Protectant Spray (optional)
1. Give your hair a good brushing. Make sure it’s clean, fluffy and smooth all the way through.
2. Section off the complete top layer of your hair, leaving the bottom section from ear to ear/below eye-level.
3. Spritz your hair with a little heat protectant spray before you start flat ironing. I like to straighten this layer while curving the flat iron upwards to flip at the ends up. With my own length, the flippy bits peek out from beneath the top layer and creates a nice texture!
4. Let the top layer down, but re-pin or clip the front section of your hair… saving it for last.
5. Straighten the hair in thin sections, about 1-inch thick for better results and less damage. Straighten each section, while curving the flat iron to give the hair a bit of bend. I like to alternate the sections of curling outward away from my face, and inward towards my face. Doing this gives the hair a naturally straight texture, while still being soft and easy to style.
6. Let the top later down. Because I have a deep side part, I straightened the small section on my left side to curve around the side of my head (if you’re doing a middle part, include this step with the final step instead). Doing so, makes the hair hold that same shape and sweep away from the face.
7. Take the last section of hair at the front and pull up and back from your face. Hold it in place, as you straighten it away from your face and curling the hair up and under in one fluid motion. The hair will gracefully fall down into place, sweeping to the side(s) with a subtle bend.
Hey everyone! Aya from Strawberry Koi here with another simple hair tutorial. This is a fun one for all the short-haired girls out there looking to be creative with what they have. With long hair, feel free to follow and adjust the style according to your needs!
1. Start with a freshly washed and styled base. I curled my hair, as it’s a great way to cover problem areas and to give a sort of impression of longer hair. A side part works best for this style.
2. On the shallow side of your part, twist a section of hair by your hair, and gently wrap it around the back of your head. Pin in place as you go.
3. Continue twisting and pinning until you reach just behind the opposite ear. It will basically be a side-pony, but less conspicuous and a more elegant. You can polish up the look just by gathering the hair into a tighter section, if you like.
4. Cross the pins over each other in the shape of an “X” for strong, all day hold.
5. This is what the pinned-side should look like. It’s ok to leave some stray hairs fall down around your face, for an awesome bedhead look as another alternative.
6. Gather the opposite side to what you started with.
7. Twist and pin into the hair that’s bunched together, blend and hide any pins.
8. DONE! Finish with a little light hairspray, or throw in a flower on the side for even more fun!
Hello all! Aya from Strawberry Koi here with another hair tutorial. This one is inspired by playful ’60s hairstyles with a subtle bouffant. If you want even more of a ’60s looks, comb it out to smooth it over even more, and bump up that bouffant with even more hairspray and teasing!
1. I curled my hair for this one yet again, adding a modern vibe and keeping it soft. Relaxed waves is a great way to play up a natural sexy look (long hair works for this style too, ladies!)
2. Tease the bang/front section of hair on the underside. This will build some texture and volume for the braid to be nice and thick. (If you have very full hair, you don’t have to worry about this)
3. Flip the hair over onto the opposite side of where you want the braid to lay. I did this so that the braid started at the roots instead of an inch or two away – which is what my hair wanted to do naturally. Tie with a small invisible elastic. Want to spice it up even more? Make a “Fishtail” braid instead of a classic braid.
4. After braiding, flip it back over to the direction you want it to lay.
5. Gently pull and tug the layers of the braid apart, to widen it.
6. Pin the braid behind your ear, beneath the top layer of your hair to hide the ends. I pinned mine above my forehead because I have a low hairline and try not to accentuate it, but you might want to try experimenting with the position of the braid over the forehead or even back further to use like a headband against the bouffant!
7. Add more smaller braids on the opposite side. This is optional, but sometimes it helps balance the look.
8. Tease the back of the hair on the crown, on the underside. For a BIG vintage bouffant, tease the section of hair in three layers, spray each layer with hairspray and allow to dry. Smooth over the top layer with a fine-tooth comb or soft brush.
Hello everyone! Aya from Strawberry Koi here, with another amazingly simply ‘do perfect for girls who want elegance and simplicity all in one sweet package. I’ve done a variation on this style before, with the hair pinned at a higher position and long locks. This style is great for a slightly more bohemian look, and super gorgeous with a wavy bob. Don’t worry though, it’s perfectly long-hair friendly and suitable for almost all hair types.
1. Curl your hair by your preferred method. I used a straight iron for messy waves to create a bohemian look. Part your hair on the side or middle to your preference.
2. Here are the curls I had to work with. Don’t worry if they are not perfect, actually a bit of that tussled look is natural and lovely!
3. Use your fingers to gently comb out the curls. I ran my fingers through only a couple of times, but it’s okay to really dig in there to soften the curls. (You might want to use a bit of light hairspray after this step)
4. Take the section of hair including your bang-section (or exclude your bangs if they are cut short), TWIST and pull around to the lower-side of your head behind your ear.
5. Take two bobby pins and pin in place in an “X” shape, one over the other for strong all-day hold. With the hair beside your pinned area, allow it to drape over top of the bobby pins to hide them and enhance to that bohemian vibe.
