If you are (a) a mother, (b) time poor, (c) not a morning person, or (d) all of the above, set an extra 30-minutes on your alarm and read on.

The mermaid wave for lazy girls has been somewhat of a revelation to me, a woman, who has an aversion to curling irons and early starts. Think of this hairstyle as the lovechild of Brooke Shields (circa Blue Lagoon) and Caroline De Margaret (circa all the time) — a kinky, tousled, beachy wave that has you looking as if you’ve put in a French girl amount of effort (i.e. enough, but not too much).

What is the secret to hair of such immeasurable beauty, you ask? Go to bed, maximise on that thing they call “beauty sleep”, dream of cruising the French Riviera with a young Robert Redford, and, come sunrise, revel in your glorious mane.

Step One

Wash your hair and leave it until it’s 80% dry — prime time for moulding hair. Give your lengths a good once-over with a boar bristle brush — either Mason Pearson’s Pocket Pure Boar Brush or Evo’s Conrad Bristle Paddle Brush — before applying a serum. This step is integral to smoothing down the hair shaft so that you wake up in the AM sans frizz.


Step Two

Apply one or two pumps of Moroccan Oil Treatment to your hair from the mid-length to the ends to condition it. Then, divide you hair into two even sections, before forming two plaits that begin at the nape of your neck. By all means, feel free to skip the following steps, because, let’s be real – pigtails are cute and throwback.


Step Three

Go to bed, preferably for six to eight hours, while your hair dries. Hint: A silk pillowcase reduces friction and, by extension, frizz. To achieve this look by day, give the plaits a once-over with a straightening iron or a hairdryer set to hot.


Step Four

Wake up, pour yourself a coffee, and make your way to the bathroom for the big reveal. Undo the plaits, raking through them with your fingers, before setting them with a light layer of Oribe’s Superfine Hair Spray before applying Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray to the roots for added volume.


Words, Rose Howard. Photography, Dakota Gordon