Fishtail-Hawk Ponytail


This style is a new braid for me, but I have to admit, I’m hooked on this one! After trying it out and then shooting the look for this blog post, I wore the style pretty much all weekend. You’ll need to have mastered a Dutch Fishtail, but as long as you have that covered, the rest is fairly simple. To get a really successful styling here, be sure that your hair is decently dirty so that you don’t get a ton of flyaways, and so that you can really smooth down the ponytail to accentuate the top braid.

SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Pony Final Top

The second part of this style that really makes the ponytail full and rockin is a trick I just learned recently: make a fuller, longer ponytail by stacking two or three ponytails on top of one another. Nobody will ever notice that you have more than one if you are sure to tease the hair and spray to complete the fullness of the look.

Braid Bar Box

I’ve added a new product to my website which I think you will all really like – the Braid Bar Box. This particular style uses just about everything included in the box: dry shampoo, finishing spray, and hairspray (all with suncare for your hair), a strong rattail comb, and a generous pile of bobby pins and elastics.  For this look, you'll want three clear plastic elastic, a couple of the bobby pins, the rattail comb, the dry shampoo, the finishing spray, and the hold hair spray.

SunQuist Braid Bar Box

Step-by-Step Instructions on the Faux-Hawk Dutch Fishtail Ponytail (with pictures)

  1. After combing all of your hair towards the back of your head, take your pointer finger from either hand and separate out the top section of hair
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 1
  2. Use a rattail comb to clean up the part on either side of the head, and the back of the section at the crown.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 2a
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 2b
  3. Take that section and pin it out of the way.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 3
  4. Straighten the remaining front pieces of hair to create a smoother ponytail
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 4
  5. Attach the bottom hair temporarily to a low ponytail to clearly separate out the top section
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 5
  6. Use finishing spray to further smooth the surrounding hair.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 6
  7. Begin a Dutch fishtail braid. Dutch Fishtail braids simply follow the same logic as the normal fishtail, but take the outer section of hair and the outer piece of the existing braid and pass them both under the braid to the other section.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 7
  8. For more information – please check out my first fishtail blog post here
  9. Using all the hair from the top section, continue the fishtail to the crown of the head, and then do a few more passes.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 8
  10. Pancake out the braid and spray to keep the hold. Tie off with a clear elastic ponytail holder.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 9
  11. Take a small piece from either side of the front of the braid and comb back. Pin the pieces underneath the ponytail or attach as the first ponytail.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 10
  12. Create your first ponytail with the rest of the front of the hair, combing and smoothing as you go.
  13. You can complete the look here for a half-up style, or continue for a full ponytail.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Half-Up Final Look
  14. Create the second (and third) ponytails directly underneath the first with the rest of your hair. Remove the first elastic holding the fishtail once the other ponytails are in place.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Step 11
  15. Comb back, tease, and spray the ponytails to get a fuller look.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Pony Final Left
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Fishtail-Hawk Pony Final Right