This “mermaid” bun is one of our favorite go-to ’dos for summer's many outdoor events—weddings, graduations, picnics…you name it. The reason? Athough it looks salon-elegant, it couldn't be easier to do at home! Follow the instructions below to achieve this gorgeous, versatile style.
You’ll need: bobby pins, clear elastic bands, hairspray
Step 1: Scrunch hair to bring out the natural wave (or use a curling iron to create texture). Then create a deep part and sweep hair into a low side ponytail over the opposite shoulder. Separate the pony into two sections. Grab a small segment from the back of the right section and cross it over to the left, then grab a small segment from the left side and cross it over to the right. Continue crisscrossing to create a “mermaid” or fishtail braid and secure with a clear elastic band. If you get stuck creating the braid, check out this YouTube tutorial from Cupcakes and Cashmere for a visual step-by-step.
*Step 2: *Once the braid is finished, gently “deconstruct” the braid by pulling on the loops (as shown above) so it appears very thick.
*Step 3: *Fold the braid under to create a large side bun and secure with bobby pins. Finish by gently tousling hair at the crown, sweeping layers to one side and spraying it with hairspray.
The result: a breezy, beautiful style that will help you make a splash!
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