How to Do Cute Mermaid Curls on Short Hair in a Few Easy Steps

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Today, I’m going to show you how to do mermaid curls on short hair. If you’ve been looking for an easy, quick way to add some texture to your hair, then let me introduce you to mermaid curls.

Short hair can be hard to style and add curls to without making your hair even shorter, but mermaid curls are the perfect way to maintain length but still change up your look. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Mousse
  • Hair straightener
  • Hairspray
  • Hair clips
  • Wide-tooth comb
Applying mousse to wet hair

1. Apply mousse

Shower and wash your hair. While your hair is still wet, use a volume and heat protectant mousse in your hair as we will be applying heat.

This will also help your curls stick if you have fine hair like me and have trouble with your curls not holding.

Appling heat protectant spray to hair

2. Comb in heat protectant

Apply an additional heat protectant spray and brush it through with a wide-tooth comb.

Sectioning hair into a top and bottom half

3. Section your hair

We’re going to start by sectioning the hair. Section your hair into two halves: a top half and a bottom half. Tie or clip the top section to keep it out of the way as we work through the bottom section first. 

How to curl mermaid curls

4. Curl the bottom section

To make our mermaid curls, we’re going to use a hair straightener at around 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Start in the back and make your way forward since the back tends to be trickier to reach around.

Bring your straightener all the way to the top of the hair, but not touching the scalp, clamp the hair down, and turn your straightener towards your head.

Sliding and turning the straightening iron

Slide the straightener down just a little and turn it away from you.

Crimping the hair to create the curl pattern

Repeat this process—slide and turn in the opposite direction—gradually down your hair until you get to the end of the section.

How to curl mermaid waves

Tip: Keep your straightener parallel to the floor and perpendicular to your hair. If you want more precision, you can separate your hair into more than two sections.

Spraying the curl with hairspray

5. Spray the finished curl with hairspray

Once you finish with the bottom layer, spritz the entire section with hairspray.

Mermaid curls tutorial

6. Curl the top layer

Repeat for the top section of your hair. This time, though, you want to start the curl closer to the root unlike the bottom section where you can’t really see the roots.

Make sure the space between each curl is even by pulling the straightener down before each twist the same distance.

Also, the number of twists you do with each strand of hair doesn’t matter. They don’t all have to be in perfect synchronization.

How to do mermaid curls

When working on the opposite side, feel free to use a clip to keep the hair out of your face while you work.

Ruffling the mermaid curls

7. Ruffle your hair

When you’re finished, you could keep the waves as they are but I decided to ruffle them up with my fingers.

Covering with hairspray

8. Cover with hairspray

Finish off the mermaid curls with a spritz of hairspray.

Mermaid curls on short hair

How to do mermaid curls on short hair

Here’s the finished look! If you’re not a fan of the middle part, you can swish it to the side, but I’m a middle part girl. 

I hope you guys liked this tutorial on how to do mermaid curls! If you try this, let me know how it turns out for you!

Suggested materials:
  • Mousse
  • Hair straightener
  • Hairspray
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  • Linda Linda on May 19, 2022

    I live this idea! You look beautiful! I wish I had seen it sooner as I wouldn’t have had my hair cut this much yesterday. I’ll try this trick in 2 months when it grows some.