Fighting in Style: The Hunger Games Fishtail Braid

Got what it takes to survive The Hunger Games? Sure, you may have the agility, strength, and smarts, but can you keep up stylistically? AHEM! We’re referring to Katniss Everdeen’s (played by Jennifer Lawrence) oh-so-practical, yet fashionable fishtail braid. If you want to head to opening night in style, you’ve got to try this. Farouk Systems creative artist Danielle Bucco-Regazzi says the hairstyles in this film will influence trends for the next season, so we’re assuming it’s a must see. Here is a simple step by step tutorial so you know just how to accomplish the fishtail braid.

How to Do a Fishtail Braid

A Few Tips: It helps to prep your hair with a bit of styling gel. A slight wave can make the braid more organic. And, as with most braids, it also helps to have long hair. Still, even you short haired fashionistas can attempt this on a small scale. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Gather Your Hair To The Side

Gather Your Hair to the Side

Most fishtail braids curl around your shoulder, so moving it to the side will help you get it started. Another perk is that your arms won’t get as tired while you create it.
Step 2: Split Your Hair Into Two Sections

Split Your Hair Into Two Sections

As evidenced by the two sections, this is not going to be your typical braid, since you would usually start with three.
Step 3: Grab A Piece of Hair From The Outside

Grab A Piece of Hair From The Outside

Hold both sections in one hand as seen in the picture above, and use your other hand to grab a small piece of hair from the outside of section one and bring it over to section two.
Step 4: Keep Going

Keep Going

Continue by doing the opposite, bringing hair from the outside of section two and bringing it over to section one (It’s going to be like a braid in reverse.)
Step 5: Work Your Way Down

Work Your Way Down

Keep braiding all the way down.
Step 6: Secure With Rubber Band

Secure With Rubber Band

You’re all done!
If you need more visual instruction, check out the YouTube fishtail braid tutorial videos by LiliTheDarkMoon and BeautyDept featuring Lauren Conrad.

Images from:,, and Farouk Systems.