Faux Mermaid Braid

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I love doing hair. I cut my hair short a couple of years ago and now it is finally long enough where I can do fun braids again. I recently did a braid I haven’t done in a while, the mermaid braid. I remember when my friend did the braid when I was in middle school and I was in awe of how she did it.

The mermaid braid is two normal 3-strand braids combined into one, usually held together by bobby pins. I have learned an easier way that doesn’t involve pesty pins and the constant fear of them coming out (because I don’t really know how to use bobby pins like I should).

faux mermaid braid

  1. Brush hair.
  2. Divide the hair into 2 big sections and 1 smaller section. I usually divide my hair down the center (for the 2 big sections) and part a bit off at the bottom middle of the smaller section.
  3. Braid the 2 big sections, making sure they are close-ish together. Tie each braid off with an elastic band. Pancake the 2 braids, if desired, for a fuller, bigger braid.
  4. Weave the small section of hair through the inner half of the 2 braids, tieing the 2 braids together with an elastic band.
  5. Remove the elastic bands from the 2 braids. Pancake the now-one braid, again if desired. Fix any funny errors with bobby pins.

faux mermaid braid collage

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Isn’t the mermaid braid easier than it looks? This braid is so pretty and it definitely needs more recognition. I hope you find the directions helpful (I suck at giving out instructions haha). If you are confused, feel free to leave a comment down below and tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you recreate the faux mermaid braid. Are there any hairstyles you want me to try? I love a good challenge 🙂 Happy braiding!signature

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