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Easy hair hack: How to fake a fishtail braid

The fishtail braid is almost iconic at this point, but it can be intimidating to master. Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to this hairstyle, but for most girls, especially those with lots of hair, it can be a major time drainer – but that’s where this hack comes in. In just a few steps, you can create an insanely easy faux fishtail braid. The trick to faking it is creating the illusion of the fishtail shape. You know how the two ends of the braid look like they are twisted inwards into a middle part down the tail? But instead of weaving, all you have to do is loop the pony a few times to create twists. Ladies, meet your new go-to ‘do—the faux fishtail.

Step 1. Start with a part on the right side. Pick up a section of hair on the heavy side of the part and wrap it with a clear elastic band.

Step 2. Create a tail by making a gap above the elastic and flip the tail up and through the gap, then pull it down tight.

Step 3. Gently loosen the hair of the tail in order to hide the elastic.

Step 4. Pick up a new section of hair below the first tail and tie this off with another clear elastic.

Step 5. Create a second tail by flipping the hair through a gap and pulling it tight again.

Step 6. Bring hair around from the right side of the head and create two more tails with the rest of the hair.

Step 7. Take a section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the last clear elastic.

Step 8. Wrap another clear elastic over the tail and pull it tight. The hair that was wrapped around the band should hide both of these elastics.

Step 9. Finish your faux fishtail by spritzing all over with Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME® Biotin+ Volume™ Hair Spray.

The faux fishtail braid looks gorgeous and is so simpler to master. It is lazy-girl approved and the perfect fishtail for a choppy layered cut where the layers would otherwise fall out. And if you find that your hair is not quite full enough for a full fishtail effect, try adding a little Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME® Biotin+ Volume™ Magic Volume Powder before you begin.

If you’ve been coveting the swoon-worthy fishtail braid since it made its way onto the beauty scene but haven’t mastered it yet (or just don’t have the time to try!) give the faux fishtail a try. With our tutorial and a few favourites from the Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME® Biotin+ Volume™ line, your fishtail will be totally on point this season.

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