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    30 Ways To Get The Mermaid Hair Of Your Dreams

    Tress to impress.

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    1. Create gorgeous, loose curls that'll last for days using a quick-heating curling wand.

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    This wand has a one-inch barrel and heats up to 400° F. It comes with a heat protective glove so you don't accidentally burn your fingers.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! I have thick hair that's very difficult to curl, so whenever I try, it's barely even wavy a few hours into the day. That is not the case with this curling wand. I get long-lasting waves or curls, and it doesn't take forever to get it done. You can make curls as tight as you want, so you can have spiral curls or a light wave. It works better than many of the more expensive tools I've bought. I'm so happy I gave it a shot!" —Stephanie C.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98.

    2. Put your curling wand to good use for styling effortless, I-woke-up-like-this beach waves.

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    Check out the tutorial for this look here.

    3. Keep your locks looking sleek and shiny with a few spritzes of a smoothing hair oil. Farewell, frizz.

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    Promising review: "This was suggested to me by my hair stylist, and what a great suggestion! I use Verb Ghost Oil daily for extra shine when I'm heading out the door. I started using this product daily, and my hair is shinier and softer than ever. I also really like that it's so light and never leaves any residue or heavy feeling in my hair." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. Switch from regular hair ties to a set of criss-cross hairpins that are just ~pearl-fect~.

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    Get them from Free People for $12.

    5. Inspire serious hair-envy with a surprisingly easy-to-do flower braid.

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    Check out more pretty and easy-to-do hairstyles here.

    6. Go from pin-straight to perfectly wavy with a volumizing spray (before curling) and a holding spray (after curling).

    7. Moisturize your mane using a simple but effective DIY avocado treatment oil.

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    Find the recipe here.

    Get them from Amazon: argan oil for $12.30, avocado oil for $12.90, essential oils for $16.95 (eight-pack), and dropper bottles for $11.99 (12-pack).

    8. Elevate your hair to unicorn status by coloring it a shade of pastel. The best part is you don't even have to commit to one color — it washes out in a few weeks (four to eight shampoos).

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    This product has a vegan formula and doesn't contain ammonia or peroxide. Check out the full review of this semi-permanent hair color here.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.44 (available in eight shades for bleached and blonde hair and four colors for brunettes).

    9. Wash away residue left behind by your fave hair products (which can cause dullness and greasiness) with a clarifying shampoo.

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    This shampoo is designed for all hair types — even color-treated hair and thin hair. Use this once a week for best results!

    Promising review: "I started using this once a week to get the gunk out that weighs down your hair and makes it limp and lifeless. This shampoo is amazing! It wakes my hair up every Sunday when I use it. I'm also one of those people who like to spread out washing my hair, and this allows me to do that. After I use it, my hair looks a shade lighter, and it's weightless and full of body. The smell is a little on the strong side, but it's a clean scent, so I don't mind." —Lindsay

    Get it from Amazon for $4.65.

    10. Opt for flexible curling rods to get perfect waves sans heat.

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    Promising review: "My hair is naturally curly/kinky, but I wanted to try and tame my curls a bit more (more curl, less frizz), so I bought these. I simply wash/condition my hair, gently shake out my hair so that it's damp but not dripping wet, put my styling creme in, then the twist-flex rods, wrap my hair up in a microfiber towel, and the next morning take them out to reveal absolutely gorgeous, soft, bouncy curls with little to no frizz. The curls last me just about the entire day. So glad I bought these — I love them!" —MBradford79

    Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $10.39.

    11. Decorate your tresses with a hair crown that looks like it was uncovered in a lost treasure chest.

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    Get it from ASOS for $19.

    12. Try to wash your hair less often, so you don't strip away its natural oils. Keep your locks looking fresh and soft between washes with a dry shampoo and conditioner duo.

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    Promising review: "These two products are incredible. The dry shampoo completely renews my hair when it's a little oily or simply dirty, and the dry conditioner adds textures and softens the ends when they become crunchy on the second or third day." —Eloisa

    Ge them from Amazon for $36.

    13. Add a fishtail braid (or two) to trick people into thinking you're a hair whiz.

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    Check out the tutorial for this look as well other braided hairstyles here.

    14. Give Rapunzel a run for her money with a braided twist worthy of a princess.

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    Get the tutorial for this look and two other dreamy hairdos here.

    15. Pop on a seashell clip to make a messy bun look a bit more ~clamorous~.

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    Get it from ASOS for $6.50.

    16. Whip up a nourishing hair mask using ingredients you can find in the fridge.

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    Check out the recipes for these two masks here.

    17. Wow everyone at your next party with a little glitter and some hair chalk. It applies easily on dry hair and washes out with some shampoo.

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    This will show up on dark hair as well!

    Promising review: "This is the nicest chalk that really stays on and is a beautiful silver-blue. If you push hard onto the chalk pad, you end up with a dark blue, but for the subtle look like the model has, press lightly, drawing it through your hair. It will coat the front and back of the strands! I loved it so much, I ordered the dusty rose, too, which has more of a glitter to it." —Laura D.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in five colors).

    18. Learn a simple way to make a standard half-up-half-down hairdo look professionally done.

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    Check out the full tutorial here.

    19. Forgo store-bought sea salt spray and make one from scratch using a DIY recipe.

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    Get the recipe here.

