In-between the loose braid, practical schoolgirl pigtails and the classic braid, the mermaid braid is a hairstyle basic. Summery, bohemian and super feminine, it dresses up long locks like no other, with a wildly asymmetric twist.
The mermaid braid: a must-have hairstyle
If there is one braid which softly complements and refines the face, it's the mermaid braid. Whether it's using a fishtail braiding method or a classic technique, its asymmetry and deliberately disheveled effect is a must-have for hippie-chic beauty. For a music festival or dinner by the beach, this style completes both casual and sophisticated looks.
Streaked or fair hair has the advantage
While this look suits all hair colors, it works particularly well on fair hair. The braid allows you to show off all the different nuances in your hair, especially if it's streaked (with highlights or bronde sections, for example). As for the side part, it enables you to give some volume to this lightly disheveled asymmetric style.
The importance of detail
It might be a bohemian look, but that doesn't mean you can skip on the styling, quite the opposite! The key to this style is all in the detail, without it showing. According to Delphine Courteille, hairstylist for L'Oréal Professionnel, there are a few essential steps to follow when creating a mermaid braid. Firstly, the hair needs to be given some texture in order for the braid to keep its form. She recommends Morning After or Super Dust by L'Oréal Professionnel. Lastly, the finishing touch is important: "The way the hair falls around the face is a big part of this hairstyle so obviously we should use a transparent rubber band, otherwise we'd be committing both a fashion and a beauty faux pas!" Consider us warned...