Braid 8-Dutch Mermaid Side Braid

Braid 8-Dutch Mermaid Side Braid is the perfect way to change up your favorite side braid!

A mermaid braid is when smaller strands are pulled into a braid creating a netted effect around the rest of the hair. With this dutch braid, the mermaid creates a tubing effect around the center hair that isn’t brought into the braid until the bottom.

When I first saw a mermaid braid, I was absolutely blown away and had to create my own version, the Mermaid Tail Braid.

This look, however, is a little more sleek and easier to do. Add in a great headband to give itΒ a gorgeous popΒ from the typical side braid.

Dutch Mermaid Side Braid |

There’s a video tutorial for this beauty but here’s the steps as well.

Step 1 / Start with your favorite headbandΒ and set it about 1/2″ to 1″ from the hairline.

Step 2 / Sweep all the hair over the left shoulder and take a section of hair about an 1″ thick right in the middle.

Step 3 / Divide the section into three smaller sections and do one stitch of a dutch braid, crossing the side strands under the middle.

Step 4 / When crossing the left strand under the middle, bring in a section of hair from the right side of the head and add it into the strand.

Step 5 / When crossing the right strand under the middle, bring in a section of hair from underneath on the right side of the hair, adding it into the strand.

Step 6 / Bring in another section from the right side of the head, crossing it across the back of the head, and adding it into the braid.

Step 7 / Repeat step 5, bringing in hair from underneath and adding it to the right sided strands.

Step 8 / Continue braiding unto all the hair has been pulled in.

Step 9 / Tie off the braid with an elastic band.

Step 10 / Gently pull on the sides of the braid and the hair underneath to show the mermaid effect more easily.

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  1. joanna
    July 20, 2014 / 11:04 PM

    Love this. I wanna try it out. How long does it take approximately to do the hairstyle? Schools gonna be starting back up soon an it’d be nice to do this hairstyle to look good

    • July 21, 2014 / 8:39 AM

      Thank you, Joanna! I would say 10-15 minutes but quicker after a little practice (:

  2. Lata Deshpande
    June 24, 2014 / 9:55 PM

    Hi Melissa, all your hairstyles are classy, stylish yet very easy to do, after going thru ur video tutorials. I luv it. Keep it up.

    • June 26, 2014 / 11:10 AM

      Thank you, Lata! (:

  3. Michaela
    June 23, 2014 / 4:19 PM

    May I just ask, where did you get that headband? Seriously, I need to know. It is beautiful – and you use it in SO many of your hairstyles. :)

      • Michaela
        June 24, 2014 / 4:09 PM

        Thanks so much! :)

      • Perla
        July 1, 2014 / 7:09 PM

        Do you have a link to it or the name? I’m having trouble finding it!

        • July 2, 2014 / 2:23 PM

          The headband? It isn’t showing up online anymore so it may be sold out ):

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