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Being a Florida girl I am naturally obsessed with all things beach, and of course mermaids. They always have the best sea salt infused, undone beach waves with just the right amount of messiness. Here is what I have found to be the easiest way to get perfect mermaid hair!


 Illustration by: Soleil Ignacio

Step 1: Prep clean hair with a beach spray/salt spray to give the hair some “grit”. This will mimic the natural texture that you achieve after a day in the ocean, and will help super silky strands actually hold. I love to use NYM Sea Salt Spray. After you have applied the product evenly, (don’t soak the hair, just enough to make it damp) rough blow dry your strands until bone dry.

NYM Salt spray

Step 2:  Section the hair. I love to do a middle part when I do mermaid waves, adding the the bohemian-like feel. I clip up the entire crown section of my hair, then split that into two even sections.

Step 3: Using a 1 inch wand curling iron, I take chunks of hair and twist/wrap them around leaving the ends out. If you don’t have a wand just use a regular curling iron, and don’t use the clip. Release the curl and pull the end of the curl to stretch it out. This will loosen the curl and give you a perfect “un-done” wave. I like to do alternating directions as well (some away from the face, some curling towards the face) This technique will give you a more piece-y look.

Step 4: Flip the hair and run your fingers through from the roots to the ends to separate the curls.

Step 5: Use a finishing texturizing spray, my favorite is Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, to give the waves texture and shine.

Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray

*PS! This stuff smells amazing! So much so that Oribe made a perfume because so many people liked it!

Perfect mermaid hair!

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