How to: Mermaid Braids

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A mermaid braid is a long, thick, chunky braid, it's a little loose and very romantic. Find out how to do mermaid braids with help from an experienced hairstylist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jordana Lorraine, and I'm going to show you how to do a mermaid braid. A mermaid braid is a long, thick, chunky braid, it's a little loose and very romantic. And it's best for long, thick hair. To make a mermaid braid, you're going to gather all the hair back, divide it into two sections. And then, take a little section out of the middle of each, set one aside and clip up that small section. You're going to make a traditional inward braid with each of the large sections close to the center and the back. Divide the section into three even sub sections and braid inward. Taking the outside piece and putting it over the center. Remember, you want to keep this braid close to the back of the head, as it's half of a mermaid braid, it's going to be joined with another. Secure the end of the braid with a small rubber band hair elastic and repeat the braid on the other side. You're going to use this piece of hair to join these two braids together into one large braid. To use this piece to weave the two together, you want to poke your finger through the braid, pinch this loose piece and pull it through. And then, do the same on the other braid. So, you're literally weaving them together. Again, this is a loose, messy braid. So, don't worry if this loosens your loops. Continue this action down the braid as far as you can get your fingers in through the loops. When it gets too tight, you can stop, pull that piece tight to hold it well. Slip the original two elastics out. and use one of them to secure the entire mermaid braid. And now, to give that loose, oceany look, go ahead and pull on each loop of each braid to widen it up.


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