One of the most Instagram-friendly hairstyles is mermaid braid, for sure. These romantic braids are suitable for both formal and casual events and occasions. They are powerful yet feminine, elegant yet edgy, and classy yet chic at the same time.
The best thing about mermaid braids is that you can style them in different ways. Dare to experiment and explore your creativity for a chic new look and super cute hairstyle. This post brings 12 styles for inspiration.
How to Create Mermaid Braid
Not all mermaid braids are equal, and there are all sorts of styles worth exploring and trying out. That being said, the general concept is the same; it involves a fine French braid that incorporates delicate strands of hair in the plait as it elegantly flows down the back and one shoulder.
Mermaid tail braid is romantic and chic, but it also allows you to be edgy. To achieve edginess, you can use extensions for a bigger volume or different colors of strands to show off your wild side.
You can either make your braided mermaid hairstyle somewhat sleek and strict, or you can gently pull out of a few sections of hair here and there for a messy and casual like. Use a high-quality finishing spray to secure your braid and make it last throughout the day.
Mermaid Braid Tutorial
How to Do Mermaid Braid on Short Hair
There always comes the time when a girl with short hair wishes she could rock braids but believes it’s not possible because the length isn’t sufficient. Don’t worry, and you can have wonderful mermaid tail braids even if your hair is short.
Bear in mind that mermaid braid is relaxed and looser than “classic” braids. If you have short hair choose the part when you can get the most hair, usually on one side, and start braiding.
You can either finish your braid and just let it down straight with the rest of your hair, or you can twist it to the side to look like a hairpiece. If you want to have longer braids, then it’s practical to use extensions.
Cute Mermaid Braid Styles
1. Messy Braid
Probably the easiest and the most popular way to style your mermaid braids is to make them a little bit messy. That way you achieve the effortlessly chic and romantic look as your braid flows beautifully down your back. Just make the regular braid and pull out a few strands here and there to create this gentle style.
Side braids shape your face perfectly and accentuate all your lovely features. At the same time, they’re girly and chic. Mermaid side braids can easily match any outfit, event, and you name it. For extra volume add a few extensions that will give you a dramatic look.
Mermaid braided hairdos don’t always need to flow down your back or shoulder, although those are the styles we see most often. Why not bun it up?
Create a braid like you usually would and pull it up in the bun as shown in the photo below. A classy and sophisticated hairstyle like this is perfect for weddings and other special occasions.
4. Braid with Flowers
Mermaid braiding allows you to experiment with your hair but in a delicate manner, which is particularly useful for women who don’t like too edgy styles.
This take on a popular hairstyle requires small, delicate fishtail braid and two braiding patterns in one. Use flower hairpieces or even real flowers to decorate your braid for a perfect spring do.
5. Sleek Mermaid Tail
If you’re looking for a sleek and more “uptight” mermaid braid, then this is definitely a good choice. Sleek mermaid tail is the epitome of perfection and shows that these braids don’t always have to be messy or looser to look absolutely amazing.
This gorgeous hairstyle goes perfectly with summer dresses, but also with winter cardigans, and you can wear it anytime you want.
6. Boho Braids
Are you into boho chic? If so, then you’ll want to combine boho style braid. This hairstyle gives you double Dutch braids on each side of your head flowing down to form a perfect mermaid tail.
Show off your playful side and channel the vibe of liberation that only boho style offers and complete the look with mermaid tail braids for a truly powerful effect.
To add more volume to your braids, it’s always convenient to make multiple and create breathtaking style. Not only are pull through braids super cute, but they’re also easy to create and keep hair out of your face.
For more dramatic look use extensions that will add length to your hair and thus make mermaid braids even more noticeable.
8. Arctic Mermaid
Channel your inner mermaid not just by braiding your hair, but also by trying out the color of “real” mermaid tail. This icy light blue color turns you into Arctic queen of the sea.
Make one braid or two; however, you find it more practical. If you’re not willing to dye your hair, you can always opt for extensions or weave.
9. Braided Loose Locks
A vast majority of mermaid braids we see involve plaiting or braiding whole hair into a unique hairstyle. But sometimes you want to switch things up a little bit, right?
Then, you should try out this lovely do. Form a braid, but use only a smaller portion of your hair. Let your braid flow naturally with the remainder of your luscious locks for a super chic and elegant look.
10. Redhead Mermaid
Ariel was a redhead, and although she didn’t exactly wear a braid, you can do both. The shade of red seen on the photo below suits every skin tone. Red symbolizes fire and passion while mermaid style braid kind of tames it for an ideal combination of two seemingly entirely different effects. Try it out.
11. Mermaid Hair Pieces
For girls and women who want to turn their mermaid braid hairstyle into something truly special adding hairpieces can do the trick. Use the volume and length of these braids to your advantage and gently place some pretty hair pieces where you’d like.
That way you’ll add an additional dose of glamour into your hairstyle, especially when attending some special event such as a wedding or anniversary.
12. Purple Ombre Braid
Got a wild side and not afraid to show it? Then you’ll probably be into a purple braid. This hairstyle is ideal for girls who love to experiment with their hair and change colors to show how creative they are. Plus, this style will make you stand out in the crowd. Be unique, be different.
Unicorn Braid Vs. Dragon Braid
Braids are one of the most versatile hairstyles. Just a little bit of imagination and creativity is needed to transform your braid into something truly extraordinary. There are numerous braid types including unicorn and dragon braid. Are they the same thing? No, not really.
You see, unicorn braid is a thick straight braid in the middle of the hair parting. This semi-updo is particularly suitable for girls with oval face shapes, and it can be styled in different ways ranging from messy to Mohawk.
On the other hand, dragon braid mimics the bumpy scales down the spine of the dragon, and they make you look like Daenerys Targaryen. Dragon braids are edgy, long, and amp up the volume.
Mermaid braid is one of the most romantic hairstyles ever. This chic braid is also versatile and allows you to style it in different ways. Twelve inspiration ideas from this post probably made you want to try this hairstyle, and you won’t regret it for sure.