With fall underway, I’ve been on the hunt for new hairstyles to dress up my look. I was a HUGE fan of the messy bun all summer as I found it complimented my maxi dresses well, and while I still like to sport my beloved bun hairstyles on days I can’t be bothered to wash my hair, I’ve been having more face-to-face meetings lately and feel I need to add a more stylish and trendy look to my hairstyle rotation.

Back in my corporate days, important meetings meant sleek ponytail and high bun hairstyles, but I find those looks are a bit over-the-top for a WAHM who meets with clients at Starbucks in between school pick-ups and drop-offs. So I’ve been flipping through magazines and searching my feed on Pinterest for inspiration, and decided to give the fishtail braid a try.

I fell in love with this style a few years ago when the layers in my hair were too short to pull the look off, but now that my hair is a bit longer, I find a small amount of styling wax and hairspray helps smooth my hair and tame fly-aways.

If you're on the hunt for hairstyles for fall to keep your long hair out of your face, give one of these fishtail braid hairstyles for long hair a try! They are the perfect running late hairstyles for days when you don't have time to wash your hair, and can be dressed up for special occasions like weddings or holiday parties, or dressed down for a night on the town with the girls. Full hair tutorials included!

Here are 8 different fishtail braid hairstyles I’ve been experimenting with lately. I find they are a great way to make me look more put-together, and since they work best on second-day hair, they make the perfect running late hairstyles.

I hope you love these hairstyles for long hair as much as I do!

1. BASIC SIDE FISHTAIL BRAID

If you don’t know how to do a fishtail braid, or need a refresher, this tutorial by thebeautydepartment.com is a great place to start. It will give you the basics on how to perfect the fishtail braid, and with a little texture, you can make this a less structured and more casual look.

2. DUTCH FISHTAIL BRAID

I absolutely love this Dutch fishtail braid by Missy Sue. It took a bit of practice for me to perfect the top part of the braid, but I assure you, it was worth the time and effort! I love wearing this look with a big, chunky sweater, and I find it’s a great way to keep my hair out of my face while also looking stylish!

3. CHUNKY REVERSE FISHTAIL BRAID

You all know how much I love all of Luxy Hair’s styles, and this Chunky Reverse Fishtail Braid is no exception. I think this is a fabulous look for fall and winter, and I love Mimi’s suggestion to apply hair extensions if you want to add a bit of length to your braid!

4. FISHTAIL BRAID UPDO

This Dutch braid meets messy bun look by Missy Sue is perfect for a night out on the town with the girls and it’s surprisingly easy to do!

5. HALF UP, HALF DOWN DUTCH FISHTAIL BRAID

If you’re a fan of the half up, half down look (like me!), you will LOVE this Dutch fishtail braid creation by Alex Gaboury. It’s perfect for summer weddings or holiday parties, and I think the sexy beach waves really finish the look off!

6. DOUBLE DUTCH FISHTAIL BRAID UPDO

If you’re looking for an updo for a special event, I would definitely consider this ‘do by Missy Sue. The double Dutch braids provide an elegant look, and I love that the bun is both structured and messy. I’m bookmarking this one for Christmas!

7. SIDE FISHTAIL BRAID

I really love this look by Luxy Hair. It’s the perfect compliment to beachy waves, and while it isn’t overly complicated, it’s a great way to add a bit of style to your look when you’re running late!

8. HALF UP FISHTAIL FRENCH BRAIDS

This half up look by Missy Sue is another fabulous style for weddings and holiday parties, or days when you have a little extra time and want to dress up your look!

If you like these fishtail braid hairstyles for long hair, please share them on Pinterest!

If you're on the hunt for hairstyles for fall to keep your long hair out of your face, give one of these fishtail braid hairstyles for long hair a try! They are the perfect running late hairstyles for days when you don't have time to wash your hair, and can be dressed up for special occasions like weddings or holiday parties, or dressed down for a night on the town with the girls. Full hair tutorials included!

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Dani
Founder and Editor at Meraki Lane
Dani is a 30-something freelance writer and social media consultant who has an unhealthy love for makeup, hair, and fashion. She lives with her husband and 4-year-old daughter in Toronto, Canada and hopes to move to a warmer climate someday. Preferably tomorrow.

This is an excerpt from the article The Fishtail Braid: 8 hairstyles for long hair we love which originally appeared on http://www.cloudywithachanceofwine.com/.