Fishtail Pleat


Yesterday was such a busy day for me but I surely enjoyed it.

Last week, I wrote 5 blog posts in total, and I felt so satisfied and pleased with myself for doing it. So, what better way to ensure that I’m feeling relieved and content with myself this week? Of course: Lots of blogging.

Today I want to focus this post merely on my fishtail pleat (which you may or may not have noticed in the picture above). A fishtail pleat is a type of braid; pigtail; pleat or whatever you might call it. Firstly, I just want to say that on your first time doing it – please do not get annoyed at yourself if you find it slightly tricky. It is a very intricate thing to do and you must be rather pedantic when you are first trying to get the hang of it. However, once you have got used to doing it; it should be a pleasure to do on a rushed morning (or if you’re going to the gym, like me today, and want to do something different with you hair).

When I wanted to learn how to do it, I popped on to the old faithful ‘YouTube’ to see how it was done. All the girls in the videos were so perfect and made it look so damn easy that I got so infuriated (cursed a bit, had a tantrum, took a deep breath) and then tried again. This time, I tried it without the video and I found this less patronizing. I took my time with it and yeah, I’ll admit, I may have talked to myself quite a bit whilst I was getting it done – but I got there in the end. I actually began to find it quite therapeutic when I discovered what I was doing. If I had of been able to watch myself, from someone else’s point of view, whilst I first attempted to try the fishtail pleat – it would have been priceless.

In order to do the fishtail pleat you should divide your hair into two even sections. One being the left piece; and the other the right. The first thing you should do, once you have done this, is take a thin strand of hair from the left section- pull it up and across – from the left section. (I’m not sure if this is sounding rather complicated but I can assure you it really isn’t). The hardest part, for me, was getting used to holding the different sections without dropping them and losing my place. After you have pulled the thin strand away from the left section: Tuck it in under the right. (This now becomes part of the right section). I hope you guys haven’t lost me yet; perhaps I should have made a video to explain this for you. Once you have done this, gently tug on the two sections to tighten them. Afterwards, you take a thin strand from the right section this time and you pass it across to the left, tuck it under,  and this now becomes a part of the left section. Again, give it a little gentle tug. Then take from the left, move to the right, tuck under and so on and so forth. Keep alternating sides until you reach the end of your hair. Stick in a hair tie, bobble or elastic band – whatever floats your boat or whatever you have nearby. I always try and find a smaller bobble to finish off the look.

I hope that I haven’t absolutely annoyed the life out of you by confusing you and making it sound so damn easy; I whole-heartedly agree that as a beginner, there is nothing worse, than someone making it look easy. But trust me, it is just that! Stick at it, practice, practice, practice! It is such an elegant and pretty look. People always compliment me and ask me how I done it and assume that it is difficult – and time consuming – but it really ain’t. 
Give it a try! (and be sure to let me know how you get on).
Tomorrow I will be posting a haul of the items I bought today (all of which were BARGAINS). Everyone loves a bargain! I spent £9 and I got 4 beautiful items: A halter neck bikini top, a yellow designed crop top, a pair of amazing gym leggings & a cute set of underwear. Not bad for £9, eh? Most people spend that on one item. So watch this space! There will be a new post tomorrow!
Until next time
Charlene McElhinney 
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Twitter: @blogabtnothing1 @CBeechat


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