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Inside Out Fishtail Braid Tutorial

How to create a french fishtail braid... inside out!  I guess you could call this a "dutch fishtail?"
reverse french fishtail braid
This inside out, reverse, or "dutch" fishtail is a very cute bohemian looking braid which is similar to a french fishtail braid, but different ~ as the braid is laying on top of the hair instead of underneath. To see the standard french fishtail braid, we have a video here:  Side Swept Fishtail Braid Tutorial

This fishtail, fishbone, or herringbone braid can be used to create many different hairstyles including: Casual, bohemian, beachy type hair, as well as elegant updos for special occasions. To enhance this braid, the edges can be stretched (as shown in our pictures and video) creating a more voluminous and disheveled fishtail.  It seems that messy and deconstructed braids are very popular and trendy hairstyles among teens, tweens, and adults right now. 
bohemian fishtail braid
I actually saw a braid like this awhile ago in a picture, and of course, wanted to figure out how it was made. Usually I can look at a braid and figure out the stranding pretty quickly.  But, this one took me awhile to "decode" and I'm not sure why, because as you will see in our video tutorial below, it is actually not that complicated!

For church one Sunday, we opted to use this braid to create a fishtail updo, which was made by wrapping the braid up into a side bun and securing with couple of bobby pins.  The princess and I absolutely love this cute hairstyle and plan to use it again for an upcoming wedding.  I wish my hair was long enough and I would be wearing it as well!

braided updo hairstyle

fishtail braid wrapped bun

How to make an inside out fishtail braid video tutorial:

While filming this tutorial, I took larger strands than I normally would (to save time) and the braid didn't turn out quite as intricate or "fishtaily" as I would have liked.  If thick strands are taken, the braid ends up looking more like a regular 3 strand dutch braid and isn't quite as interesting. The pictures we used throughout this post were taken on a different day, and show how the braid will look with smaller strands taken (which is a little more time consuming.)

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  1. Really, really cute! p.s. I didn't realize her hair had gotten so long again, it's so pretty!

  2. Love this style. Both my girls hair is FINALLY long enough to do styles like this. Yea! Thank you!

  3. I wanted to share a hairpiece of jewelry that I made for my daughter but I have not a clue as to how to send you an email so I will post it here please feel free to delete if you want. I made it for fall and thanksgiving and Shakespeare week.

    1. for got to type in link sorry

  4. This is super cute, I would love to do this on my hair when it gets a little longer

  5. I love it! I have been wondering if such a thing as a "Dutch fishtail" braid would work and now here it is! This is much easier then a french fishtail! It doesn't come loose! Thank you soooo much!

  6. very nice post liked the ideas and its very helpfull
    Flipped Fishtail Braid


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