5 Pretty Mermaid Hairstyles for Halloween (or Any Other Day, Really)

Updated 04/20/19

Mermaid hairstyle is a term we're searching whether it's as part of planning a Halloween costume or not. Long, wavy, side-swept hair is always going to be gorgeous, no matter the time of year. There are so many options, and they're all fairly easy to try. All you need is a little bit of inspiration (we got you) and a few product recommendations (we have those, too). 

We scoured the internet and found a few select favorites on Instagram, from hairstylists and women in our community. Whether you're interested in fin-friendly costume, a bridal look, or a simple polished hairstyle for any event, keep scrolling. Below, find everything you never knew you needed for the prettiest mermaid hairstyle. 

Get a disco-mermaid vibe with long, '70s-inspired waves. If you have fine hair, apply a few spritzes of texture spray to add lift and hold to the style.

Nexxus Comb Thru Volume Finishing Mist
Nexxus Comb Thru Volume Finishing Mist $14
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For more mermaid whimsy, add a bit of pink temporary dye to your style—no bleach required. There's no commitment. You can spray it in one day and wash it out the next.

L'Oréal Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Pink
L'Oréal Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Pink
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For a more spot-on Ariel from The Little Mermaid costume, opt for super-glossy, auburn hair. Whether it's your natural color or not (we suggest bringing this gorgeous photo with you to the salon as inspo), you can up the ante with a shine spray.

Kenra Shine Spray
Kenra Shine Spray $17
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If your mermaid costume is chicer and simpler than it is over-the-top, try this long, half-up fishtail braided style. It's a bit more special than an everyday look but still easy to pull off (and doesn't include any dye). FYI: Mark Townsend uses mousse on dry hair post-blowout to achieve that ever-elusive Olsen lived-in look.

Dove Style + Care Curls Defining Mousse
Dove Style + Care Curls Defining Mousse $5
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If you're really looking to get literal, go for a wet-look hairstyle—because, you know, mermaids live in the ocean. All you need is a shiny, strong-hold finishing gel, and you're good to go. 

Bumble and bumble Sumogel
Bumble and Bumble Sumogel $29
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