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28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

There’s a magical moment that happens to almost every little girl (and some boys, too). Plopped in front of some TV or laptop screen, you spot your first cartoon princess and immediately fall in deep, head over heels love.

It’s not just the voice that sells these damsels in distress, either. As any toddler fan can tell you, it’s the hair that makes them magical. These days, our grown-up selves can live the princess fantasy with mermaid hair. Although this bewitching look has its roots in music festival culture, there’s no rule saying you can’t wear it to run errands or sip wine.

Have an interest in making mermaid hair your own and living your best princess life? Scroll throughout our favorite aquatic-inspired styles.

What is mermaid hair?

Every hair professional approaches mermaid hair a little differently, but there are a few general points that stay the same. Mermaid hair requires your colorist to blend several whimsical shades in the same color family to create the illusion of movement—much the way you might notice several blue hues on the surface of the ocean at once.

Mint

Contrary to popular belief, mermaid hair isn’t always about the shades of blue. We love colorists who swap teal for mint, creating a more unexpected take on the trend. It’s also a shade that looks best on very pale complexions.

Rose

While you’re playing grown up make believe, why not push your mermaid hair into rosy territory? Ask your colorist for shades of blush and raspberry, creating a luxe fantasy shade for your mane. Pair with a chic bikini and proceed to rule the summer.

Periwinkle

Of all the shades of pastel you could choose, anything with notes of lavender will be the most universally flattering. That’s why we love periwinkle, which flips the aquatic blue traditionally used in mermaid hair on its head. Why not go for something that’s a little more unexpected?

Peacock

Instead of focusing on blues and greens, dedicate your mermaid hair to jewel tones. Vibrant sections of emerald, violet, and sapphire will bring a unique note to your ‘do while simultaneously allowing you to hold on to dark roots. We call that a win-win.

Sea Green

Vampy ladies, take your mermaid hair to the dark side by using sea green as your primary color. The shade will toughen up your whole look, resulting a color that’s more like mysterious sea cave covered in algae than any basic blue.

Sapphire Blue

No hair color is quite so beautiful as blue on medium skin tones, which is part of the reason we’re obsessed with sapphire mermaid hair. For this opalescent look, your colorist will blend the shade with notes of purple and aqua. No hair color has ever been quite this lovely, in our opinion.

Cyan

If you’re anything like us, the word “cyan” largely calls to mind printer ink. These days, the brilliant blue-green shade is in demand as a more vibrant version of turquoise. For optimal mermaiding, wear it alongside cobalt and violet.

Violet

No matter your skin tone, violet is guaranteed to flatter your complexion. This warm-toned, vibrant shade is a bright alternative to blue hair, particularly when paired with neon pink and plum. This is the mermaid hair that nobody saw coming.

Gray

We love the drama of gray hair, which always seems to aligned with the trendiest colors of the moment. To make the shade even more over the top, try it alongside charcoal and silver as a mermaid ‘do. Your favorite princess wouldn’t be bold enough to try this, but you certainly are

Black

Trading in your naturally dark hair color for something blonde-based is petrifying, and we’re fully aware it’s not for everyone. If we’re speaking your truth, try a black mermaid look with colorful pieces throughout your mid lengths and ends. A little color goes a long way.

Cotton Candy

Taking the time, money, and energy to invest in rainbow hair is no minor commitment. If you’re ready for rainbow hair, there’s no look quite as dramatic as cotton candy. The rainbow of pastel shades reminds us of many dolls we owned as kids. If cute and stylish is your brand, then cotton candy hair is the way to go.

Neon

Love being the center of attention? Make your strands a truly standout work of art by creating your mermaid hair with neon shades. There’s no reason to mute your color. Just make sure your colorist has fully briefed you on ways to keep your rainbow hair vibrant.

Peekaboo Mermaid Hair

Having brilliantly colored hair is a little like owning an ostentatious tattoo or piercing. Everyone’s bound to ask about it, which makes it even more appealing to keep that little secret under wraps. Give peekaboo mermaid hair a try by asking your stylist to part your hair in half and apply the color in a single line.

Faded Mermaid Hair

Not all who wander are lost, and not all those with faded hair regret it. Don’t tell hair pros, but we actually love the look of sun bleached or washed out color. The resulting pastel notes are subtle and beautiful, particularly on blonde hair. If your mermaid hair washes away, don’t panic immediately.

Watercolor Mermaid Hair

If you’re not the type who forgets to schedule hair appointments but you still want a taste of the laidback lifestyle, watercolor mermaid strands might be the look you’ve been hoping to uncover. Instead of applying the brightest version of your chosen shades, your colorist will purposefully stick to pastels. The resulting ‘do will be sweet, colorful, and infinitely cool—just like you.

Dip Dye Mermaid Hair

While the great majority of mermaid hairdos are built with an ombre technique, there’s another alternative that’s even simpler: dip dye. For this look, your colorist will preserve your natural color from the scalp to the mid-lengths. In one sharp line, he or she will apply the mermaid shades of your chosen look for a result that’s infinitely more graphic than ombre.

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