So this is a pretty hefty topic, there are so many different opinions and ways to be a mermaid these days.
If you have been around for a while, you will know that I am BIG into comfort and the overall experience of BEING a mermaid versus just LOOKING like a mermaid.
I definitely feel like there are two camps when it comes to being a mermaid: the mermaids who don't care or can cope with being unbelievably uncomfortable and the mermaids who can't stand being uncomfortable and will do whatever it takes to be cozy in their tails.
Simplicity for me has always been KEY. Less is more in my opinion and I feel very strongly that it IS possible to have a comfortable mermaid experience and still look MERmazing.
A lot of mermaids like to have BIG flukes and it can't definitely add to the stress on your body. That and wigs can add stress to your head/neck and upper back. Extra jewelry and lots of extra fabric and fins can really take away from your overall experience.
That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with all that I listed above and if you can handle it then go for it! If you can't then there are things you can do to help make it easier on yourself.
Simplify your look. Use a fabric tail with a simple fluke shape/design. Opt for a flexible monofin, something not TOO heavy and something that fits you properly. You can wear lightweight accessories and be SELECTIVE. You don't need to wear every single piece of jewelry you own to make a statement.
Avoid halter-style tops that will add a lot of pressure to your neck and shoulders. Don't remove bra straps from your shell tops with the intent of replacing it with netting because it CAN and probably WILL dig into your skin.
Wear extra chest support if you need it!
You don't need to wear a full wig to have long hair! My favourite wig is actually half a wig that is sewn into a shell headband which takes some of the pressure off of my hair and face.
Don't be afraid to experiment with different options! When you go to the pool make a mental note so you know how you can make adjustments and improvements for next time.
I hope you found this helpful and I would love to hear what your tips are for making the mermaid experience more comfortable.
Don't forget to click the link below to listen to this week's podcast episode where we talk all about comfort as a mermaid!
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Hey my fishes, my name is Courtney and welcome to my blog!
I quit my day job as full time designer in the animation industry to pursue my love of make fully functional, highly detailed fabric mermaid tails!
More about how I became a mermaid here.