So, channeling our inner imaginary Fierce Norse Warrioress, let’s break down the Blood Eagle Braid. This one works best on long hair, but can definitely be done on medium length hair. Some texture spray will help you control the braid, and as always with herringbone braids, the smaller sections you use for your overlaps, the cooler it will look in the end (and the longer it will take to do!)
Begin by sectioning out a bit of hair along the front hairline to start your braid. Split it in half, and start a fishtail braid by taking a bit of hair from one side, and overlapping it to the other side, then doing the same thing on the other side. Make sure to keep a firm grip on each side as you work.. (here for more in depth how-to of a fishtail braid:)
When your fishtail braid is a few inches long, add in hair to either side of the braid, as you would with a french braid. Maintain your 2 braid sections, now made bigger by the addition of hair from either side. Begin fishtail braiding again with your bigger sections.
After the second segment of your braid gets to be a few inches long, add more hair to each side again, and then continue fishtail braiding with your now-even-larger sections.
Continue your fishtail braid for a few inches, then add more hair to either side. Continue with this pattern until you have added all the hair in, and you reach the nape of the neck. Then continue fishtail braiding halfway down the ponytail.
Gather the ends into a small elastic, and then take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the elastic to hide it. Pull the end through the elastic, behind the braid.
Do you feel like a queen? I certainly hope so.
BTW, herringbone=fishtail. Also, I almost called this braid the Herring-Boner because it looks so cool, it gives me a non-sexual female braid-boner.