How to Make a Dutch Fishtail Braid in 5 Easy Steps

Dutch Fishtail

A Dutch fishtail braid is a versatile style that gives the appearance of thin symmetrical strands meeting at the center of your plait.

Mastering a fishtail braid is an excellent way to stay on trend as you can easily dress it up or down for any occasion.

The Dutch fishtail version uses the underhand approach to make your braid stand out with a defined lift rather than blending in with surrounding hair like a traditional fishtail braid.

What’s the Difference Between a Regular and Dutch Fishtail Braid?

There is a simple question to ask when deciding between a fishtail braid and the Dutch alternative — do you want to rock simplicity or have a braid that makes a statement? The Dutch fishtail braid is a variety of the classic technique that uses the underhand approach to make your braid stand out with a defined lift rather than blending in with surrounding hair like a traditional fishtail. The technique between the two is almost identical, however you might need to concentrate a little more at first to ensure that you achieve a raised braid by passing strands underhand for the Dutch. The best part about the Dutch fishtail braid is that somehow, the finished hairdo looks amazingly tight and clean as well as loose and messy which effortlessly matches any style.

Dutch Fishtail Braid

Dutch Fishtail Braid

Dutch Fishtail Braid How-To: Step-by- Step Tutorial

Step 1: Brush through hair to eliminate any tangles. Start by selecting two small and equal portions of hair. Move a piece on the outside of the right portion underneath to the left portion. Incorporate a new piece of hair into the braid from the right side, following underneath to the left portion as well. Moving the right portion up and out of the way makes adding new sections into the braid much easier to see and handle as you go.

How to Do a Dutch Fishtail Braid: Step 1

Select two small and equal portions of hair.

Step 2: Move a piece on the outside of the left portion underneath to the right portion. Briefly lift up your left portion and incorporate new hair into the braid from the left side into your right portion. Tucking each strand underneath will achieve the iconic raised look of the Dutch fishtail braid.

How to Do a Dutch Fishtail Braid: Step 2

Move a piece on the outside of the left portion underneath to the right portion.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all hair is incorporated into the braid.

How to Do a Dutch Fishtail Braid: Step 3

Repeat steps 1 and 2.

Step 4: With your larger two portions, take a piece from the outside right underneath to the inside left. Then take a piece from the outside left underneath to the inside right. Repeat until you reach the end of your braid and secure with an elastic band.

How to Do a Dutch Fishtail Braid: Step 4

When you reach the end of your braid, secure with an elastic band.

Step 5: Lightly pull each section from the start of the braid to the elastic band to achieve a natural look, adjust any tight sections, and make the fishtail braid appear wider. Curl any flyaways and set with hairspray.

How to Do a Dutch Fishtail Braid: Step 5

Curl any flyaways and set with hairspray.

Video-Tutorial How to Do a Dutch Fishtail Braid

With a little practice, the Dutch fishtail braid will become your go-to look, whether you need a stunning style for a wedding or a cute way to tie back your hair for a hiking date. This quick and easy braid is fun and fresh for every season, especially since you can wear it to one side as shown here, as well as down the middle for a classic look.

Add this fishtail braid to your collection and try your hand at perfecting your very own version. Until you get the hang of this technique, take a peek at our helpful guide to help you along the way:

Dutch Fishtail Braid For Long Hair

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