How to Create Mermaid Waves

How to create mermaid wavesLove this hair! mermaid waves tutorial (click through for more)    I think of all the hair possibilities that are out there, my favorite hairstyle is a wavy, loose curl look. While I like that it feels soft and feminine, the curls are loose so it's not as dressy, and you can wear it with jeans and a t-shirt as well. It's like the perfect cross between beachy waves and the signature Victoria's Secret hairstyle, and it's probably what I get asked about most around town or online. The secret is that it's actually a really easy hairstyle to achieve (lucky you!). So you can totally recreate it yourself at home.

Love this hair! mermaid waves tutorial (click through for more)1. Start with your "best loose wave" hair. By that, I mean, whatever kind of hair works best for you to hold a loose curl. If I curl freshly washed hair that hasn't been straightened, I will get curls that hold the wave really well, but they are actually "too curly" for this look. You want loose waves, not ringlets. So I usually do this style the day after I wash my hair so it won't hold the curl as tightly.

2. Pull up in a bun or clip the top 2/3 of your hair so just the bottom section remains. Hold a 1" curling iron downwards and wrap a 1-2" section of your hair around the barrel starting near the handle and wrapping down towards the end of the curling iron. Curling wands are actually best for this since we don't use the clip on the curling iron, but you can use an iron and just hold the clip open while you curl. Wrapping your hair this way instead of clamping the curling iron on the end of your hair and rolling up will give you a totally different result and more of a wave throughout than a ringlet at the bottom. 

3. Repeat the process through the bottom section of your hair.

4. Pull down the next 1/3 of your hair and curl that section the same way, and then finish with the top 1/3. When curling the top section, start your curl around 6" from the top of your part so it's not curled all the way to the root.

5. Lightly tease under your top section of hair to add a little volume.

6. Finish your look by spraying some spray wax or on the tips of your fingers and run your fingers lightly through the roots and tips of your waves to give a more textured piecey look.

Mermaid waves
If your hair takes the curl "too well", try sleeping on it for a night and that should loosen out the waves a bit for a tousled look in the morning. You may even want to try this look on hair that's clean and again on hair that's a little dirty to see which gives you a better loose wave, but once you get the hang of curling your hair like this (if you haven't already), I think you'll love it too! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with .

  • I’d love to do this with my hair this summer (definitely sad my hair isn’t blonde though!)

  • love this hairstyle, so beautiful and like you said..not so dressy but not so casual either..just a perfect lovely hair do 🙂 <3

  • That’s for sure my favorite kind of wave too. I love curly hair, but this seems so natural and it’s beautiful, and I agree that as it looks natural, you can wear with any kind of casual clothes you want to.

    P.S. You totally looks like a mermaid Laura!

    xo, Deborah

  • Loose waves are my current favorite hair trend! Since I got my recent Lob haircut its been my go-to look

  • Gorgeous styling! I love that look. I’m wondering if you think it would work on a hairstyle with lots and lots of layers. I recently got “the rachel” hair cut. I want to try this style. We shall see if I look semi-decent or more like a mad scientist. Who am I kidding… my hair always looks mad no matter what I do to it : (

  • Your hair is GORGEOUS. My hair is very thin and straight, it rarely holds a curl, and when it does it’s not the type of curl I want. I would love love love to have hair like yours!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  • So pretty ! I always tried to do this when i had long hair but it never seemed to work out .. :/
    I wish i had your hair !!

  • I love this look and that is such a great tip for not letting the clamp down! I’ve been getting a similar result by using a flat iron for curling, but I’ll definitely give this a try too! I love when you post this stuff on Fridays…just in time for the weekend 🙂

  • This looks lovely on you Laura! I’ve never been good at curling my hair but I think I’ll try this… my tips are pale blue right now, might as well round-out my mermaid dreams 🙂

  • So pretty! This is my favorite way to wear my hair because it goes with anything.

  • This turned out great! I love a good loose wave 🙂


  • I actually have lots of layers! You can see in the photo of the back that there are several lengths in there. It should totally work!

    Laura 🙂

  • just tried this tonight and love it! I always curl my hair my hair away from my face but this is a game changer. I have a ton of hair so I pulled some back into bobbies. Not to sound conceded, but this makes me look like a total babe.

  • Do you have a friend with short hair you can use for tutorials? All of your hair tutorials are for medium and long hair…

  • This hairstyle is gorgeous! It looks fantastic, especially with the blonde hair! x

    Jasmine ||

  • Her hair is gorgeous! I used to have really long hair a few years ago but then I chopped off about 14 inches and have kept it short ever since. Butttt right now I think I’m growing it out because I’m just so tired of it not quite fitting in a bun on the top of my head. Once it’s long enough I’ll definitely be trying this.

  • Need to try this on my shoulder length hair! Hopefully this will work 🙂

  • Cutie tips! I’d like to try soon iven if I always put my head under water at the beach, lol
    xo, Ju

  • Love this mermaid wave! Her hair looks amazing!

    MISS LUCIA | Fashion & Travel

  • ?Do you wrap all the pieces forward, toward your face? Or do you alternate?

  • I wish I was this good – sometimes I can make it happen, but most of the time I fail at making my hair do what I want. Love this wave look though!

  • I do this too, only I keep the clip closed on the iron. Just wind the hair right over it. It seems like keeping the clip open would be a lot harder and result in a lot of burned fingers. Have you tried it?

  • Just tried this for Independence Day and it totally worked. I got a lot of compliments and it looked so pretty! Thanks, Laura and SpG team!

  • Fantastic hairstyle… you have done a great work by giving us great tips.. I will surely try this hairstyle by reading these tips.

  • Hi… lovely hair, just wondering do you wrap the curls all in the same direction or alternate them? Thank you x

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