There are a number of ways to geek out over the final season of Game of Thrones, but if you’re looking to show your support in style, you may want consider trying your hand at one of these themed hairstyles. Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan teamed up with Tresemmé to share a couple of GOT-inspired braid tutorials, and they are perfect for your next viewing party. While both looks require some skill, we assure you that the steps are easier to follow than the storyline of the show.
First up, Marjan recreated Khaleesi’s half-up braids. For the last eight seasons, the Mother of Dragons has worn long platinum waves, often twisted into braids that are thought to represent her many victories.
To create the signature style, Marjan starts with center-parted hair and weaves small sections on either side of the head into Dutch braids, adding hair from only the top side of the braid (basically the opposite of a French braid). Then, when the braids meet at the back of the head, she secures with an elastic and wraps it with hair to hide the band.
The same steps are repeated one inch below the top braids before tying the three sections (top and two bottom braids) together with an elastic and pinning to secure. Marjan finishes with a generous spritz of Tresemme Micro Mist Level 4 Hairspray to lock the look in place. If you want your braids to be a little looser, gently pull on the weaves with your fingers, she suggests.
Sansa Stark-Inspired Northern Fishtail Braid
For a style inspired by Sansa Stark, Marjan created a “northern fishtail braid.” The Lady of Winterfell’s hair is said to reflect the people she’s inspired by at the time, with her thick braid mimicking her late mother’s signature style. The fishtail braid may also be reference to her mother’s family sigil, the fish.
For this look, Marjan begins braiding hair on both sides of the part, adding hair from only one side of the braid, and secures at the ends with an elastic. Next, she splits hair down the middle to start the fishtail, adding a small piece from the outside of one side to the middle of the other side while working her way down. She continues to fishtail through the ends, then secures with an elastic.
To finish, Marjan uses her fingers to pull at the sides of the braid, making it appear thicker, and mist allover with hairspray. Voila! Game of Thrones braids fit for a queen.