Try This Super Simple Mermaid Braid Tutorial

Swimmingly simple, but with a kick.

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At first sight, this mermaid braid tutorial seems like something you would leave up to Instagram stylists. However, like everything else in life, practice makes perfect, and you’ll never know how much you truly like something until you actually give it a try. Read on to learn how to nail this complex-looking style at home.

Mermaid Braid Tutorial


Start with clean hair.

Let’s start off with a smooth and clean base. Wash hair with Dove Nourishing Rituals Smoothing Ritual Shampoo and Conditioner to gently cleanse and prevent any unintentional frizz.

mermaid braid tutorial hair down

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: curl hair

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 ponytail

Braid your pony.

Plait the lengths of your hair then secure the ends with a hair elastic.

mermaid braid tutorial: braid and fasten hair

Begin weaving.

Pull a section of hair out and in the next step, you’ll be weaving this into your style as if you’re threading a needle.

mermaid braid tutorial: weave hair

Loop another section.

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

mermaid braid tutorial: loop hair

Secure the end.

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

mermaid braid secure ends

Finish your style.

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

mermaid braid final

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