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Fishtail Wrapped Bun

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The fishtail braid has quickly become the modern day twist on braids. By simply adding this style to a low bun, a quick hairstyle can become an elegant up-do in minutes. Melissa Cook, contributor of, expresses her love for this fad: “Fishtail braids continue to be all the rage right now and this hairstyle features two of them.” You can dress it up for a wedding, or sport a casual look for a brunch date with your girls–either way, compliments are sure to come your way. “This fishtail wrapped up-do is quick and easy once you get the braiding part down, and the perfect hairstyle to keep in your beauty repertoire. This look is both trendy and chic, and luckily it looks trickier than it actually is to create!” Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to chic hairstyle heaven.

What you need:

  • 2 alligator clips
  • 4 elastic bands
  • 1 donut bun
  • 3-6 hair pins
  • Hairspray

Step 1

With a part on the right side, separate off a portion of hair from the part down to the left ear. Clip off the back portion of hair with an alligator clip.

Step 2

Pick up a section of hair near the part and begin a fishtail French braid. This is done by dividing the section into two halves and crossing small sections of hair underneath to the opposite side while incorporating hair into the braid each time.

Step 3

When all of the hair is brought into the braid, finish braiding the section down into a regular fishtail braid.

Step 4

Gently pull on the edges of the braid to loosen and create a fuller braid. Tie off the end with a clear elastic band.

Step 5

Repeat the previous steps creating another braid on the right side of the head.

Step 6

Let down the hair at the back and sweep it up into a low ponytail, tying it off with another elastic band.

Step 7

Take a hair donut and wrap it over the ponytail.

Step 8

Spread the hair around the donut and wrap another hair band over the top to secure it.

Step 9

Twist the hair sticking out from the donut and wrap it around the base of the bun.

Step 10

Pin down the ends with a hairpin.

Step 11

Pick up the braid from the right side of the head and wrap it over the top of the bun and around to the left side.

Step 12

Slide in some hairpins to secure the braid against the head.

Step 13

Now wrap the braid from the left side over the bun.

Step 14

Pin this braid down with another hairpin.

Step 15
Shower the style with hairspray and smooth down any fly-aways.

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