Video Tutorial: The "Faux Fishtail Ponytail"

Deven Hopp

In case you missed it, we’re rolling out a series of chic yet doable hair video tutorials. First we showed you how to do a heat-free rolled chignon in under a minute. Next up, a little something for anyone who loves the look of fishtail braids but doesn’t have the patience to execute them—the faux fishtail pony. You can thank the hair gurus at celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin’s website Mane Addicts for introducing us to this faux-braiding technique anyone can do.

Check out the instructions below and watch the video above to see how it’s done!

1. Separate your hair into two even sections. Clip one side to keep it out of the way.

2. Using a wide-tooth comb, like the Tidy Detangling Comb ($8) from Sephora, start back-combing your hair in large vertical sections. Start from the back of your head and work toward the front. You’ll probably need about three sections.

3. Release the side that’s clipped, and back-comb that section. If your hair is parted to the side, tease the top piece, too.

4. Keep the two sides separate as you start to roll one of them. Starting along your hairline behind your ear, roll your hair back toward your part. Don’t try to get all your hair at once.

5. Once you reach the back, insert a bobby pin down the length of your twist. You may need more than one bobby pin to hold it in place. It’s ok if your twist isn’t perfect; let it come a little loose.

6. To finish, spritz texturizing spray all over (we’re using Stay Essential Finishing Spray ($16) from Wella) and muss it all up. The more disheveled it is, the better your faux-fishtail pony will look.

Have you ever tried this faux-fishtail braid technique? Share your thoughts below!

Credits: Hair: Sascha Breuer, Videographer: Dave Lang, Makeup: Jeffrey Baum, Nails: Barbara Warner, Model: Bryden, Produced by Clique Studio with Mane Addicts

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