Part hair in the middle and separate into two even sections. Tie one section out of the way. Spray roots lightly with texturizing spray to add volume and hold.
Take the loose section of hair and begin French braiding it from the top. Quick primer: Divide hair into three sections, then take small, equal-sized pieces of hair from either side and add them in as you braid. The plait can be fairly loose but it should stay consistent throughout. Make sure to braid straight back, only pulling to the center once you near the nape of your neck.
Continue braiding until all your hair is incorporated into the braid (around the nape of your neck). Secure the braid with a small elastic and follow steps 1 and 2 for the other side of your hair. Secure this side as well. You should now have two French braids running down the back of your head.
Taking one side, separate the hair below the elastic into two equal sections. Take a small piece from one section and cross it over to the inside of the other section to begin a fishtail braid. Learn how to master the fishtail braid here. Secure the end of the braid one to two inches about the end of your hair and fishtail the other side as well
Carefully snip the elastics at the nape of your neck and gently arrange hair to flow naturally from the French braid into the fishtail.
Photo: Mara Hoffman Swim '12