Anyone else still obsessed with fishtail braids?  Martha Lynn here, and there’s nothing I love more than a style that can accomplish two things at once, and a “half-up” look manages to give you the best of both worlds — the romantic feel of your hair down, partnered with the polished look of an updo. This simple technique takes your average “half-up” style and turns it up a notch by pairing it with a couple of fishtail braids… the end result is gorgeous, whimsical and super versatile.

  1. Start with hair in your natural part. Divide hair in front of the ear into two sections as pictured.
  2. Start fishtailing the hair. If you still haven’t mastered the fish tail technique check out Claire’s tutorial here!
  3. Once the first fishtail is complete, secure with clip.
  4. Braid second fishtail on other side of part and gather both braids at the ends.
  5. Secure with a clear rubber band. Wiggle the rubber band down a tiny bit to loosen the braids.
  6. Carefully tug on braids to loosen them up — the more you pull them apart, the larger they will be. Use a comb or fingers to pull hair at crown to add volume.
  7. Curl remaining hair at the bottom. When curling, alternate directions so curls stay separated
  8. Set with hairspray.

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