Twisted Mermaid Braid

Twisted Mermaid Braid

Today’s tutorial is another Halloween inspired look! I recently picked up this cute headband and pretty soon this costume idea fell into place. I love this Twisted Mermaid braid and think it could be worn any day of the week as well! It’s created with a bunch of little twists anchored together by a french braid that finishes in a fishtail braid (of course)! Top off the look with a pretty crown and fancy makeup and you can be a fun mermaid princess this coming holiday.

Find more great Halloween and Mermaid hairstyle ideas here!
Twisted Mermaid Braid

Twisted Mermaid Braid Supplies:

Twisted Mermaid Braid

Twisted Mermaid Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles.
  • Step 2 / Divide the hair into three vertical sections, a right and left side, and a middle section at the back of the head.
  • Step 3 / Clip the left and right side out of the way with two hair sectioning clips.
  • Step 4 / Create a french braid with the middle, back section; braiding the very of the hair into a fishtail braid before tying it off with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 5 / Remove the clips from the side pieces.
  • Step 6 / Separate off a 1″ section of hair near the top of the hairline on the right side.
  • Step 7 / Twist the section together then gently pull on the edges of the twist to make it fuller.
  • Step 8 / Lay it across the french braid, towards the left side, and pin down the twist, anchoring it with the french braid.
  • Step 9 / Separate off a 1″ section of hair on the left side, repeating the previous steps, twisting it, pulling it apart, and draping it underneath the first twist, pinning it in place.
  • Step 10 / Continue picking up alternating sections of hair, twisting them, and draping them over the french braid until all the hair is twisted and pinned.
  • Step 11 / With the last section of hair, drape it over the braid before wrapping it a second time around the braid and pin it underneath, at the nape of the neck.
  • Step 12 / Add a pretty gold headband and spray the style with a firm hold hairspray to finish off the look.

Twisted Mermaid Braid


  1. Nikki Ottley
    March 14, 2017 / 9:45 AM

    You always make putting just one bobby pin in and making it stay look so easy…. How do you do it!? I have to use at least 2 and criss-cross them so it will stay. Maybe my hair is just too heavy? Help??

    Thank you!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE Your blog!!!

    • March 17, 2017 / 11:52 PM

      Haha, don’t worry, I cheat and edit out most of the bobby pins that I usually put in. I always say to use as many as you need, sometimes I put in 5 but only show 2. It’s just so you get the idea (:

      • Nikki Ottley
        March 20, 2017 / 12:24 PM

        Ok, I feel a little better. :) So do you have any tips on the best ways to use the bobby pins so that they stay the longest?

  2. October 21, 2016 / 10:26 AM

    This is amazing! I can’t wait to try it out!!!

  3. Zinnia
    June 2, 2016 / 3:06 PM

    I LOVE this! Thanks so much for all your posts! Do you have any hairstlyles that would work for short hair?

  4. denise kiss
    February 19, 2016 / 1:08 PM

    I love your videos! Can you tell me please where you got the metallic ‘headband’ in the mermaid video?

  5. November 20, 2015 / 10:38 PM

    Love all your tutorials! You may have answered this before, but do you have a favorite brand of Bobby pins? I have fairly thick hair and I feel like mine never hold the hair right enough. Thanks!

    • November 22, 2015 / 12:12 PM

      The MetaGrip from Sally’s Beauty Supply are amazing and my favorite (:

  6. Angela
    November 5, 2015 / 1:01 PM

    This hairstyle is so awesome! <3

  7. Anne
    October 22, 2015 / 2:09 PM

    GORGEOUS!!!! I am addicted to your website :)

  8. Lydia
    October 22, 2015 / 9:44 AM

    Wow, this hairstyle is gorgeous! I am going to try it out today. Would you be able and willing to make a post about how you did your makeup? That would be wonderful.

  9. Stephanie L.
    October 22, 2015 / 7:06 AM

    I love this look! And your mermaid makeup is just gorgeous!

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