On Day 2 of our #30DaysOfALAHair challenge, we are doing my absolute favorite dirty hairstyle: the messy fishtail braid. Anyone of ANY skill set can recreate this look and once you learn the basics you can do it in no time at all. I promise.
- Brush through your hair so that it’s tangle free
- Whether your hair is dirty or not, spray dry shampoo liberally all over, taking your finger tips and rubbing it into your roots. This will help with getting volume in the front
- Taking your teasing comb, gather the front section of hair and spray a few spritzs of hair spray or dry shampoo and do a thorough teasing job. (If you missed yesterday’s video on How To Tease, watch that first!)
- Repeat with the side sections of your hair, giving your entire top layer a even, thorough tease.
- After you have good volume on top, gently smooth over and pull just the top teased layer into a semi half-pony in the back of your head, securing with a bobby pin (or more if you need to!)
- Pick which side of the hair you want the braid to be placed on and then part the hair into two even sections
- Starting with the section closest to your face (Section 1), take a small piece of hair from the front and cross it over to the other section (Section 2) and then pull the two sections tight.
- Repeat the same step but with Section 2, closest to the back of your head. Taking the furthest back piece from underneath, cross it over to Section 1 and then pull the two sections tight.
- Pro-Tip: If you’re having trouble holding the sections while you cross a piece over, then use a smaller amount of hair everytime you cross over. It will help you maintain control.
- Repeat steps 7 & 8, alternating between section 1 and section 2 all the way to the bottom and securing tight with rubber elastic.
- If you want a clean look, stop here! If you want it to be messier, take your fingers and pull apart the braid. Take the other side of your combing brush or comb and pull out each section gently. You can also take the brush and run it upwards so that it creates a more undone look.
- haaaaairspray, hairspray, hairspray
The hardest and most important part of getting this is remembering to pull tight after you’ve crossed a piece over. If you don’t do this, the whole braid will absolutely fall apart. BUT don’t give up, just keep practicing and one day your fingers will be doing this in your sleep.