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Be an instant expert in this stunning hairstyle – just follow our five-step video tutorial

It might look like you need to be a hair genius to master a fishtail braid – but don’t be deceived. Our five-step video proves this outrageously pretty look is deceptively simple to do on yourself… no hairstylist required. My top tips for styling success? Rule one: If you have soft or fine locks, prep with texturising cream or dry shampoo first to help the plaits hold. Rule two: If you have trouble starting a braid, gathering your hair into a ponytail first will make it easier to manipulate (just cut the tie off at the end and you’ll still have a secure braid). Rule three: Mind the size of your sections (no more than a half-inch from each side). Ready, steady… braid!
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