Mom Hair Monday: Easy Fishtail Braid

Never done a fishtail braid before? The Vintage Modern Wife breaks it down into a few steps that will take your hair from drab to fab in 5 minutes! Check out this first installment of #momhairmonday!

Even though I’m mostly home with Addie during the week, sometimes I just need to throw on some makeup and do a cute hairstyle even if I know I won’t be walking out of the house. It helps me stay sane and gives me something fun to do during her nap time. I was so excited when I had my hair in an easy fishtail braid on Periscope the other day (look me up- @mathewsbambina) and everyone was asking for a tutorial. Lucky for you guys- I’m starting a new series on Monday’s called Mom Hair Monday.

The goal of Mom Hair Monday? To give you a cute, functional hairstyle that will take you from drab to fab in 5 minutes. 5 minutes is all we have, right moms? I’ll be showing you my tried and true hairstyles that are no fuss but look like you put in a ton of effort. The first Mom Hair Monday starts NOW and is an easy fishtail braid.

What will you need for your easy fishtail braid?

2 clear hair elastics

a brush (I love the Wet Brush)

a rat tail comb

Never done a fishtail braid before? The Vintage Modern Wife breaks it down into a few steps that will take your hair from drab to fab in 5 minutes! Check out this first installment of #momhairmonday!

Here’s how to do it:

1. Use your rat tail comb to tease your hair at the crown to give a little lift to your hair. Go as simple or dramatic as you like! Then, brush and smooth your hair into a side ponytail beside your ear. Secure the ponytail with a clear hair elastic. Make sure you secure it not too loose, but not super tight.

2. Split your ponytail into 2 sections. Grabbing from the BACK, take a small section of hair from the left, go OVER the hair and add it to the right section. Then, grabbing from the back again, take a small section of hair from the right, go OVER the hair and add it to the left section. The smaller your sections, the more “fishtail”- like your hair will look.

3&4. Keep repeating this pattern, grabbing from the back, taking your small section of hair, going over the large section, and adding it to the opposite side. When you’re finished, secure your braid with a clear hair elastic very tightly.

5. Take your clear elastic at the top of your braid and either carefully cut it with a pair of scissors, or take the elastic off. This will make your hair look more loose. I like this method because I can really control the tightness of my fishtail braid when I have the elastic at the top.

6. Using the end of your rat tail comb and your fingers, gently pull out some of the sections of your braid to give it a not-so-perfect look. You can tug just a little, or go wild and really make it messy depending on where you’re headed!

So there you have it- an easy fishtail braid tutorial. I suggest practicing once or twice the night before if it’s your first try, but once you learn how to do it, I promise you’ll want to do the fishtail braid more than a typical braid or french braid. Let me know if you try it, and make sure to come back next Monday for another Mom Hair Monday hairstyle!

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  1. Such a great idea for a series! I’m always looking for quick easy ways to fix my hair other than a quick pony tail or messy bun as I wrangle children. Fishtail braid is one of my new favorites!

  2. Such a pretty style! My daughter loves fishtail braids.
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  3. I love fishtail braids! Great tutorial 🙂
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  4. Such a great series. I was thinking about doing a week long challenge, where I actually do my hair everyday, instead of just wearing it down, might have to steal some of your ideas 🙂

  5. This is really beautiful. I’m still not sure I can do it (I’m horrible at braiding), but I’ll have to at least give it a shot. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. I love the way fishtail braids look. I need to try it out!
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  7. I love the fishtail braid! So easy
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  8. Barbara Mitchell says:

    This is beautiful! Love this braid! Excellent tutorial

  9. So simple and pretty! Definitely something different than my usual ponytail!
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  10. I seriously LOVE this series idea! And since I have no idea how to braid I’ll be tuning in for all your hair tips!

  11. So pretty! I need to save this for when my hair is long enough to do this with!
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  12. OH I so want to learn how to fishtail braid my hair! I seem to never be able to get the hang of it. I am so going to have to print out this tutorial and try again! I love this hairstyle on you!
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  13. So my hair is definitely too short to try this with, but I definitely want to try this on my daughter! 🙂 I am so girl hair styling challenge, lol.
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  14. And that should say challenged and not challenge, lol!
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  15. Jess Scull says:

    I need to try and master this braid! Its so cute!

  16. Such a cute look, I will have to try it soon!

    xx Kelly
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  17. Love this! Such a great idea for busy moms. I picked you as my favorite from our linky party this week!
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