Day 22 – Mermaid Braid

 Mermaid braid tutorials - I love these hairstyles! They are so pretty and surprisingly easy to do!

We are on to day 22 of the 30 Day Braiding Challenge – 30 Days of New Braids.  (It’s flying by, isn’t it?!)

Today’s braid is the mermaid braid.  If you do a YouTube or internet search, you are going to find a few different kinds of braids that people call the “mermaid braid”.  So I thought I’d start out by explaining what the term “mermaid braid” means to the braiding community.  When we say “mermaid braid” it means that we are pulling hair into a braid from the edges and passing over hair that is hanging down before we add it to our braid.  Take a look at the tutorials I’m sharing here and you’ll see what I mean!

The Technique


Mermaid Half Braid tutorial by Cute Girls Hairstyles.  I think that this half up way is the perfect tutorial to start with if you have never done this braid before.  You will be so pleasantly surprised to find out how fast and easy it is to do! 

DIY Tutorial


Ultimate Mermaid Braid tutorial by Missy Sue for Latest Hairstyles.  If you are doing this style on yourself, doing a side braid might be your easiest way to go! 

Additional Ways to Use the Technique

Lace Mermaid Braid Side Ponytail tutorial by me.  Mermaid braids can be more delicate braids that may not hold up through a day of playing on a little girl.  Thankfully this lace mermaid braid side ponytail will last you nicely all day! 


Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid tutorial by Cute Girls Hairstyles.  Remember when we learned how to do waterfall twists back on day 7 of the braiding challenge?  Here you can learn how to incorporate that simple technique into a gorgeous style with a mermaid braid.  This one is so easy and gorgeous, I love it!

Same Side Dutch Mermaid Braid tutorial by BraidsBunsAndBeauty guest posting on  I love this gorgeous style! 

2 Lace Braid Boho Hairstyles tutorial by me.  This style uses a lace mermaid braid, where you are only adding hair into the braid on one side.  It’s a very unique look! 


Mermaid French Braid Hairstyle tutorial by Bebexo.  Here’s what this technique looks like when it’s done straight down the back of the head.  You can do it with our without the braids at the top.


Easy Mermaid Fishtail Braid tutorial by Kayley Melissa.  This is such a beautiful hairstyle!  If you aren’t used to braiding on your own hair, this will prove to be very tiring DIY braid, but it may be worth the aching arms if you love this look as much as I do!


Diving Mermaid Braid tutorial by Princess Hairstyles.  This is a gorgeous style that combines French braids with a fishtail braid for a very unique look.  If you are sending your little one off to school, sports or other activities, this one is definitely going to hold better for you than most of other tutorials that I share here today! 


I hope this post gives you some great ideas on how to style a mermaid braid.  It really is such a simple and easy technique.  Like all the other techniques that we have learned in the challenge, you can get creative and take other braiding techniques and use them in a mermaid braid to create  your own special style.  Have fun and be creative with it!

I’d love to see how you do today’s challenge!  You can share a photo on my Facebook page, tag me in a photo on Instagram – @hair_by_lori or just use the hashtags #30DaysNewBraids #30DNBDay22.

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#30DaysNewBraids Favorites from 2015’s Braiding Challenge – More Braid Inspiration

I’ve gone back through all of the styles on Instagram that were done and tagged#30DNBDay22 as well as all the styles shared on my FB page and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.  Check out these mermaid braid hairstyles!

Mermaid braid hairstyle inspiration - great ideas here. Love how pretty and different these are, and easy enough to do!

From top to bottom, left to right:

  1. Mermaid braid by IG @braidingbrilliant
  2. 2 mermaid braid styles from FB, credit Mayumi Inukai Stephenson
  3. Half up mermaid braid by IG @kreamijn
  4. Side half up mermaid braid by IG @gicat77
  5. Patchwork style mermaid braid by IG @kattbie
  6. Mermaid braid by IG @jelena_hair101
  7. Half up mermaid braid by IG @braidingbad
  8. Mermaid braid into 4 strand braid from FB, credit Kristen Stevens
  9. Side mermaid braid by IG @twistsandbraids
  10. CGH twist braid aka angel braid by IG @pr3ttygirl79
  11. Dutch braid into mermaid braid from FB, credit Vlechthobby
  12. Mermaid braid by IG @all_to_braids

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