Day 19: The Fishbone Braid {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Nineteen: The Fishbone Braid
Skill To Learn: Two Strand Braiding
Difficulty: Moderate (practicing on someone else is helpful the first time)
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Clear Elastic

For Day Nineteen of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s learn the fishbone braid!  Let’s begin by clearing up some confustion: a fishbone is done with two strands, not three.  And it is really quite easy once your fingers get the feel of it!  You will have to work a little harder to keep your tensions even with a fishbone if you want it to look tight like my daughter Larken’s, but a loose fishbone is feminine and flirty too, if that’s what you’re going for.  So now let’s learn it together!


Begin with your hair wet and apply gel around the parameter of your face and through the midstrand to the ends.  This will give your hair a tidy look and keep all of the different lengths from popping out down the braid.   For Larken’s hair (above) we combed all of her hair to right under her right ear for a side braid, and if you are a beginner to the fishbone, I suggest this for you too, because it will allow you to watch yourself in the mirror as you go.  Separate your wet hair into two, well-combed  sections.  The basic concept is still the same as simple braiding: right to the middle, left to the middle, except that here, you will just pass the right to the left, left to the right, since you’re working with two strands instead of three.  You want to pull one small strand from the underneath of the right side and wrap it over and hand it to the left side.  Then draw one small strand from the underneath of the left side and pass it over and around to the right.  When you reach the end of your length, simply tie it with an elastic and perhaps a ribbon if you are so inclined 🙂


Good luck and ask any questions that you have in the comment section and I will help you out!


Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness! 


About ~Sarah

Artist. Musician. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Christian. Existentialist. Pilgrim.

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