We've all seen those insanely gorgeous sea-inspired mermaid hair masterpieces that fill our Instagram feeds, but have you ever wondered what's it like to actually get the multicolored hair of your dreams IRL?
*whispers intensely* We have.
Three BuzzFeed employees — Claire, Lara, and Pablo — dedicated their time (and hair!) to find out jusssst how much work it actually takes, with the help of LA-based hair colorist Daniel Moon from Ramirez | Tran Salon.
Before the fun starts, you need to get real with your stylist about your past hair-coloring experiences. (Don't lie about that box dye!)
Then, the hardcore bleaching begins.
After all that work, it's time to werk...
AKA take some VERY SERIOUS fashion-y snapshots, like this.
All right, now it's (finally!) time to add those super vibrant shades.
Here's the complete rundown of every single color used, if you're into that.
Roots: Pravana Blue and Pravana Violet
Middle: Pravana Violet with a touch of Pravana Yellow
Ends: Pravana Pink and Pravana Pastel Pink
Roots: Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise
Middle: Pravana Neon Blue and Pravana Blue
Ends: Pravana Clear, Pravana Blue, and Pravana Yellow
OK, it's finally here, people, the moment we've all been waiting for: THE MERMAID HAIR REVEAL.
Claire said she was terrified to take the plunge (heh), but loves the new mer-her.
Lara can't stop looking in the mirror since her mermaid transformation but was surprised by how much the bleach dried out her hair.
Pablo felt an instant boost of confidence with his new look, and he's glad he took a risk.
As these three have learned, having mermaid hair ain't easy, so here are some tips to keep your hair healthy.
And some A+ product suggestions straight from Daniel himself.
Watch how it all went down here:
Aaand one more time for the cheap seats:
Have fun out there, mers.
Colorist: Daniel Moon, @majormoonn
Makeup artist: Theresa Reish, @meesa.theresa.mua
Models: Lara Parker, Claire de Louraille, and Pablo Valdivia
Video: Nicolette Daskalakis
Coloring services were provided to BuzzFeed free of charge.