Monday, 17 March 2014

The Mermaid Braid.

Most of my Saturday nights are spent curled up on my sofa in my pyjamas, eating copious amounts of chocolate and watching The Voice... wild, right?

As you might already know, I'm now exactly one year away from finishing my degree in Medicine, so as the current final year medics at my University have just finished and were having a swanky graduation ball to celebrate the occasion, I decided to crash it and make my Saturday night a slightly more glamorous affair than normal.

I'd had the dress, a floor length crimson number, hanging in my wardrobe for a fair while... but instead of accessorizing it with my normal mahusive Cheryl Cole-inspired 'do, I went for something a little different...

You are all aware of my slight girl crush on Blake Lively - I've always marveled over the beautiful mermaid braid she wore at the Green Lantern premiere, and decided this would be the perfect, minimum fuss hairstyle for me.

I first prepped my hair by washing and conditioning it with the L'Oreal Paris Elvive Fibrology Range*, a line which has been over fifteen years in the making, and promises to make your hair thicker-looking (it really does... but more about that another time). Having applied a heat protectant and dried my hair, I loosely curled it with my favourite Babyliss tongs to create a little texture, before finishing with a light spritz of L'Oréal Paris TXT Volume Supersizing Spray and giving it a little (technical term coming up here) 'zhuzh.'

Next came creating the 'do itself which honestly took all of five minutes. I followed this tutorial, but essentially this style is two smaller fishtail braids attached to one larger, looser one... it's so quick and easy, but really looks as though you've spent hours faffing around and perfecting your locks to create the perfect mermaid braid.

The only difference with my take on this 'do is that I skipped out on the decorative hair accessory because I decided to plump for a statement necklace (available here) with the dress and thought it could all get a little O.T.T. if I went for a sparkly clip too.

The only downside is that this look is only really achievable on those lucky ladies with long, thick hair... sorry if that's not you, but hey, there's always extensions if you fancy cheating it!

What do you think of this hairstyle?
*PR Sample
Photo of Blake Lively by StyleCaster Media Group


  1. You look stunning! Love this hair look too, looks fab!

  2. your hair looks awesome well done! plus I love your entire outfit! =)

    sal// Novarellie

  3. You do look fabulous and the hairstyle is fantastic!

  4. What makeup are you wearing here?! It looks beautiful xx

    1. Hi Clara, thanks very much!

      I did a warm chocolate and cranberry smokey eye using The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes in Warm & MAC Cranberry eyeshadow with some black gel liner along the waterline & upper lashine and some Millie Mackintosh lashes... think the Shoreditch ones! I sort of made it up on the night and am not sure if you're after the eyes/base/lipstick etc but if you'd like to know more details let me know :-) xx


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