How To Do Fishtail Braids For Black Hair + 7 Stunning Fish Braids Hairstyles

Fishtail braids for black hair is a staple hairstyle for proms, graduations, and weddings. But recently, fish braids also flooded New York streets, runways, and red carpet events. But did you know that fishtail braids for black hair can be traced as far back as the ancient Greek female sculpture known as the Caryatids? Yes you read it right! As these architectural columns suggest, this hairstyle is possibly worn by Athenian maidens around 450 BCE. 

It is no surprise that fishtail braids for black hair surpassed the test of time. For this braid style embodies the combination of creative expression, function, and femininity. In this age of social media platforms, you will find thousands of fishtail braids for black hair content on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.  

Best Fishtail Braids For Black Hair With Accessories

If you are in search of how to do your own fishtail braids for black hair and the different ways to wear the hairstyle, then you came exactly at the right place. At the end of this article, I hope that you can do and style your own fish braids. Are you ready? Let’s start!

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More About Fishtail Braids For Black Hair

Fishtail Braids
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As the name suggests, fishtail braids for black hair or fish braids for black hair is a type of braid that looks like a fish tail. This hairstyle is perfect for almost all occasions. You can wear them in the office, during dinner dates or even in formal gatherings. Fishtail braids also look better as it loosens up or as it gets messy. That is why you won’t have trouble wearing it all day long.

The most basic form of this hairstyle involves overlapping and interwoving two strands of hair starting from the outer sides towards the middle section. But there are also two prominent fishtail braids for black hair variation. These are the Dutch fish braids and the French fishtail braids.

French Fishtail Braids For Black Hair

You should not confuse French braids with French Fishtail Braids. The French braids involve overlapping and interweaving three strands of hair. Whereas the French fishtail braids overlap and weave only two strands of hair beginning at the crown of the head going all the way down the roots. 

Dutch Fish Braids For Black Hair

Dutch Fish Braids For Black Hair
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The Dutch fish braids look a little different than the regular fishtail braids. It begins from the middle section going to the outer sides. However, instead of overlapping the outer sides of the hair, it goes under. I will provide detailed instructions on how to do dutch braids in the following sections.

Who can wear Fishtail Braids For Black Hair?

The Fishtail braids for black hair are suitable for all hair lengths and all hair types. That said, I would like to make it clear that fish braids for black hair are easier to do with textured and long hair. Those with wavy and curly hair types will find it easiest to recreate fishtail braids. 

Please consider that if you have straight and silky hair, it is likely that you may find it a little difficult to hold this hairstyle. On the other hand, those with 3c and 4c hair types may require a lot of time combing and detangling hair to make fishtail braids. But rest assured that those with coily hair types can hold the said hairstyle really well. 

How to do Fishtail Braids For Black Hair?

Fishtail Braids for black hair are very simple and easy to do. Just follow the instructions listed below. 

How to do Basic Fishtail Braids for Black Hair?

  1. Divide your hair into two equal sections. The right and the left section.
  2. Take a thin strand (about 0.5 inch) from the outer side of the right section.
  3. Move the right thin strand from the outer side and cross it over going to the inner side of the left section
  4. Tuck in the right thin strand with the left section. This thin strand now becomes part of the left section. 
  5. Pull the two hair sections away from each other to tighten.
  6. Take a thin strand (about 0.5 inch) from the outer side of the left section.
  7. Move the left thin strand from the outer side and cross it over going to the inner side of the right section
  8. Tuck in the left thin strand with the right section. This thin strand now becomes part of the right section. 
  9. Continue alternating the process until you go all the way to the ends of the hair. 
  10. Secure your fishtail braids with elastic bands. 

How to do Dutch Fishtail Braids for Black Hair?

  1. Divide your hair into two equal sections. The right and the left section.
  2. Take a thin strand (about 0.5 inch) from the outer side of the right section.
  3. Move the right thin strand from the outer side and cross it under going to the inner side of the left section
  4. Tuck in the right thin strand with the left section. This thin strand now becomes part of the left section. 
  5. Pull the two hair sections away from each other to tighten.
  6. Take a thin strand (about 0.5 inch) from the outer side of the left section.
  7. Move the left thin strand from the outer side and cross it under going to  the inner side of the right section
  8. Tuck in the left thin strand with the right section. This thin strand now becomes part of the right section. 
  9. Continue alternating the process until you go all the way to the ends of the hair. 
  10. Secure your fishtail braids with elastic bands. 

How to do French Fishtail Braids For Black Hair?

