Rihanna in Milan on Nov. 9, Kim Kardashian in Munich on Sept. 22, Angela Simmons in New York on Sept. 13.
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If you’re not careful, three-strand braids have a way of looking too preschool, too I-just-finished-working-out, or basically anything but edgy. But for a stylish, out-of-the-box plait, try a fishtail braid instead, like the ones worn by Rihanna on Nov. 9 while performing on Italian X Factor, Kim Kardashian on Sept. 22 during Oktoberfest in Munich, and Angela Simmons at a Tracy Reese fashion show on Sept. 13. Sure, it looks complicated, but celebrity stylist Larry Sims — who has worked on Victoria Beckham and Mel B — told us fishtail braids are just as easy as regular twists. Find out Sims’ step-by-step instructions for fishtail braids below.
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STEP 1: Divide the hair you want to braid into two equal sections.
STEP 2: Start the fishtail braid by holding the right section with your right hand. Then, using your left hand, pick up a small chunk of hair from the outside of the left section and cross it over to the inside of the right section.
STEP 3: Repeat on the other side: Hold the left section in your left hand. Use your right hand to pick up a small chunk of hair from the outer right section and cross it over to the inside of the left section.
STEP 4: Continue picking up small sections and crossing them over until you reach the ends of your hair.
STEP 5: Secure with an elastic (like Sephora’s Snag-Free Hair Elastics, $3.50), and spray the braid with a little shine spray like Smooth N’ Shine Scalp & Breakage Miracle’s Root to Tip Oil Sheen Spray ($3.99, drugstore.com) to seal in moisture and boost shine. And you’re all set!
+ Who do you think rocked her fishtail best — Rihanna, Kim, or Angela?