    Get them from Amazon: Himalayan salt for $7.49, Hawaiian red salt for $7.95, sea salt for $6.34, aloe vera gel for $12.89, coconut oil for $9.95, and argan oil for $12.30.

    20. Restore damaged and brittle hair to a silky soft state with an argan oil leave-in treatment/conditioner.

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    Promising review: "This makes my hair so very shiny and soft that it looks like fake wig strands, lol. I love this product and for the first time in 10 years, I can now wear my hair down without putting a flat iron to it. It lays down with little to no fly-aways, and the shine makes it look so healthy. My hair is damaged by heating devices, and with this product, I feel and look great." —CKF

    Get it from Amazon for $18.04.

    21. Wrap wet hair in a super-soft and absorbent microfiber towel to avoid frizz and damage. It creates less friction than regular terry cloth towels and cuts down drying time, so you won't need to blow dry.

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    This lightweight towel measures 45"x25". It's machine-washable and quick-drying and has a stretchable tie loop for securing a turban.

    Promising review: "I bought this to replace a much smaller microfiber hair towel that my hair is almost too long for. No risk of my hair outgrowing this towel — the size is perfect for long hair. It dries my very thick hair without me having to rub at it (making it more frizzy) and is super lightweight. I will probably buy a second when my hair fully outgrows my other towel!" —Cecilia Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    22. Nourish, detangle, and enhance your natural curls with a hair smoothie made from shea butter, coconut oil, and hibiscus.

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    Promising review: "Amazing moisture: it leaves curls shiny but not sticky or oily. I use this after showering on sopping wet hair — scrunch it into curls and then plop. It is a great leave-in conditioner. I find it's less of a styling product but makes my hair feel super healthy and smells nice, too." —cacj77

    Get it from Amazon for $10.12.

    23. Prep your tresses before exposing them to heat and sun with a primer lotion. Styling tools and UVA/UVB rays can damage hair and cause color-treated hair to fade.

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    Promising review: "This is the only product I have found that actually works as a heat protectant. I often straighten or curl my front ends and bangs, and they usually get fried pretty quickly and are in need of a trim. I've been using the Hot Toddy on wet hair (mostly bangs and ends) for about a month, and they still look healthy." —ahenry

    Get it from Sephora for $30.

    24. Embrace the ombre hair trend with a potent hair dye that works on both light and dark hair.

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    You'll get subtle hints of color on unbleached or dark hair and intense, vibrant color on bleached or blonde hair. Each kit contains the color, bleach, and peroxide.

    Promising review: "Amazing intense blue color! It did wash out in a couple months, but the fading colors were pleasing: blue steel, then blue-gray, then bleached blond as if never dyed. The included bleach and dye did not seem to have damaged the hair at all. Rinsing can be a challenge; I used a rubber feed tub in the back yard. Getting a friend to help avoids a lot of mess." —Una

    Get it from Amazon for $9.18+ (available in six colors).

    25. Or, go all out and color your whole head in a bold shade that'll look great even as it fades.

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    This product has a vegan and cruelty-free formula and is free from PPD, ammonia, peroxide, and parabens. The colors will last for four to six weeks.

    Promising review: "This is one of my all-time favorite colors (After Midnight Blue). I love the entire Manic Panic color line. It's a very bright, vibrant blue, long-lasting, and fades to a nice green or pastel blue, depending on how light your hair was prior to coloring. I also love that it's vegetable-based so no harsh chemicals!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.56 (available in 40 colors).

    26. Treat your hair and scalp to a hydrating mask every so often, especially as the weather gets colder and drier.

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    This oil-based mask has a vegan formula designed to protect your hair from harmful UV rays, moisturize hair, eliminate dandruff, promote follicle growth, and prevent breakage and split ends.

    Promising review: "My hair suffers from damage from all the heat I use on a daily basis. It also has some natural curl and wave (which I always iron out), so it tends to frizz. I've been debating getting this for weeks now, and I'm so glad I did! I left it on for 30 minutes before my shower. After I washed, conditioned, and dried, my hair was SO SHINY! It felt revived and refreshed! Definitely does exactly what it says it will. Really happy with the results!" —Lubella

    Get it from Anthropologie for $15.50.

    27. Get nominated for "Best Hair" with an Instagram-worthy waterfall twist.

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    Check out the tutorial here.

    28. Go for a relaxed french braid instead of a messy bun on days you don't feel like trying. It'll look like you put in more effort (when you really didn't).

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    Check out the tutorial here.

    Get the french braid tool from Walmart for $6.04.

    29. Sleep on a silk pillowcase to avoid waking up with bedhead (the bad kind). It's gentler on your hair and skin than cotton or synthetic materials.

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    Promising review: "I'm a believer. After years of waking up like the Bride of Frankenstein, I have finally found a solution. No more bedhead! My hair had much less static friction, and it looked barely mussed. The quality is wonderful — there's a zipper to keep it in place and a nice feel to the fabric. It feels cool to my face. I love it, and I'm planning to buy another one." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 34 colors/patterns and six sizes).

    30. Look like an actual mermaid by wearing hair accessories sourced from the sea. Ariel would approve.

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    Get them from PoppyCoast on Etsy: seashell haircomb for $15 and starfish bobby pins for $12 (two-pack).

    Great hair, don't care.

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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