Pull hair back into a ponytail. If this is your first time trying a fishtail, start by securing your hair with a disposable clear elastic or a hair bungee.
Divide the ponytail into two smaller, equal-sized ponytails.
Separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the left ponytail.
Pull this piece across the top of the left ponytail over to the right ponytail. “Don’t twist the hair as you bring it across,” says stylist Joshua Farrington.
Next, separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the right ponytail.
Pull this piece across the top of the right ponytail over to the left ponytail.
Repeat steps 3-6 until you run out of hair. “Don’t worry if it’s messy,” says Farrington. “That’s part of the charm.”
When you’re finished braiding, secure the ends with a second elastic.
If you used an elastic to start at the nape of the neck, cut it out. If you used a hair bungee, simply remove. Be sure to adjust the hair so that there’s no crease.