Hair Tutorial: How to Do a Loose, Messy Fishtail Braid

Truly, Anh Co Tran is nothing short of a hair god. He can create romantic, brushed-out waves one minute and then turn around and nail a model-off-duty–style fishtail braid the next. In fact, that’s exactly what he did when we got him in the Byrdie studios. But we know what you’re thinking (because we thought it too): Of course a professional hairstylist can whip up stunning looks in an instant, but what about us non-pros? Well, there’s a reason we invited Tran into our studios. The man can do (duh), but he also can teach.

The fishtail has always been one of those braids that simply escapes me, personally. After having Tran break it down, however, I can confidently say I can fishtail braid. I may not be as speedy as I would like to be, but you don’t have to be fast to do this tutorial.

Braid novices and braid pros alike, this is how you fishtail—scroll through for the step-by-step tutorial!