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Stunning Braids
Few have ever caught a glimpse of the mermaid, a rare sighting from myth and legend. But you can make this an everyday encounter with this splashy, special occasion updo. With not one, not two, but three fishtails that intertwine, this ocean- inspired look will leave your fellow partygoers feeling like they’ve just seen something magical.

And they would have! The Triple Mermaid Updo does have a bit of magic to it. This is a more complicated style; it definitely requires a mastery of the Basic Fishtail, along with the French Fishtail Pony and Fringe Lace Braid techniques. We’ll be combining all three in this look and then weaving them together in a pattern that resembles rolling waves. But don’t actually get this one wet! If you stay ashore and secure it with pins, this updo will stay in all night.

If fishtails are a little too advanced, try out this style with Dutch Braids and Three- Strand Braids to get a similar look. I recommend this look on straightened or wavy hair. Using a flat iron can help the detail in the fishtail braids stand out more, especially when it comes to the lace fishtails.

TIPS FOR PREPPING
Try this look on flat-ironed, roller-set, or naturally straight hair. Personally, I love the way this style looks on straight and wavy hair. With straighter hair, the details really pop.

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  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Create a diagonal part from the arch of the left brow, behind the head, toward the back of the right ear. Part hair from the arch of the right brow toward the center of the head. Stop when you reach the first part, creating a triangle.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Clip the triangular section on top of the head into a bun. Clip away remaining hair on the right side.

    TIP: Since this style is all about detail, add a defrizz milk to aid in braiding.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Begin a French Fishtail Pony (page 53). Direct the French fishtail braid diagonally, picking up small sections of hair on each side, until you reach the nape of the neck.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 4
    Step 4

    At the nape of the neck, begin a Basic Fishtail. Choose hair from the back of the right strand, cross over the right strand, and add it to the left. Repeat.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue to the ends of the hair. Taking smaller sections when creating the fishtail braid will add extra detail. Secure the bottom of the braid with an elastic band.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Smooth the hairline on the right side with a light gel and direct hair away from the face.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Starting from the top corner, take up a small subsection and divide into two strands

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Begin a French fishtail braid, adding small sections of hair to the left and right sides until there is no longer hair to pick up from the back of the scalp.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once you reach the back of the head, begin a Basic Fishtail.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 10
    Step 10

    When fishtail braiding here, take care to use tiny subsections from the back of the strands for added elegance and detail. Continue the fishtail braid to the end of the hair and secure with an elastic band.

    TIP: Use elastic bands similar to hair color. I’m using clear here for a chic look.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 11
    Step 11

    Loosely gather hair from the top section in one hand and separate into two strands.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 12
    Step 12

    Begin a French fishtail braid until reaching the back of the head. Then, transition to a Basic Fishtail.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 13
    Step 13

    Direct the braid to the center of the head by stretch- ing hair form the left side toward the right.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 14
    Step 14

    To make the fishtail braid look fuller, twist each strand before crossing it into its new section.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 15
    Step 15

    Continue the fishtail braid down the length of hair and secure ends with an elastic band.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now that all of the braids are complete and secure, it’s time to have some styling fun!

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 17
    Step 17

    Clip the top section out of the way. Gently loosen the loops of the braid on the right side.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 18
    Step 18

    Bobby pin the right braid over the diagonal parting. This also serves as the base of the style.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 19
    Step 19

    Snake the bottom braid under and through the space between the right braid and scalp. This looks trickier than it is!

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 20
    Step 20

    Bring down the top braid. Direct the braid to the left, wrap around toward the nape of the neck, and bobby pin into place. Roll loose ends into loops and pin anywhere.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 21
    Step 21

    Feel free to twist loose ends and pin them into the style wherever you wish. Get creative with it!

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 22
    Step 22

    Hair pins are crucial for this style. Use hair-colored hair pins throughout the braids to discreetly hold this style in place.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 23
    Step 23

    Pin the end of a fishtail braid over the top fishtail braid. This frames the style, adding texture and detail.

  • How to style a fishtail braid. The Triple Mermaid Updo  - Step 24
    Step 24

    This elegant style is completely customizable. Just make sure to cover any gaps in the style with a braid.

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