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“Mermaid Hair” Trend Has Women Dyeing Their Hair Into Magical Sea-Inspired Masterpieces

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Last summer, men’s haircuts and their beards saw an unconventionally colorful trend called the Merman. Suddenly, it seemed like their unnatural aqua locks were the best way to celebrate the warm, beach-friendly months. Women also have their own version of this style and utilize beautiful combinations of pink, blue, green, and purple dye to color their entire head of hair. Like the Mermen, this luscious mermaid hair features fantastical, sea-inspired masterpieces.

Women of all hair lengths can participate in the ever-growing trend. For locks longer than the shoulders, there’s often a multi-colored gradient applied to the head, with cerulean blues gradually transitioning into an eye-catching lavender or rosé. Complex French braiding adds another layer of dimension and texture to this style, proving that this is hair artistry at its finest.

For those who dream of wearing these colors, here are 17 inspirational iterations of the trend. Before you take the plunge, however, Buzzfeed has actually created a handy guide that takes you through the whole mermaid hair process—which can take up to 9 hours—but yields incredible results.

Above photo credit: @samihairmagic

Celebrate the colors of the sea with magical mermaid hair!

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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