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Get red carpet hair like Blake Lively with this easy fishtail braid tutorial

There's nothing quite as effortless — or as romantic — as a braid. But what's really special about your classic braid?

Well, that's where the fishtail braid comes in.

This cool and unique braid is a red carpet favorite of Blake Lively, and we can certainly see why. It's sophisticated, chic and even easier to do than your classic braid.

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Since 2012, Blake Lively has been rocking the fishtail braid on the red carpet.

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Even when she's not on the red carpet, the fishtail is one of Blake Lively's go-to looks.

Ambush Makeover's Arsen Gurgov, of Licari Cutler Salon in New York City, showed us how to create this super glam look in seconds.

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You can even include the fishtail into an updo for an extra special look.

What you'll need:

1. A flat brush

Pro tip: This will help get your hair smooth and ready to be braided.

2. Hairspray

3. Two hair elastics

Pro tip: Use elastics that are either clear or match the color of your hair, so they blend in.

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Here's what to do:

1. Start by giving the hair a super smooth blow dry.

Pro tip: This will give your braid that salon finished look when you're done.

2. Pull the hair back into a low ponytail and secure with a hair tie.

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This is how your hair should look after step 3.

3. Make a space above the hair tie and twist the ponytail inside this space to hide the elastic.

4. Separate the hair into two sections.

5. Start from either section and a take a small subsection of the hair and cross it over to the other side.

6. From the opposite section, take another small subsection and cross over your first section.

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Believe it or not, the fishtail is even easier to create than your classic braid.

7. Repeat until all of the hair is braided

Pro tip: Feeling like you mastered the fishtail? Give it a twist by switching to a classic braid at the end.

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Crisscross, crisscross! In just seconds, you can have this cool braid.

8. Secure with an elastic.

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Pancaking your braid can take your braid to a whole other level of chic!

9. Pancake the hair (that's a hairstylist's term for flattening out the braid by tugging at different strands) and voila!

Pro tip: Pancaking is what will really take your braid to the next level by giving it a sophisticated, effortless look.

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Tada! You're done!

10. Finish off with hairspray to keep your look in place all day long.

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