It's been 25 years since Daryl Hannah enchanted New York City as one of the sexiest mermaids in movie history. Now her gorgeous tresses are making another splash (d'oh!) as beach-y, just-washed-ashore hair sings a siren song to stylish women around the boroughs.
"Women love this style because it's their version of 'done hair,' " says Michelle Snyder, a stylist at the newly opened Whittemore House salon in the West Village. "It's great if you're going somewhere fancy or just feeling fancy and aren't a high-maintenance lady."
Of course, getting that spontaneously tousled look requires more work than simply emerging from the water and letting the wind do its thing. In fact, Victoria Hunter, colorist and co-owner of Whittemore House and formerly the color director at Bumble and Bumble, says Snyder's become something of a mermaid-hair specialist: "Michelle is famous for the technique she uses with the curling iron."
Luckily, almost anyone can get the style, though those with super-curly or frizzy hair may have more trouble breaking apart their natural spirals for the relaxed look.
"You can do it on any hair, really," says Snyder, who cites celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Vanessa Hudgens as inspirations for the style. "But it obviously looks best on long, naturally wavy and layered hair — and those who have had a proper haircut." Seashells and fin come separately.
Step 1: Start out with either clean and wet hair, or dry and day-old hair. If you're starting with wet hair, comb through the curls and add a mousse like Sachajuan Hair Mousse ($28). Be generous with it, too, starting in the middle and combing it through with your fingers to the ends. Then add it to the roots. If you're trying to revive the look on the second or third day, spray your hair with a dry shampoo like Unite 7 Seconds Dry Shampoo Spray ($25) to absorb oils and add more texture.
Step 2: Rough-dry the hair, without a brush, with warm or hot air. If you want, flip the head to lift the roots and add volume. Then, twist and dry random pieces. Finally, with a paddle brush, brush out the ends.
Step 3: Section off the head and start wrapping one-inch pieces around the barrel of a one-inch curling iron, leaving out the ends and starting in the middle. (Note: The bigger the curling iron, the weaker the wave.) Once you let go of the curl, don't touch it. Leave it and continue curling other pieces.
Step 4: While curling, spray a product like SachaJuan Ocean Mist ($28) from far away. It adds texture and a bit of hold, a la that dried-after-an-ocean-dip feel. Continue spraying and wrapping.
Step 5: Once you've curled the whole head, finish with an anti-humidity spray from ORIBE ($38) so the waves don't collapse. "It's like magic for waves and fighting the New York summer," says Snyder.
ADD A BRAID
A braid will compliment the fairytale-esque seaside look. Plus, it's a great way to cool down by keeping pieces away from the face.
* Step 2: Begin braiding a regular braid, but underneath and only adding to the outside piece. Braid tight at first — "it'll fall apart if you do it loose at first," says Snyder.
* Step 3: Whether you've wrapped the whole head (left) or just kept it to one side, finish as a normal braid with the three pieces and secure it in place with a small band.
* Step 4: Finally, massage open the braid with your thumbs, deconstructing it to add to the weathered mermaid look.
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