I had never done a fishtail braid before. I'm actually not all that adept at braiding my own hair in the back, actually, although I wear the front braided all the time. Her tutorial was PERFECT though and super easy. This is what I ended up with:
(sorry for the crappy iphone photos!)
How I prepped my hair: I washed it this morning, then let it air-dry as much as possible. I finished drying it with my blowdryer and scrunching it with my hands (I have naturally wavy hair). Then, I curled a few front and top sections with my 1" curling iron just to give it more texture (and the top layer tends to be straighter then the underside). Then I pinned the top back (it drives me nuts when my hair is in my face) and braided the rest. I LOVE this style!! It held up really well throughout the day too, which I was happy about. I DID end up having to add two bobby pins later this afternoon, but that wasn't a big deal. My hair is pretty layered so I expected it.
So yay! Thanks Maegan!!!!