Welcome to the TGS Braid Bar! I LOVE braids and while I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, I’m going to attempt to teach you a few of my favorite styles. Background on my own hair: very long, very thick, VERY straight. Braids are usually easier on at least one day old hair but sometimes you don’t have that luxury and you need the help of a few products (as I did in this style). One of my favorites is the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play. It’s a miracle worker for big messy braids and I highly recommend it if you’re really into upping your braid game.
Today I’m going to teach you how to do a Dutch Fishtail Pulled Back Braid. I completely made that name up and it might have another that I’m not aware of but oh well. To start off, I parted my hair in the middle and took a small section of hair from one side of my head. (You can also do this style with a side part but chances are the braids won’t be as even since one side will have much more hair to work with.) Make sure to leave a little bit of hair in the very front if you want a few little piecey parts to fall around your face!
From here we’re going to start a standard dutch fishtail braid. Take one piece from the outer most part of the left section and pull it under and over to the right. Then do the same thing to the right section. Once you’ve done that twice on each side to establish the braid, you can also start pulling hair from either side of your sections (like you would in a french braid) to make the fishtail thicker. Under and over, under and over, under and over.
I do this until I get to the top of my ear and then I take a break from fishtailing to pull apart my braid. I love big messy braids so REALLY pull and mess it up. You can also pull it apart toward the end but since my hair is so long, I pull it apart in sections to make it a bit easier.
From there, finish up your fishtail on the first side, pull apart the bottom half and secure it with a clear elastic (I use these.)
Now do the same thing on the other side so you have two matching dutch fishtail braids. (Hello Cindy Lou Who.)
This is when I use the Powder Play. Take the bottle and GENTLY (and I mean gently because it comes out really fast) tap it all the way down each of your braids. Work it into the hair and it will help to hold the messy pulled apart look.
Next, take both of your braids to the back of your head and tie them off with another elastic. You can make it as tight or as loose to the back of your head as you like.
Take off the first two elastics you originally used to secure your braids and let the bottom hang loose. You can either leave your braids like that or take a small piece of hair from the ponytail, wrap it around the clear elastic and secure it with a bobby pin so that it’s hidden.
And you’re done! You can also choose to lightly hairspray your braids when you’re finished if you want to. I usually don’t just because my hair stays pretty well all day with just the Powder Play but it all depends on your own hair. Let me know if you decide to try out this style and tag your pictures with #TGSBraidBar. Happy braiding!