This twine, incorporating French and fishtail braiding, was created by ARROJO Stylist Aziza Rasulova. Below are steps for learning how to create French and Fishtail braids; once you’re comfortable with these techniques, try putting them in different places, like along the top or through the side, and combine them together for a visually interesting, whimsical and bohemian look.
The French Braid
Step: Apply a dime-sized dab of Hair Creme through clean, dry strands to add control and flyaway free smoothness in a languid texture. Pulse in a few layers of ReFINISH Dry Shampoo to create extra tackiness and grip for braiding.
Step: Pick up three small sections of hair, wherever you want the braid to begin. Cross the right strand under the center, then the left strand under this new center strand and your twine will start to come together.
Step: Add hair from each side into the outer strands and repeat, crossing right under center, left under the new center, and adding more hair. Continue till braid is complete.
The Fishtail Braid
Step: Use Hair Creme and ReFINISH Dry Shampoo as noted above to create the perfect smooth, controlled yet tacky texture for braiding.
Step: At your starting point, gather hair in a ponytail. Part pony in two. Hold the two sections in your left hand. Now with your right hand, take a thin piece of hair from the outside of the right section and twine it into the left strand, nice and tight (unless you plan to dishevel the braid at the end).
Step: Now switch hands, holding the two sections in your right hand.
Step: With your left hand take a thin piece from the outside of the left strand and join it with the right strand. Continue making your fishtail using these techniques and tie off at the end. Gently tug if you want to dishevel and fray the texture.
Once comfortable with these two braiding techniques, try braiding in wider and narrower sections for chunkier or slimmer twines. And then try combining them together, using the image above as inspiration for a beautiful, attention-grabbing style.
Special Thanks to Aziza Rasulova for sharing her work with Style Noted.
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