Friday, September 30, 2016

Double braided fishtail tutorial (& the best extensions for thick hair!)

Hello darlings!  Today I’m sharing a tutorial for one of my favourite hairstyles for second day hair (or 4th day hair if you are anything like me!).  This style looks very fancy but it’s actually super easy to do yourself and is perfect for hiding greasy roots or messy bedhead.  Believe me when I say, dry shampoo and hair extensions can fix any bad hair day!

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Step 1:
Add a little length! My hair is currently very long, but I find when I braid it, I loose so much of my natural length.  Adding in hair extensions makes this very simple look so much more glam!

Here's a quick shot of me without any hair extensions.  Now, I naturally have super thick hair, and finding extensions that don't look weird on me is a major challenge.  I had a set of extensions I'd used in the past but even though they were full and thick at the top, the ends were very thin.  (If you want to see the issue I'm talking about, just check out this post I once shared... seriously what was I thinking when I wore my hair like that?!?  #Fail!)

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Luckily, I've since found the perfect extensions for girls with thick hair.  The "Royal Remy" collection from Irresistible Me is seriously amazing.  The hair is the same thickness from top to bottom which means you don't have to worry about your ends looking sad and stringy!

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

You can see that after I put the 22" extensions in, my hair is literally so long that it doesn't even fit in the camera frame!  But look how thick and full they are at the bottom!  Seriously, so much hair!

Ps. I'm wearing the Irresistible Me human hair extensions in the colour platinum blonde but I used the Wella T18 toner to make them a perfect match to my current ombre blonde hue.

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Alright, back to the tutorial...

Step 2:
Section off a small amount of hair at your part, about an inch from your hairline.

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Step 3. Begin your first fishtail braid by splitting this sectioned off hair into two sides.  Grab a small piece from one side and cross it over to the other side.  Next grab a small piece of hair from the second side and cross it over to the first side.  Continue doing this until a braid begins to form and grows long enough to pass your shoulders.  Don't tie it off just yet though!

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Step 4:

Pull it all apart! But seriously, pulling your fishtail braid apart (aka. "pancake-ing") will make the braid look thicker as well as more soft and effortless. When you pull the braid apart make sure to grab the outside few hairs on each loop instead of grabbing the entire loop.  This way, your braid will still maintain some structure and won't fall apart in the process.

Once you are happy with how your braid looks, tie it off using a small clear elastic.

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Step 5:

Gather all your hair (including the braid you already finished) at the nape of your neck and repeat the fishtail braid process hiding the ends of your first fishtail within the second braid.

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Step 6:

Continue braiding your hair all the way down, leaving 2-3 inches of unbraided hair at the ends.  Pull the second braid apart until it is as loose as you'd like, then tie off the ends with an elastic or pretty ribbon.

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

Voila!

You are officially done and now get to spend the rest of the day with epic #Mermaid hair!

Mermaid hair tutorial: DIY double braided fishtail braid.

- Special thanks to Irresistible Me for providing the hair extensions for this post! -
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