HOW-TO: Flipped Fishtail Braid Upstyle

By Lauren Salapatek | 08/29/2013 1:29:00 PM


This "Flipped Fishtail" Upstyle is a simple updo perfect for proms, brides and special occasions.


STEP 1: Apply Redken iron shape 11 (to protect, lock in thermal styling and preserve color) and directionally blow dry hair in the direction of desired volume with a Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush.

STEP 2: Working in sections, tap the Sam Villa Signature Series Textur iron down each section to texturize the entire head – it expands the hair, alters the texture and creates a solid foundation for updos.

STEP 3: Put hair into a high ponytail.

STEP 4: Fishtail braid the hair in the ponytail with large sections and then gently pull hair to loosen the braid.

STEP 5: Flip fishtail forward and secure with pins.

STEP 6: Finish with a firm hold hairspray.



Zone 1: Redken Flash Lift 9NA 30 vol

Glaze: ½ oz Crystal Clear and ½ oz O9G Shades EQ and process for 20 minutes



Geneva Cowen for Sam Villa – Hair and Color

Hair Assistants: George Garcia, Andrew Carruthers, Tina Calzarretta and Mary Urban

Photography: Shalem Mathew – Photographer, Mitch Kitter/Assistant

Make-up: Paula J. Dahlberg

Fashion Styling: Pasqual Sauvageau and Jeremie Cote

click image to zoomClose up of Flipped Fishtail Upstyle.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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