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Exclusive! DIY Shay Mitchell's Romantic Fishtail Braid

Sep 5 2014 - 2:00pm

Whether you're going on a first date with a new Match.com stud or your thousandth with your significant other, you want the same thing out of your hairstyle: a pretty, romantic look that appears as if you tried [1] . . . but not too hard. Flowing waves, braids, up, down — it's almost impossible to choose. That is, until JCP Salon [2] and Matrix creative director, Nick Stenson, combined the best of all sexy-sweet hairstyles into one simple, unique look. And who would make a better model than braid queen Shay Mitchell [3]? By wrapping a fishtail braid around the side of Shay's head while keeping some strands loose, Nick created a dressy-casual 'do that's sure to make your date do a double take. Click through to copy the look for your next big night out.

Step 1

Prep damp, next-day hair with Matrix Biolage Blow-In Control [4] ($16) to add flexible hold and give body to your strands.

Step 2

After adding Matrix Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk [5] ($16) to control frizz and flyaways, blow hair straight.

Step 3

Separate your hair into three pieces, then tuck the center and right two-thirds out of the way. Begin fishtail braiding [6] the remaining third: split this section into two, then take a piece from the left side and pass it to the right side. Repeat, alternating sides until your braid is complete.

Step 4

Pin the braid's base securely to your head so it doesn't shift, then wrap it so it sits over your shoulder. Add pins for support as needed.

Step 5

Take a segment of unbraided hair from the front of your hairline and pin to the fishtail, creating a side ponytail effect. Once this step is complete, it should appear from the left side that your hair is braided, but that your hair is down on the right.

Step 6

Finish by curling ends with a wide-barreled curling iron like this one from Sultra [7] ($130) to create soft, loose waves. Seal the style with Matrix Biolage Freeze Fix [8] ($17).

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