Step-by-step Braid Tutorial on Double-Dutch Fishtail Half-up Messy Bun


Phew - that's a mouthful: "Double-Dutch Fishtail Half-up Messy Bun"!  I’m back with a new, edgy style that combines a lot of more simple techniques that you can find in earlier posts, including Dutch braiding, Fishtail, and messy buns. I’ve gotten a lot of this type of inspiration recently from Pinterest, and if you aren’t following me on Pinterest, please check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/sunquisthair/

SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Final Far
I’m not sure what the occasion would be for this fun little number, but I wore it out last Friday when I was in LA, and got lots of comments, so maybe this is a style that lends itself well for being out and about.  Also - you might notice I decided to take off the prisma filter this week, so let me know what you think of my more natural blog pic style by emailing me: braidbar at sunqui.st!

Braid Bar Box 

As with most of my posts, you will be able to execute this look with the right tools, all of which are sold on my site, in the Braid Bar Box. Use the dry shampoo to get some grippiness to the hair, and also to keep your hair from looking greasy. You’ll need at least two clear plastic elastic, a handful of good grippy bobby pins, and one larger ponytail holder (unless you have thinner hair, and then you can use the clear elastics for the bun too. Because you are sectioning off the hair into several sections, a rattail comb is particularly convenient to have on hand. All of the sprays have UV protection, and with braids such as this one, it’s a great way to give that hair some sun care.

Creating a Messy Bun

Messy buns are very hard to explain in pictures, so if and when I start video tutorials, I will absolutely start out with a messy bun so that you guys can see. In any case, the real trick is to set it up like a ponytail, but instead of pulling the ends all the way through, create another loop in the elastic over the whole knot. Then, use some bobby pins and hairspray to play around with how big and even or messy you want it to be. I’ve seen some tutorials where girls take the two sides of the knot and attach them, sort of making a donut shape. Of course, it’s your choice how you want it to look, but my preference is to use more bobby pins to just shape as you go.

Dutch Fishtail Braid

The Dutch Fishtail Braid is one of my favorite braids, as it looks totally rad but it’s on the easier side conceptually. If you haven’t read my other fishtail blog posts, check out the Fishtail Hawk Ponytail post here: https://sunqui.st/blogs/braid-bar/fishtail-hawk-ponytail and also my first Fishtail post here with step-by-step instructions on a normal fishtail braid: https://sunqui.st/blogs/braid-bar/fishtail-messy-bun-and-half-up-fishtail

Double-Dutch Fishtail Half-up Messy Bun (Step-by-Step Instructions)

And now for this week’s final product:
  1. Try to split the hair directly down the middle as best you can, using a fishtail comb.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 1
  2. You can play around with exactly where to separate out the outer parts, but I find that the braids look the best if you start with separating out the top sections from the outer arch of your eyebrows.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 2
  3. Gather up the hair you won’t be using into a tight ponytail and fasten with a ponytail holder or clip to get the hair out of the way. If you have wispy front hairs, spray some smoothing spray or hair spray onto your hand and smooth the hair down so that you can tell which hair will be incorporated into the dutch fishtails.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 3
  4. Clip one section down to clearly mark your first fishtail section.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 4
  5. Use dry shampoo or hairspray to spray the remaining section to add more texture if needed.
  6. Separate out a front section from the remaining hair and lightly backcomb the bottom of the hair to add more volume to the final braid.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 6
  7. Start your Dutch Fishtail, adding small sections of your hair along. I have played with how much to add per section, and I found the best performance was to be consistent, and also to add about half of one of the two main braid sections in each time. You can also try to add in new sections only from the outside, underneath the first section and to the inside of the second without separating out anything from the existing braid. See what works for you.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 7
  8. When you have incorporated all the hair from that section, work another few rotations of the braid to give yourself room for pancaking the braid and to add into the final messy bun.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 8
  9. Pancake out the braid, carefully as to not pull out too much of the hair, and then tie the braid off with a clear plastic elastic.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 9
  10. Do steps 5 through 9 to the second section of hair.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 10a
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 10b
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 10c
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 10d
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 10e
  11. When you have both braids complete, add another section of hair from the back of the head to add more volume to the messy bun.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 11
  12. Carefully remove the two clear elastics once the hair has been added to the ponytail holder, and then put all that combined hair into one messy bun.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Step 12
  13. Use bobby pins to create the desired messy bun look, and spray the whole head with hairspray to achieve your final style.
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Final Side
    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Double-Dutch Fishtail Messy Final Close