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The messy fishtail braid
The messy fishtail braid
The messy fishtail braid
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The messy fishtail braid

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The classic three-strand braid is no longer just for the young and innocent. Even the biggest fashionistas have now been seen sporting it in its many different forms.  Mermaid braid, fishtail braid, two-strand braid… Spoilt for choice! Here’s more about the messy fishtail braid.
 
The Michael Kors fishtail braid. For the designer’s Spring-Summer 2012 collection, the trend was wild yet chic, with featured mohair braids to complement this theme. Models wore re-vamped mohair braids with leather shoelaces worked into the hair for a dishevelled look. To create this messy fishtail braid you need long, preferably thick hair. This style needs lots of hair to work with!
 
On the catwalks. To intensify the wild side of this hairstyle, hair is slicked down using a wet-look gel. Hair is parted in the centre and the front of the hair is pulled back into a half ponytail. The hair is then plaited together, section by section, with the leather laces. Pieces of hair are twisted, braided, criss-crossed… So though the effect of this style is messy and dishevelled, it still requires a lot of skilful styling!
 
At home. To create a similar style without having to spend a whole day doing so, here’s a simplified version of the messy fishtail braid. Firstly, apply a texturizing powder to dry hair to add body and make it easier to style. Start by creating a loose half ponytail at the back of your head. Then, take a leather shoelace and roll it around the base of your ponytail. Starting from the nape of the neck, divide your hair horizontally and twist three pieces of hair separately. Next, gather them together and work in your leather shoelace. Tie with a hairband and repeat this process until you reach the ends of your hair.
 

 
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