Braids, Twists and Waves: Game of Thrones (Hairstyles)

Nothing short of spectacular, HBO’s fantasy-drama Game of Thrones has blown a striking force through television screens, with fans eagerly wanting more. The series has left little to be desired, from dramatic storyline, to formidable styling ‘piece de resistance’ of hair and costume design. Reaching fever pitch today for the premiere of season 3 in the US we pin point the best character hairstyling from past seasons, revealing the beauty tweaks and the in’s and out’s of Game of Thrones: Hair Edition.

Game of Thrones, hair designer, Kevin Alexander, strictly mimics hair references from the shows original novel. Each religiously holds symbolic meaning through colour, and creates different aspects of understanding towards certain characters. 20 to 30 wigs are in use to style characters in the series. Character principals like Daenery, Cersei, Malisandre and Margeary all wear wigs, which can cost up to $7,000 each. Wigs are usually 24 to 28 inches long and the prices differ dependent on the maintenance. All are human hair, sourced from India, Europe and Russia and colours and strands are all individually sourced. At night, they’re put on custom made blocks to keep their shape and every few days are washed, styled and set with hairstyling products. As well as colours, braiding is significantly styled throughout Game of Thrones – a solid best on our list for this hair-o-thon.

Queen Cersei’s hair can be achieved whether your hair is naturally wavy or not. It’s simple, no-fuss way to achieve a Game of Thrones look, suitable for any day event. Preferably, use a three barrel curling iron, otherwise you can achieve the look with brushed out braids. Part your hair down the middle and section small amounts of the hair off at the front. On the left side of the head by the temple, gently part out a small section of hair into two smaller sections. Try not to part out anything exact, you can just do it with your fingers – this should have a soft, loose feel and affect. Make a rope or twist braid with the small section at the temple and repeat on the other side of the head. Bring them together in the middle and secure with a hair tie.

The actress who plays Princess Daenery has naturally dark hair. She spends up to two hours in the chair getting transformed for her character Mother of Dragons. The team braids her hair, puts on a bald cap, then styles her wig. To achieve a more complex, swoon braided style like Princess Daenery, opt for hair extensions if you haven’t already got long hair and long layers. You can begin braiding your hair, making one braid on each side of your head, near your temples. Braids are much like plaited hair, but they are weaved into the rest of your hair and generally adhere in one place. After hair spraying, bring the two braids back behind your head and secure with a hair tie. Repeat the same steps over again with one braid on each side of the head right above the ears. Waves throughout the rest of your hair will achieve a closer look to the character. But overall, this look can be worn for night time events and special occasions.


Season 3, Episode 1 of Game of Thrones premiere’s March 31, 2012 on HBO…

You may never of imagined it but next time you watch this show. You won’t be able to help but notice the incredible hairstyles.

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