Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

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Many fans have emailed or tagged me in photos from Pinterest and Instagram asking me to film a mermaid braid tutorial.

To be honest, I haven’t loved the style enough to film one because I didn’t particularly like how the strands pulled into the braid from the front and sides.

Thinking about it for some weeks now, it hit me that we should create a hairstyle combination using the Waterfall Twists as a base for the style… and then use the falling strands of those twists as the “add-ins” for the Mermaid Braid!Back view of Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

When I tried it out, as soon as I released the braid… it nearly took my breath away! We L-O-V-E-D it!!!Back view of Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

CGH#3 wanted to be my model knowing that today is Mother’s Day, and she asked to do the video introduction as well! Isn’t she adorable???Back view of Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Back view of Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Portrait of a young girl modeling Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray, and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing hair, and making a center part right down the head…
  2. Complete a waterfall twist on both sides of the head, beginning near the temples and ending at the back of the head…
  3. Take the ends of both twists {you should have 4 strands total} and create three strands from them {I do this by joining together two strands, one from each side, to create one strand}…
  4. Now begin a simple braid….
  5. After one complete stitch, pick up the nearest waterfall strand {the hair running through the twist} on the left side of the head and add it into your left-most braid strand…
  6. Now pick up the nearest waterfall strand on the right side of the head and add it into your right-most braid strand…
  7. Next, complete a regular braid stitch without adding in any hair {this will space out the stranding and create the mermaid braid look}..
  8. Repeat Steps 5-7 by adding in the waterfall strands until you run out…
  9. After all waterfall strands are included, finish the rest of the hair off into the simple braid…
  10. Secure with a hair elastic…
  11. Add any accessory or ribbon as desired.


Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. hey this is me and my bestie im isabelle and my friends is kambria this is now her talking: hello its me Kambria i just want to say that you can do anything to my hair and this is a great thing to do to my hair and i love this hair style. this is me agian super cute hair Kambria and i love it i cant wait to do it to her. thank you!!! that last last line was done by both of us

  2. I loooove this hair style but having difficulties with it as my daughters hair is too thin and waaaay to curly/frizzy. Any advice?

    1. Try styling her hair when it’s damp. Use a wide toothed comb (Not a brush) and detangle the hair. If the hair isn’t quite on the damp side yet, leave to dry until it is. You’ll find it much easier and also, it’ll look much neater when it’s finished :). Hope this works for you

  3. I love your video, i have download lot of your video, but i don’t know why my WMP can not open your video? look like it is new file .MPEG4. Pls advise which player i can read your video?
    Thanks a lot

  4. WOW Mindy you truly are talented! I am in awe of all your hairstyles but this is DEF one of my top ten favorites! Congrats on your skills and most beautiful family!

  5. I like the way you combine techniques! Something I do for my daughter’s hair is similar. She has hair to her hips but she is only nine and likes to run and play so we keep it all braided and only leave some of it down for church. I really like to do a waterfall braid on each side of her head like pigtails and I keep the waterfall going as far down the braid as I can. Then I pull the waterfall strands up to the top and braid it down the middle. Since it tends to pull the lower braids to the side in the middle, I sometimes alternate pulling the strands from in front of and behind the braid. When it’s done it looks much more complicated than it is. Takes me about a half hour. Thanks! I love your site!

  6. I LOVE this!! & I Can’t wait to try this on my little sister’s hair tomorrow!! 🙂

    Love, Ur finnish fan.

  7. This is beautiful! I think I’ll wear it tomorrow! Thank you! Can u do a Katniss bow braid tutorial? Thank you!

  8. Hi Mindy!!! This waterfall twist mermaid braid is just gorgeous. Hey but I wonder how did you do your hair. I love that kind of ponytail but don’t know how to do it. Teach me please. Your #1 venezuelan fan.

    1. absolutely gorgeous

      where do you get the clear elastic bands from?
      please answer my question i’ve been looking everywhere for them.

      1. Any store if u actually look. Sorry for sounding so sassy but its true I found some in Walmart, Walgreens, Dollar General, Khols, Sears, Practically any store in the mall and if u still cant find them they
        might be out of stock. Again sorry if I sounded sassy or mean please forgive me.

  9. I love this one and can’t wait to try it out on my DD tomorrow. Does your little sweet pea have asthma? She looked so pitiful sitting there with her neb mask on.

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