In between loose braid, schoolgirl pigtails and classic braid, the mermaid braid is a hairstyle basic. Summery, bohemian and super feminine, it dresses up long locks with a wildly asymmetric twist.

The mermaid braid: a must-have hairstyle

To softly complement and refine the face, there is nothing better than the mermaid braid. Fishtail or classic braiding, it doesn’t matter; both will give you this asymmetrical, deliberately dishevelled effect. This style can be casual or sophisticated, perfect for a music festival or dinner by the beach.

Highlighted or fair hair has the advantage

While this look suits all hair colours, it works particularly well on fair hair. The braid shows off all your hair’s highlights and a side part gives a touch of volume to this lightly dishevelled asymmetric style.

The importance of detail

It might be a bohemian look, but that doesn’t mean you can skip on the styling. Just the opposite! The key to this style is paying attention to detail, without looking like you have. According to Delphine Courteille, hairstylist for L’Oréal Professionnel, there are a few essential steps to follow when creating a mermaid braid. The hair first 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. The finishing touch is the secret: ‘A big part of this hairstyle is how the hair falls freely around the face. To keep the magic, obviously we should use a transparent hair tie. Otherwise we’d be committing both a fashion and a beauty faux pas!’ You’ve been warned…