Mermaid hair is totally on-trend but it’s difficult to perfect, right? Wrong! With a few top tips, this sassy style is actually quite easy to achieve. All you need to do is master the three main components of the style: length, waves, and colour.
Let’s take a look at how you can get perfect mermaid hair with hardly any fuss.
- Going long: If you already have long hair then you’re off to a great start for this style. If you haven’t, then don’t worry. You just need to be patient and do the right things to help your hair grow. Firstly, get regular trims. It might seem counter-intuitive but it’ll keep split ends in check and stop strands from breaking. You should also brush your hair regularly to help keep your scalp healthy, and limit the amount of product you use – that includes not washing your hair with shampoo every day. When you do wash your hair, give it a cool rinse as this can help close the cuticles and keep your hair strands strong. Finally, try to avoid blow drying and straightening your hair too often as too much heat can do damage. When you do get the heat tools out, make sure you’ve given your tresses a generous spritz of protectant spray.
- Get the wavy look: Next, it’s time to style. You’ll need a base of straight hair, so if yours is curly get those straightening irons on it. Then part your hair and work in small sections. Take each section and curl it around your irons, hold for around five seconds and release. For the best results, use curling tongs without a clip; failing that, make sure the clip is open. Use clips to hold each section of your waves up. After your hair has cooled down, unclip it and re-curl any sections that need touching up. Finally, gently brush and apply some hairspray to hold everything in place. If your hair is looking a little stressed after styling, bring it back to life with quality hair treatments for damaged hair – you can find more here.
- Add a splash of colour: Now you can have a little fun with colour. First off, always remember that you need to match tones to your current shade, or change the colour before you start. For example, if you want to add a pink hue, it’s always going to show up better on lighter hair. Greens, purples and golds are all popular choices, and if you want to be really adventurous you could go for a rainbow effect.
- Dying your hair: After you’ve mixed the colours you can add the dye. Apply it to the areas you want and follow the instructions on the hair dye package, so you know how much time you need to wait before rinsing and drying your hair. For a full head of colour, you need to make sure you apply all the way from roots to tips. For a dip-dyed look, just apply dye to the ends. Remember: whenever you add a new product to your hair there’s a slight risk of damage, so protect it against this by using hair treatments for damaged hair to help repair and restore any frazzled strands.
Now you know how to perfect one of the latest hair crazes, it’s time for you to have a little fun finding your own perfect mermaid hairstyle. Enjoy!