Braids, braids, braids—we can’t get enough of them. The herringbone braid is the latest popular braiding technique, and if it looks familiar to you, that’s because it it’s pretty much the same thing as a fishtail braid, just given a more literal name. The good news is that despite the classy, complicated look, it’s actually super-easy and can be accomplished in four easy steps.
1. Start by taking all of your hair and dividing it into two equally-sized halves. It’s easiest for beginners to start by using an elastic at the base of the braid as you would a ponytail.
2. Take a small section of hair from the right side and bring it over to the left, combining them together. Always take the strands from the underside of the section, then place them in the front of the opposite section.
3. Take a small section of hair, the same size as the last, from the left side, and combine it with the hair on the right.
4. Repeat the process until you reach the ends of your hair, then finish with a hair tie. Spritz with a bit of hairspray to keep loose hairs in place, and rock your herringbone braid all day long.