Thursday 26 April 2018

Get the look: Fishtail plaits

Fern Cotton sports a chunky fishtail plait. Photo: Getty Images
Fern Cotton sports a chunky fishtail plait. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Fishtail plaits are one of the hottest hair trends this season and have weaved their way down every catwalk from Prada to Missoni. Currently the look is on every red carpet, from Fern Cotton at the Brit Awards to Nicole Ritchie at the Winter Kate collection.

Working the trend requires a little time and effort but getting the look right is the perfect statement in impact hair.

Getting fishtail plaits requires a look that is natural and understyled, according to celebrity hair stylist Dylan Bradshaw, who having styled the likes of Glenda Gilson, Amy Huberman and Victoria Smurfit should know a thing or two.

Dylan tells us the real secret comes with the volume. "You can get this with a bit of patience, but fishtail plaits really need volume, the fuller and longer your hair, the better results you will get."

"Start by working in some volumising moose or gel spray like Sebastian's Volume Building Gel, this will give your hair some nice volume and the right amount of movement ready for the weave. Once you've worked through the volume part your hair into a loose ponytail and divide into two equal sections ready to be worked into the plait."

Once your ready to plait, Dylan recommends teasing the hair by backcombing the ponytail and brushing over again to smooth, and before you begin the weave, sweep the plait across left to right or vice versa and then secure the base with clear elastic bobbins ( view a u tube fishtail plait tutorial here ).

Once you've finished your plait and remembered to leave enough at the end for the tail, Dylan has some handy hints for finishing the look."If you look at the way this has been worn on the red carpet it's a real antidote to scraped back hair, it's vibrant, it's chunky and it works best when it's messy". Finish by sweeping the hair over and go for a statement finish.

As styles go this is perfect for a night out or a day at the office and all you really need to do is add a spritz of hair spray to ensure the plait stays in place, remember not to weave too tightly or be scared of the odd stray strand.

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