Anyone with long hair is well acquainted with the basic braid and every variation of ponytail. While such dos save time and keep you from reaching for hot tools, they can also make you feel a bit unadventurous. The mermaid braid, which mimics the look of a mermaid's tail, makes hair look thicker while adding texture. The intricate look only calls for a few variations on the basic braid and can be dressed up or down. Add this fairytale-inspired look to your routine the next time you want to add pizazz to your pony.
Things You'll Need
- Natural-bristle brush
- 2 hair elastics
- Dry oil
- Medium-hold hairspray
Brush your hair from root to tip to remove any knots and tangles. Use a natural-bristle brush to smooth the hair without causing breakage.
Place one thumb on each temple, moving your thumbs toward the back of your head until they meet. Pick up the hair that lands above your thumbs and hold it straight up. Spritz the roots under this section with dry shampoo, and massage it into your scalp with your fingertips to add natural-looking volume.
Grasp a 1-inch wide section of hair closest to the left side of your face with your left hand, and a 1-inch wide section that frames the right side of your face with your right hand. Cross the end of the left piece over the end of the right piece, and tie them together with an elastic. Use either a clear elastic or one in the same color as your hair.
Lift up the tail end of the two sections that falls beneath the elastic. Rotate it toward your head and through the loop that has been formed by tying the two pieces together. Continue to loop it through until both sections have a twisted look that ends where they align with the tops of your ears.
Pick up a 2-inch wide section of hair that sits directly beneath the tail end of the first twisted section. Divide it into three equal sections. Cross the right section over the middle piece, and cross the left section over the middle piece.
Pick up a 1-inch wide section of hair that sits below the first section used on your right side. Add it to the right section being used in the braid, and cross them over the middle piece together. Add a 1-inch wide section from beneath the first portion used on your left side to the left piece of the braid, and cross it over the center piece. Repeat until the braid reaches 1 inch from the end.
Pick up a 2-inch section of hair from beneath the new braid and add it to the tail end of the braid. Use this as the center portion for creating another braid, using the same method.
Continue to create braids and add the tail end of the previous braid to the new one until all of your hair has been braided. Use an elastic to secure the tail end of the braid.
Pour a dime-sized amount of dry oil into the palm of your hand, and smooth it over any flyaways. Braids can often result in flyaways close to the crown and nape of the neck, where the shorter hair pokes through.
Hold a can of medium-hold hairspray 10 inches away from your head; coat your hair once, concentrating on the center portion of the braid.