How-to: the ultimate formal fishtail braid
If you’re anything like me, the second you get an invitation to a big event every single bit of inspiration you’ve ever gathered for such occasions disappears from your brain, making for huge stress and one heck of a headache.
Fear not, we’ve got the ultimate formal ‘do to suit any dress. The fierce fishtail braid is loved by celebrities the world over and is easily achieved, no matter what your hair type or length. We know because we sought the help of Lizzie Liros, Director of Lizzie Liros Bridal Hair Couture to help us create the ultimate formal-worthy fishtail braid. Here’s how you can get the look at home…
Start with the right hair hue
Fishtail braids always look particularly striking on multi tonal or highlighted hair. Bh recommends colouring your hair all over with John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Salon Blends Collection in 7NBG Dark Caramel Blonde, or highlighting your hair with an at-home streaking kit such as Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde M1 Streaking Kit.
Have your tools in order
For this look, beautyheaven recommends the following tools:
- Paul Mitchell Fast Drying Sculpting Spray
- Gliders Mega Grip Crocodile Sectioning Clips 2pc
- Lady Jayne Contoured Bobby Pins
- Michel Mercier Professional Detangling Hair Brush in Green for Thick Hair
- Lady Jayne Teasing Brush
- Scunci Beautiful Blends No Damage Brunette Hair Elastics
- ghd curve soft curl tong
- Models Prefer Professional Human Hair Extensions (if your hair is short or fine, or simply needs a little ‘oomph’.)
- Scunci Criss Crosser Tool
- Ombrello Black Diamante Barrette
Get the steps right
Step 1: Part your hair deep on one side and clip in any hair extensions you may be using by sectioning your hair horizontally about halfway down the back of your head and clipping the extensions into place.
Step 3: Focusing on the largest front section of hair, divide this piece into a further three or four pieces and use your ghd curve soft curl tong to tightly curl each one. When removing the tong from your hair, keep the curl intact close to your head and pin it in a curl formation with a bobby pin. Repeat this until you have 3-4 pin curls at the front of your head.
Step 4: Next, curl the rest of your hair section by section with the ghd curve soft curl tong. These pieces can be bigger so the curls are softer.
Step 5: Leaving your front pin curls intact, softly brush your hair into a low ponytail on the left-hand side and secure with your Scunci elastic.
Step 6: Grab a piece of hair from the back and wrap it around your elastic to disguise it. Secure with a Lady Jayne Bobby Pin and split the ponytail into two sections.
Step 7: Grab your Scunci Criss Crosser Tool and place your two pieces of hair in each side. Follow the instructions to create a fishtail braid by taking a section of one side over to the other and vice versa.
Step 8: Remove the bobby pins from the pin curls at the front of your head and gently backcomb at the roots to add fullness using your Lady Jayne Teasing Brush. Smooth over the top with your Michael Mercer Detangling Brush.
Step 9: Brush and split the front section of hair into two parts and create a soft, loose rope plait. Loosen the plait with your fingers and use bobby pins to secure the ends at the top of your fishtail braid.
Step 10: Gently loosen your fishtail braid to make it thicker and give it texture before finishing with a spritz of Paul Mitchell hairspray and a pretty hair accessory, like the Ombrello Black Diamante Barette.
Now, get ready for some formal fun!
What’s your ultimate formal-ready hairstyle? How would you change this look to suit you?
MODEL IMAGE CREDITS:
Hair by Lizzie Liros
Make-up by Helen Sotis
Photography by Jessica Abraham
Gown by Alina Collections
Jewellery by Zivelli Designs