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Idan Cohen, NYFW

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Apparently, mermaids love a good beach wave.

On Friday, models strutted down the Idan Cohen runway in a combination of pastel-colored, flowing frocks, bejeweled, sheer fabrics with loose curls and center parts. It was as if Ariel joined forces will all her princess pals and created a collection we could see on celebs like Emma Stone or Cate Blanchett.

For head hair designer and celeb hairstylist Marc Mena, the inspiration behind the loose locks was much more retro than Disney.

"It is very Bette Davis meets Farrah Fawcett," said the E! Style Collective hair guru. "It is not too contrived—almost like you went to bed in a braid and woke up with messy, big, sexy waves."

Marc Mena, BTS, Idan Cohen Show

Marc wanted the hair to be as soft and romantic as the clothes—and worthy of both a modern-day princess and a busy, working woman. The hairstylist even shared the step-by-step to replicating the look, which Marc dubbed the "Long Hair Finger Wave."

Step 1: Towel dry hair to create body.
Step 2: Apply a volumizing spray and mousse on wet hair from roots to end.
Step 3: Blow-dry hair in sections using a round brush.
Step 4: Part hair in the middle.
Step 5: Place large rollers in 1-inch sections throughout your hair, leaving them in for 15 minutes.
Step 6: Use a light hairspray to create a flexible hold.
Step 7: Using a 1-3/4 inch iron, curl hair from mid-shaft to ends on a low-heat setting while simultaneously twisting hair, creating loose waves.
Step 8: Brush out curls and spray for hold.

Now ride out those waves.