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Get the Look: Fishtail Half Up

Add a spin on the classic half up hairstyle with Fishtail braided strands, and beachwaves - simple, classy, yet unique. 
Before the braiding begins, grab your Beachwaver Pro to add those beachywaves.
Half Up Crown Braid:
Step 1: Grab a small portion of hair on the right side of your head and separate into two equal sections. 
Step 2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.
Step 3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reaches the ends of your hair. Hold braid in place with a bobby pin while you braid the other side.
Step 4: Recreate the braid on the left side of your head with another small portion of hair.
Step 5: After both braids are completed, merge the two and finish with a regular three strand braid.

 


 

365 Days of Braids: Week 2

Double French Fish Tail Braid

Step 1: Pull your hair half up and create a *fishtail braid. 

Step 2: Start one **french braid on the left side and another french braid on the right side.

Step 3: As you continue to french braid, swap a strand from the right with the left over top of the fishtail every so often. 

*Fishtail Braid

Step 1: Part hair into two sections.

Step 2: Pull skinny strand from left section.

Step 3: Cross that strand to right section.

Step 4: Pull skinny strand from right section.

Step 5: Cross that strand to left section.

Step 6: Repeat this crisscross pattern pulling strands from opposite side.

**French Braid

Step 1: Part top of hair into 3 sections.

Step 2: Start braiding then add hair from left side to the outer most left section and include in the braid. 

Step 3: Repeat the same process on the right side by adding a section of hair to the outer most right strand. 

Step 4: Continue this pattern until all of your hair is braided. 


 
 

365 Days of Braids: Week 1

5 Strand Fishtail Braid
Step 1: Divide hair into five even sections.
Step 2: Fish tail braid* each individual section.
Step 3: Once all sections are complete, five strand braid* them together and secure with an elastic.

*Fishtail Braid
Step 1: Part hair into two sections.
Step 2: Pull skinny strand from left section.
Step 3: Cross that strand to right section.
Step 4: Pull skinny strand from right section.
Step 5: Cross that strand to left section.
Step 6: Repeat this crisscross pattern pulling strands from opposite side.

*Five Strand Braid
Step 1: Divide hair into 5 sections.
Step 2: Pull outer most strand on left side over the strand next to it and under middle strand becoming the new middle strand.
Step 3: Pull outer most strand on right over the strand next to it and under the middle strand becoming the new middle strand.
Step 4: Repeat this motion alternating sides.


 
 

Get the Look: Fishtail Braid Bun

Fishtail braids are the perfect way to spruce up your everyday hairstyle. Don't let the intricate look intimidate you from trying it out for yourself! 

Classic fishtail braid:

1: Prep damp hair with a flexible mousse, like Aussie Sprunch and Leave-In Conditioner. Gather all your hair over to one side of your head, and separate your hair into two equal sections on that side.

2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.

3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reach the ends of your hair. To create a fuller, messy style, lightly tug the braid, tugging pieces outward to loosen them. 

Fishtail bun:

1: Weave a classic fishtail at the nape of your neck.

2: Coil it into a bun, and pin in place with hairpins.

3: Spritz on light-hold hairspray.


 
 

Looks we loved: MTV Video Music Awards

There were so many hairstyles on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last night but a few, really stole the show. We spotted everything from beachwaves, braids to a to mini victory roll. Here are the looks we loved the most!

Beyonce and Taylor Swift both looked gorgeous with beachwaves! Beyonce won a total of four awards last night, including Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love," Best Video with a Social Message for "Pretty Hurts,"  Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts" and the biggest award of the night, The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Taylor showed off a messy beachy bob before performing her new song "Shake it Off."

Ariana Grande had an sleek half-up hairstyle, a look she always rocks. She won the award for Best Pop Song for "Problem" and performed her song "Break Free" and "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. There was also braids! We were obsessed with Kelly Rowland's braided hair crown and Ireland Baldwin's messy side braid. Kelly Rowland was nominated for Best Video With a Social Message "Dirty Laundry."

Gwen Stefani never disappoints when it comes to how she wears her hair on the red carpet. Her mini victory roll hairstyle really stood out from all the other red carpet looks. Nicki Minaj opted for a subdued elegant blowout, while Kesha looked amazing with edgy rainbow highlights.


 
 

Molly Sims: Beachwaves & Braids

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of styling Molly Sims hair with the Beachwaver. We had a great time and she fell in love with it! So much so, that she is wrote about it on her blog and called it her "Curling Iron Obsession!" It is so great to help teach how to get beautiful beach waves in only a few minutes. The only other thing Molly and I like just as much as pretty Beachwaves, are braids. I was so excited when she asked me to share some easy braid hairstyles. Check out a two strand braid and fishtail braid crown tutorial on her blog!