6. Repeat on the other side.
Another great way to hid the pins and to add some sweetness is to add an accessory. I love to use big ruffly flowers!
Hey guys! This is Aya from Strawberry Koi with another hair tutorial! This one seems overly simple, but it’s often taken for granted… sort of like how eyebrows were in the ’90s (hello Drew Barrymore!). The part in your hair can enhance or downplay your features, so experimenting and “finding your part” is actually essential to playing up your natural beauty. (If you have bangs/fringe, you can still experiment with parting your hair just behind them… it still counts)
1. You should find your part before drying/blow-drying your hair. This is because it’s difficult to achieve a desired shape once it’s dried and styled itself. before parting, brush it all backward to create a little volume and a sort of “blank slate” to work with.
2. Use a “rat-tail” comb for what’s next. I don’t suppose this is truly necessary, but it’s fast, and it creates a beautiful and clean part in your hair.
3. THE MIDDLE PART. Part your hair in the middle, and see what you think. I’m not a big fan of middle parts because it’s hard to make the sides of the hair hang symmetrically. With that said, some people pull it off VERY WELL. Those people usually have long beautiful hair, and a slightly taller forehead. If you’re like me and have a short forehead, thick bangs, and/or short hair… most likely, this part is not for you. It can make a person look plain and frumpy… so just beware. If you are determined to do it anyway, just make sure to give your forehead a little room to breath by blow-drying your hair away from your face to build a little volume, so the hair stands up and away from your hairline a bit.
4. THE SIDE PART. The side part is pretty universally flattering, and most common to see. I started my side part here with a rather deep angle, because technically, you should part your hair at a tilted angle using the pupil of your eye as a guide. You can also use your rat tail comb as a guide – just hold it in front of your eye and tilt it slightly to see where the part should be from the stick of the comb. In most cases, this creates a very sultry look and frames the face nicely.
5. THE SIDE PART (2). This is a slightly shallower side part, coming up at a straight line from my tear-duct area. Although it breaks the “rules,” I find this to be my perfect part. The reason why is, my bang area is so full that it looks like a lot of hair hanging against one side of my face compared to the other side… It’s definitely something to consider when you are experimenting for what best works for your face.
6. I switched sides! Yep, we all have a side we favor, and mine is my left. But sometimes you just don’t even realize how flattering the other side can be… so just try it and see. Maybe even for a day or two! For me, I choose my left because the right side of my hairline is a little harsher (more square), so I’ll stick with parting it on the left to show off my “best side.”
What’s your favorite way to part your hair, and why?
Hey everyone! Aya from Strawberry Koi here. I’ve got a wild head of hair and just recently cut my mop. Sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, but that doesn’t stop me from being creative with my shorter locks. Anyway, often our curls go awry, but when you are about to go to work or are out and about town, it can become a serious problem! Here is a little guide for those as unfortunate as myself, and how you can salvage those curls and still come out with a beautiful ‘do.
1. Here we are with our base. As for myself, I slept overnight on ill-set pin curls. By the way, pin curls are an awesome way to curl your hair without heat, and I’ve already made a video which you can find here. The turban covers the pin curls and keeps them from unrolling during the night, perfect for rollers or rag curls or whatever.
2. Here is a closer look at the pin curls. They are too large, and why my curls aren’t going to be the best. They SHOULD be small sections of hair rolled up and pinned in place. If you pin curled, rag-curled, or hot-rolled your hair (etc. etc.), begin to undo the curls now to see what you got to work with.
3. As you carefully unroll your curls, they may be damp (you should ideally let them continue drying now, but…), use a blow-dryer on low heat and dry the curls some more with out brushing/combing them out yet.
4. Delicately comb your curls with your fingers. Actually, the hair curls in the direction you guide it to, while combing it out. For example, the front section is most flattering to lift up and away from your face, because it will obtain nice volume and sweep around the sides of your face rather than down into it flat.
5. Gently use your fingers to uncoil the hair around the sides of your face too. I like to shape the hair at the sides to curl in-towards my face, as a more natural touch and contrasting against the top layer – creating nice texture.
6. Boost the back of your crown up to build volume. This is an excellent time to tease that bit of hair or use volumizing spray to add a little extra oomph into your life!
7. Oh dear. And here is where you see what we need to FIX. The pin curls I set were simply too large, so now the top layers of my curls are limp. The great thing is though, with a base of waves and ringlets, I wont have to use AS MUCH heat, and it still wont take as much time getting ready in the morning with what I have here.
8. Use a flat iron or curling iron to fix the booboos. Usually the top layers of curls-gone-bad are really the only ones you need to focus on. With your hair parted where you like, take small sections of your hair, and curl them going away from your face. This creates an elegant sweep, and what they call a “Marcel Wave” back in the good ol’ days. Comb them with your fingers again, and blend in with your other locks.
9. Do this on both sides of your hair, and wherever else as needed. Top with a fine mist of hairspray, and gently “crunch” your curls with your fingers to set them in place and hold the volume.
10. DONE. So easy, right? So the next time your curls seem ruined, don’t tie those babies back in a frumpy ponytail, just work with what ya got.