I am so very excited for today’s post! It is by one of my dear friends, Naomi Parker. I “met” Naomi on Instagram (check her out @braidsbunsandbeauty) and she is truly one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Naomi does incredible styles on herself. I love how elegant and polished all of her styles are! Today she has an amazing tutorial for you, the Same Side Dutch Mermaid Braid, and I’m sure you are going to love it! I know that I can’t wait to do this style myself!
Hello Hair Lovers!! It is a pleasure to be sharing my “Same-Side Dutch Mermaid Braid” with you today! Both the name and the look may seem complex, but don’t worry- the braid is nice and simple!! Phew!!
The funny thing about this style is that it was initially a bit of an “oops”. I was trying to copy a braid from a photo I’d seen and this turned out quite a bit different than my reference image. Thankfully, I loved the finished product! I hope you’ll like it, too!!
How to do the Same Side Dutch Mermaid Braid
Supplies you’ll need: comb/brush, clear elastic, couple of bobby pins, hairspray
Time needed: 5-10 min
Skill Level: Easy
2. Separate into three equal strands. Take left strand under the middle. Repeat with right strand.
3. Pick up a small piece of hair from the crown. Add to left strand and put both under middle strand.
4. Take a small piece from the front of the face. Add to right strand and put both under the middle strand.
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you reach the chin.
6. Continue braiding from the chin down, but only add hair to the left strand and just do a normal stitch on the right with no added hair, thereby creating a lace braid. When you reach the ends, tie off with a clear elastic band.
7. Take loose hair from right side of head. Gently twist it and secure with bobby pins at the nape of the neck.
8. Tug on incorporated strands from step 6 to open the braid up and create a scalloped look. Spray with hairspray and you’re done!!
A tip for making your hair look beautiful in any style is to start with a consistent texture (completely straight, curly, wavy, crimped, etc.). For instance, I have found that this mermaid braid works best in straight hair, as little kinks and bumps can be distracting from the overall look.
It is also important to make sure your “do” is pretty from every angle! Since the hair from the right side of my face was left loose and looked a bit awkward all it took was a little twist, some teasing and a few bobby pins to give this hairstyle a nice finish.
One of the great things about working with braids and upstyles is that they are developed as you go and little tweaks can make the end result very different from time-to-time! For example, if you were to adjust the size of strands and take them from both sides of the face, you could end up with something more like this:
A big thank-you to Lori for having me as a guest blogger and to all of you for checking out this post!! Happy Braiding!!
Naomi Parker is a self-taught stylist from Alberta, Canada. She lives with her husband and her cat in a comfy country house. Her hobbies include braiding, photography, Netflix marathons and spending time with family. You can find more of her hairstyles on IG @braidsbunsandbeauty and on Facebook and be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel here.
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