how to get mermaid hair
no ocean required.
illustrations by beth zimmerman
Everyone wants perfectly textured beach hair without the expense of a blowout—or actually dipping into the ocean every morning. Click through the gallery to see three super-easy ways to get those dream locks, no sand required.
This is one of beauty’s oldest tricks for wavy hair, and it’s been around so long because it actually works. Use your choice of a paste, mold, or gel—I like the ones from Oscar Blandi and Verb—to sculpt a braid in place, then secure it with an Emi-Jay elastic band, which won’t leave a blunt line on your ends. A few hours later when you unravel your braid—voilà, a mess of curls you can brush out for flawless #wokeuplikethis hair.
Tools. I know what you’re thinking: “But I don’t know how to use them!” Totally get it—but hair tools aren’t as scary as they look. Try Sarah Potempa's Beach-waver: The rod rotates in different directions for your hair to dive off into a perfect wave. And remember those old-school hot rollers by Conair? Well, they've been redesigned for the modern girl. And Amika’s conventional curling iron has a wand for sculpting some wavy locks.
My personal favorite: texturizing and sea salt sprays. There are so many on beauty aisles now, but I have tried and tested (practically) everything out there. My choices: Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray, Göt2B's Beach Trippin' Waving Spray, and Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist. All of these deliver that pretty-gritty texture without any grimy residue or sticky strands!