Ok Amy this is my second attempt writing all of this again...grrr!!! Braiding a fishtail is simple, but hard to explain. This is easiest when starting from a ponytail. Section into two parts, one in each hand. Take a small section from the outer part of the left strand, cross it over to the section in the right hand,, so you still only have to parts total. Take from the right, outer section and cross it to the left side. This will make and X shape. Once again you are only holding two parts. You will Repeat these steps until finished.