Arya’s Braavos Braids

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We are getting ever closer to the season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones! Less than two weeks now! Here’s another tutorial for a style seen in behind the scenes photos, but this one is even more exciting because Arya is finally wearing braids again for the first time in four years! (Geez has it been that long already?) Plus, she still has short hair, albeit a little longer than when she tried to pass as Arry the orphan boy, so those of you who struggle to do long hairstyles on characters like Cersei or Margaery will be perfect for this style!

Difficulty: Moderately Hard
Hair Length: between chin length and arm pit length
Materials: bobby pins, two small hair elastics, smoothing products
Skills needed: French rope braid
Time cost: 15-30 minutes
Ideal hair type: straight or wavy, short

Step 1 to do this hairstyle: split your hair down the center, from forehead to neck. Tie off the left half for now.

Step 2: Grab a chunk of hair from your neck in the right half of hair, and French rope braid up along the side of your head towards your forehead. This means splitting the chunk into two halves, twisting the halves clockwise, twisting together counter clockwise, and adding in free hanging hair from this side of your head after each 180 degree turn. Rope braid to the ends when you’ve added in all the hair on the right side of your head.

Step 3: Wrap the braid around itself at your forehead hairline to form a little braid bun, and pin in place using small bobby pins.

Step 4: Make another rope braid on the left side of your head, only this time twist the individual rope braid strands counterclockwise and twist together clockwise. This makes sure that both braids are mirror images of each other and both twist in the direction of the top of your head.

Step 5: Make another braid bun with this second braid. And done!

braided hairstyle worn by Arya in Game of Thrones

Back view of Arya’s Braavos braids

The thing I found most difficult about this hairstyle is getting the bottom sections that are added to the rope braid to be smooth. As you can see in the photo’s of Maisie Williams in costume, her style is shiny, tight, and pristine. In contrast the braids I did on my friend in this tutorial have some flyaways and the sections are completely flat against her head. This is because I didn’t have the time to experiment a lot with her hair to see what products would work best. If you want to do this hairstyle and your reeeeaaalllyyyy want it to be perfect like in the show, I recommend practicing several times with different styling products like water, a fine comb, hair spray, smoothing serum, and/or hair gel to see what combination works best for you. After all, every head of hair is different.

Thanks for watching this tutorial! If you have any questions or comments, don’t be afraid to leave a comment or contact me over social media!

Have a great season premiere 🙂

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