Katey McFarlan’s Romantic Fishtail Braid DIY Tutorial!

Katey McFarlan’s Romantic Fishtail Braid DIY Tutorial! 2022

Katey McFarlan Hellman is just amazing! If you do not know her, you should! I promise you will fall in love with her blog, Chronicles Of Frivolity. She has the best style and GREAT tips for mommy’s wives and is the most organized girl I know. She also has the sweetest and most genuine heart.

The other day we got to play and shoot this fun braid for a tutorial. I think this look would be cute for a bridesmaid, dinner date, wedding guest, a day out with your girls, or even family pictures. It is so versatile! You could go from romantic to fun and sassy with this braid. Below I have posted the steps for this braid, and after the tutorial, I have provided a way to enter the giveaway for these two-piece hair extensions by Amber Fillerup!

Step by step guide to make Romantic Fishtail Braid like Katey McFarlan

STEP 1 First, we put some clip-in extensions in to create body and length, which allows a super pulled apart, messy, romantic braid. We used these extensions.


STEP 4 Take a small section from one side and begin to twist, adding hair as you go, sweeping the hair over to one side. Once you have it where you want the braid to start, you can then secure it with crisscrossing bobby pins to start the foundation for the braid.

STEP 5 Separate into two big pieces, letting some of the shorter hairs at the top fall loose.

STEP 6 Grab a tiny piece from one of the two pieces and cross it over the top to merge with the other side.

STEP 7 Grab another tiny piece from the side you just merged with, cross it over the top, then merge with the other side, continue this until about 2-3 inches away from the bottom of the length.

TIP: Grabbing smaller pieces makes for a more intricate braid, and when you grab the small pieces to cross over, grab from the outside of each section.

STEP 8 Grab the end of the braid with one hand while you loosen the braid with the other. Do this by pulling some of the hair loose in the braid. This creates a, sometimes, messier (depending on how much you pull) and thicker braid.

STEP 9 Secure with a clear pony and then wrap a tiny little hair around it and tuck it in.

STEP 10 Pulldown pieces around your face and loosen anything else that you want messier and bigger.

 STEP 11 We curled the top pieces with this GHD 1 inch barrel leaving the last 2 inches out. If you have hair like Katey (will hold anything, even the Shirly-ist curls all week long), pull the curl down after you curl it to relax it a little. If you have hair like me (that could fall soon), recoil the curl and hold it in your hand until it cools off so your curls will last!

STEP 12 Spray with hair spray, and you are good to go all day and all night!

I hope you’ll like this braid as much as we did and are able to achieve this look! Send me pics of your braids or tag me on Instagram. I would love to see it!


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