I get asked hair questions all the time, which truly makes me happy because I feel like I had terrible hair for most of my life and things only really turned around for me in the past two years when I discovered my look…mermaid hair. Sure, I had short hair as an adult once and actually really liked it, and every once in a while straight hair can be fun, but long, messy, wavy hair seems to be my power zone. And I don’t hate it.
Below is my quick guide to mermaid hair for those of you who want to join the club ;)
Obviously the first thing you need is the right cut…which starts with growing your hair out as long as possible. If your hair is on the shorter side, all I can say is be patient—it really will get longer if you let it grow! I’m convinced that eating your veggies and taking your vitamins play a huge role in hair growth. Once you get it to grow out, the cut is pretty straight-forward—preserve as much length as possible at every hair cut, and have your stylist cut in long layers for shape. I’ve been going to the same girl for years so she knows the right way to cut it, but if this is a new look for you or you’re trying a new person, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of telling her to keep the length and not get scissor happy.
STYLE + CARE
It is all about the curling wand, gals. I prefer a tapered wand, but a straight wand will do just fine if that’s what you have. The key is that it’s a curling wand, not a standard curling iron—they curl hair differently, and the curling wand is essential for the right kind of curls. To get the beachy, mermaidy waves you want, you need to keep the ends uncurled. Also, the curling wand tends to produce curls that come undone less easily and have a more laid-back vibe. All things we want.
(Alternatively, if you are not into heat styling, I’ve definitely been known to sleep with a braid for a more natural wavy look. It works!)
As far as care goes, for years I’ve done a nightly hair-brushing ritual of sorts where I flip my head over and brush it all out before bed with a brush like this. It not only gives you a relaxing head massage, it also distributes the oils, which promotes healthy growth and keeps your ends from getting too dry. Also, avoid blow drying when possible to minimize heat damage.
I like to keep products to a minimum because I have fine hair and it can get weighed down easily, but it’s also important to impart a bit of texture to the waves. My favorites are the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and John Master’s Organic Sea Mist. As far as shampoo goes, I don’t use anything special or fancy. Lately I’m liking L’Oreal Evercurl, and also Aveeno Pure Renewal (both sulfate-free!).
Any questions? Any additional tips?
P.S. If you live in San Diego and need a new hair girl, check out Megan at Detour Salon in Encinitas and tell her I sent you ;)
Photo by Morgan Ashley Photography