Compared to the simplest form of hair braid, a Fishtail braid has several practical advantages: it can restrain hair from the top of the head that is too short to reach the nape of the neck, and it spreads the weight and tension of the braid across a larger portion of the scalp. Its sleeker appearance is also sometimes viewed as more elegant and sophisticated.

Fishtail braid quite frequently lately since it’s so easy to do yet looks very complicated as a finished product. Here’s some instructions and pictures of fishtail braid.