A Mermaid Braid Tutorial That’s Easier Than It Looks

Alyssa François | 03 August 2017
mermaid braid tutorial side view
15mins Style Easy

Swimmingly simple, but with a kick.

If you’re into basic, French girl-inspired looks or even braids for beginners, the braided style we’re about to reveal is not for you. But don’t turn away just yet because we could be wrong: At first sight, this mermaid braid tutorial seems like something you’ll leave up to a professional. However, like everything else in life, practice makes perfect, and you’ll never know how much you truly like something until you actually try it.

Let’s give the mermaid braid tutorial a shot, shall we? Read on to learn how to nail this complex looking braid at home:

Mermaid Braid Tutorial: The Not-So-Complex Tutorial

mermaid braid tutorial hair down

Start with clean hair.

Before creating your mermaid braid let’s start off with a smooth and clean base. Wash hair with Suave Professionals Avocado and Olive Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner to gently cleanse and prevent any unintentional frizz.
mermaid braid tutorial: curl hair

Create drop curls.

Prep hair with a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray then use a curling iron to create ringlet curls all over your hair.
mermaid braid tutorial ponytail

Create a half up ponytail.

After creating your curls, allow your hair to cool off and set then gather the top section of your hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie.
mermaid braid tutorial: braid and fasten hair

Braid your pony.

Braid the lengths of your hair then secure the ends with a hair elastic.
mermaid braid tutorial: weave hair

Take an outer piece of hair to begin the weaving process.

Pull a section of hair out and in the next step you’ll be weaving this into your braid as if you’re threading a needle.
mermaid braid tutorial: loop hair

Loop another section.

Take another section of hair and loosely weave it into your braid, and repeat the same step on the opposite side.
mermaid braid secure ends

Secure end of mermaid braid.

Once you have weaved all of your loose hair into the braid, secure the ends with a hair elastic.
mermaid braid final

Finish your style.

Finish the look off by setting with a hairspray like Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.

Ladies, how easy was that? All it takes is a simple braided ponytail followed by weaving your loose hair through the braid!

Want to try your hand at another braided hairstyle? Here are some waterfall braided styles that you can try on your own.

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