Posted on June 24, 2012
The fairytale Mermaids that we know and love are known for their long flowing hairstyles with close attention to detail. That assumption definitely translates to the Mermaid Tail sidebraid. This style is feminine, delicate and anything but ordinary. Perfect for special events, beach days, or when you’re just in the mood to channel your inner goddess.
- Start with loose hair.
- Divide hair into two even sections. Pull the first section over your shoulder and secure the second section in a ponytail and put it out of the way.
- Take first section and divide into three sections and begin to do an inverted braid. (Inverted s the same as a regular braid it just means that your taking the strands and tucking them behind the braid as you go as opposed to braiding sections on top of one another.) Once finished, secure with an elastic.
- Take the second section that you had put away and do the same inverted braid over your shoulder so it is next to the first braid. Then, secure with an elastic.
- Once you have two braids over your shoulder side by side, begin gently tugging at the outer sides of each braid to slightly loosen the braid.
- Combine the two braids together. To do this, take bobby pins and carefully secure the inner side of each braid together.
- Once finished, secure both braids together at the end with an elastic and you should have the illusion of one large braid! Finish off with curling any loose pieces and even adding a decorative headband or clip to the finished product!
There you have it! You now know the secret behind the Mermaid Tail sidebraid! The best part about this look is that when finished it appears that you would have needed two sets of hands to pull it off! But as long as you’ve secured your bobby pins well, no onlookers would be able to tell that you’ve combined two separate braids and secured them as one! So be prepared for the endless compliments and questions on how you pulled this style off! So what are you waiting for? Give the Mermaid Tail sidebraid a try today so you can put your best foot, or fin, forward!
- Elizabeth Barkley