Beach waves is a classic wavy hairstyle that’s easy to style for everything from casual events to special occasions. It’s versatile, timeless and easy to create. And while we absolutely love it, there’s always room to experiment with a new take on a classic style. Enter: mermaid waves. This modern iteration of beach waves features more uniform, loosely crimped waves, as opposed to the twirled, piecey style that was previously more common. It offers an effortlessly chic look coveted by influencers and celebrities alike. So to help you get into the trend, we’re sharing some of the best mermaid waves hairstyles to inspire you.
1. Platinum Blonde Mermaid Waves
Combine two popular hair trends in one by sporting platinum blonde mermaid waves. This look is the ultimate beachy style—it’s bright and fun while being the perfect middle ground between messy and polished. If you’re looking to go platinum, try out the L’Orѐal Paris Feria Hyper Platinum Advanced Lightening System Bleach which can lighten hair up to eight levels and is formulated with a purple conditioner to combat brassiness.
2. Mermaid Waves & Baby Braids
To put a boho twist on your mermaid waves, add a few face-framing baby braids to add a bit of additional texture to your style. You can add just two to accentuate your face, or add a few throughout your hair to give the look more dimension.
3. Mermaid Waves Party Ponytail
While you might associate mermaid waves with long flowing hair, they also look gorgeous when created in an updo hairstyle. If you’re looking for a voluminous style, a party ponytail is the way to go. To add even more volume to your hair, spray a bit of the L’Orѐal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo at your roots and work it in with your fingertips.
4. Loose Mermaid Waves
Mermaid waves are often well defined, but if you want a more lived-in look, opt for a loose version of the style. It looks casual and effortless while still remaining chic.
5. Auburn Mermaid Waves
Take inspiration from a well-known mermaid herself and try out mermaid waves in a red hue. If bright red is a bit too bold for you, this
6. Half-Up Half-Down Mermaid Waves
Half-up hairstyles are ultra-popular given their versatility一think braids, ponytails and buns. However, when it comes to pairing your mermaid waves with a half-up style, simplicity is often best because it lets your flowing strands remain the focal point. To get the look, simply pull the top section of your hair into a ponytail leaving some loose pieces at the front to create a more relaxed style.
7. Neon Mermaid Waves
If you like to make a statement with your hair, this style is for you. The neon trend is everywhere from clothing to makeup and even hair. You can get creative with it by dyeing your hair one solid neon hue all over, or switch it up by creating a two-toned look. If you want to test out neon hair without the commitment, try out the L’Orѐal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray. It provides a temporary bold color which washes out with your next shampoo.
Written by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Credit: IG/@hollgee
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