George R. R. Martin’s incredible series of fantasy novels took the world by storm in 2011 when “Game of Thrones” hit the airwaves. It has been a smash hit since day one, with tales of intrigue, deceit, love, murder, and enough twists to give M. Night Shyamalan a run for his money.
Fans of the show can’t get enough of Martin’s work, and the hairstyling world can’t get enough of the intricate braids featured on the show. Cersei, Sansa, and Daenerys all showcase a sample of the beautifully crafted braids found in the show. With the new season upon us, we’re sure that you’ve been getting requests to set them up with an amazing braid of their own.
We understand, and we’ve come to help.
We’ve found three of the main braids found in the show and outlined how they’re accomplished. With these braids up your sleeve, your GoT-loving clients will be doing hand-springs.
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The best thing about these braids is that you already have the toolbox ready to go! A softening spray, pomade or wax to deal with flyaways, a brush, and hair elastics, and you’re ready to get started.
The Dutch Braid
Choose the section of hair you want to braid, then divide the top layer into three strands at the crown of the head. Right under center strand; Left under center strand; then on the right, gather new strands. Include these with the right side. Bring it across and under. Do the same with the left.
This braid is pretty simple, but with a deft touch – and possibly some colour added (totally up to you and the client) – you can create an amazing looking GoT-style braid.
PS – If you want to make the authentic Khaleesi look, make 5 Dutch braids (two on top, two on the side, and one joining them all). Speaking of Khaleesi….
If you watch the show, the Mother of Dragons is a central and inspiring character. She is a no-nonsense woman who clearly has everything under control. We have no doubt that fans of hers have come looking for a braid similar to the one she wears on screen. Here’s an excellent braid that will have your other clients’ jaws on the floor.
Begin to ‘tie the shoe’ of the slip-tie braid. Check out this video for a tutorial if you’re unsure how to do it. Merge the hair that’s been tied left of center into one section. Grab a section on the opposite side, below the first. Repeat the first action, but this time with the bundle of hair ending on the right side.
Merge the hair again, grabbing a section from the left side to start your knot. Every knot will be either left or right of center. Always tie vertically. The braid will naturally start to form a triangular shape. This is a good thing! If the client has layered hair, merge that into the braid itself.
As you come to the end, roll the end up and fold the braid underneath. Secure it with grips and you’re finished!
The Fishtail Braid
Pick the section you’d like to braid and divide it into two. Hold a section in each hand. Bring a small piece from the outside of the top section to the middle and then down to the bottom section. Repeat but from the other side. You want there to be two sections the whole time. After the repeated action, you’ll have an X in the middle. Continue this process until the braid is finished.
There are many different braids out there that can be made for any avid Game of Thrones fan. From simple to complex, there’s no limit to the braid work that can be done. With some practice – and a willing participant – you can create some pretty impressive braids. Winter is coming, so we hope you found this post insightful! Enjoy the upcoming season!