How To Do French Fishtail Braids For Black Hair
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  1. Take a medium stand of hair at the middle of the crown of your head.
  2. Divide this medium strand of hair into two sections. The right section and the left section.
  3. Create a regular small fishtail braid. Take a thin strand from the outer right side and cross it over to the left. Then take a thin strand from the outer left side and cross it over to the right. Repeat this process twice. 
  4. Create a big fishtail braid. This time, take a thicker strand of hair from the right outer side of your loose hair and cross it over to the left side of your small fishtail braid. Then take a thicker strand of hair from the left outer side of your loose hair and cross it over to the right side of your small fishtail braid.
  5. Create a small fishtail braid.
  6. Create a big fishtail braid. 
  7. Alternate creating small and big fishtail braids until you reach the ends of your hair and all your hair are weaved together.  
  8. Secure your French fishtail braid with elastic bands.

Fishtail Braids For Black Hair Hairstyles

Now that you know how to do fishtail braids for black hair, let us look at some hairstyle inspirations that you can try!

Fishtail Braids For Black Hair With Accessories

Fishtail Braids For Black Hair With Accessories
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One of my favorite ways to wear fishtail braids is to adorn it with accessories. You can play with jewels, crystals, and pearls. This hairstyle is perfect for proms, weddings, and other formal events. I love the way how this radiates feminine vibe.

Best Fishtail Braids For Black Hair With Accessories

Giant Fishtail Braids

Giant Fishtail Braids on Black Hair
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Looking for a unique and eye-catching hairstyle? Why not try a giant fishtail braid? To add even more volume, you can use hair extensions to create super long and thicker braids.

Alternatively, you can also add some accessories like beads or jewels to really make your braids stand out. Whichever way you choose to style them, giant fishtail braids are sure to turn heads.

Half-up Half-down Fish Braids For Black Hair

Half-up Half-down Fish Braids For Black Hair
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Half-up and half-down fish braids for black hair is my semi-casual hairstyle. I like to wear this on lunch and dinner dates. This hairstyle keeps hair away from my face elegantly. It draws attention not only to my face but also at the back of my head.

Fishtail Braids on Dreadlocks

Fishtail Dreads
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This styling guide will not be complete without mentioning that fishtail braids are the most popular hairstyles for people with dreadlocks. And the sky is the limit when it comes to styling. You can ask your loctician for a giant fishtail locs or a cute fishtail barrel ponytail colored loc extensions

Pigtail Fishtail Braids For Black Hair

Pigtail Fishtail Braids For Black Hair

Pigtail fishtail braids for black hair is my go to hairstyle whenever I am out going for a walk or running an errand. This looks a little casual that makes it perfect for everyday outdoor activities. I love the clean and fresh energy it exudes. This goes really well on my shirt, jeans, and sneakers.

Wavy Hair with Fishtail Braids 

Wavy Hair with Fishtail Braids 
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If you’re looking for a cute and easy hairstyle, try a wavy look with a tiny fishtail braid. This look is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re headed to the beach or just running errands.

Fishtail Crown Braid For Black Hair

Fishtail Crown Braid For Black Hair
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Vintage is one of my favorite looks. That is why this crown low bun fishtail braids made it on my list. You can do two dutch fishtail braids on each side of your hair and secure it on a low bun. But if you are in a hurry, you can also do a simple low bun and wear a fishtail braids headband instead. Below are some of the fishtail braids headband that you can buy.

Best Fishtail Braids For Black Hair Headbands

Fishtail Braids Black Hair FAQs

How long should your hair be to create a fishtail braid?

You need at least 5 inches of hair length to create a fishtail braid for black hair. The longer your hair, the better looking the hairstyle is. 

How long does fish braid for black hair last?

Fish braid for black hair lasts for an entire day. The great thing about this hairstyle is it looks better as it gets looser or messier. 

How many strands do you need to create a fishtail braid for black hair?

Unlike French braids that uses 3 strands of hair, fishtail braids for black hair only requires 2 strands of hair to overlap and weave with each other.

Bottomline

I guarantee you that you can look absolutely stunning with fishtail braids for black hair. Whether you are going for a casual walk, working at the office, attending a wedding, or having an intimate dinner date, fishtail braids can definitely take your look to the next level. I hope that you found this article helpful. Let us go recreate those fishtail braids hairstyles now!

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Diana

Diana used to work as an Assistant Salon Manager in Los Angeles, CA before she started writing for Union of Barbers. With over 10 years of experience, she has tried hundreds of hair care products and has seen, styled, and treated all types of hair. Now, she shares all of the things she has learned in the hair industry and gives advice on everything about hair. When she’s not writing, you can find Diana at the beach on her yoga mat!

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