This beautiful and very romantic braid looks difficult, but with some practice and patience, you can master it in plenty of time for your prom, wedding or special event.
It is helpful to remember that braiding is just a simple process of folding sections of hair over each other.
This soft braided style works best on completely dry hair that is all one length. It also works best on shoulder length or longer hair.
Jeweled hair pins and barrettes added at the nape of the neck and at the end of the Fishtail braid also lends a classy touch.
This braid also works beautifully with well placed pearls, flowers, jeweled combs or other hair jewels. You can add the jewels in many different places. You can add a simple tiara to your crown and then do the braid at the back.
You can also add the hair ties at the beginning of the fishtail braid or at the end of it. Be creative and you can create all sorts of different looks.
It is very import to be sure that you brush and completely detangle your hair before you start working on the braid.
This braid is a lot more difficult to accomplish if your hair has tangles or knots. It is important to continue using your fingers to pick up equal amounts of hair sections and form an X configuration.
If your hair is not smooth, it will be difficult to pick up the next strand. Hair will tend to tangle and get in the way.
Since the Two Strand Overlap works best on dry hair, you may decide to shampoo your hair several hours before you add the braid. It is important to note that the braid works best on hair that is not too soft or fluffy.
It is best to avoid using a lot of conditioner after you shampoo to keep hair detangled and conditioned, without being too silky.
If your hair will allow it, use a shampoo that will give your hair more volume rather than softness. Sometimes the Two Strand braid works best after the hair has been set on large heated rollers to give the hair "texture" and volume.
You will need to experiment to determine whether how hair works best in the Two Strand.
While this is a soft and romantic braid, you want to make sure that the strands hold in place.
If you normally air dry your hair, you may want to blow dry it right before you create the Two Strand to make sure that your hair is completely dry.
Dry your hair upside down to give it maximum fullness. Use a slow, cool or cold setting to plump up the hair.
Styling Instructions Steps:
Remember to smooth the hair as you make each new cross. When you pick up hair from one side of your head, make sure you move it to the side opposite from the one you picked up on.
After you have tied off the braid at the nape of the neck, make a Fishtail braid in the hair that is left over at the nape of the neck.
Creating The FishTail Braid
Option #1 - Extra Fullness
While you are making the Two Strand Overlap braid you have the option to keep your hands elevated at the crown level while you are doing this braid.
Once you are finished but before you put a "hair-friendly" hair tie in your hair, let your hands relax to the nape area and allow the braid to slide down softly. This creates fullness behind the ears and in the back of the braid.
Option #2 - Tucked Fishtail
After you have braided the remaining hair into the Fishtail you can tuck it up and under the Two Strand Overlap and pin the braid.
Use hair pins that are smooth and will not damage the hair in any way. When possible, use pins that match your hair color to blend in with the style.
Option #3 - Loose Fishtail
After you have braided the remaining hair into the Fishtail you can let it just hand down from the Two Strand Overlap and add another jeweled hair tie to the very tip of the Fishtail braid.
Let your imagination run wild and create a stunning look that will garner you lots of admiration.