In most tv shows and movies, fancy braiding only happens on long hair. While watching the History Channel’s show Vikings, it’s hard not to notice the long lengths of hair that fall down the actors’ backs and the thick piles of braids on their heads.
However, I recently sat down with Amy Bailey, who plays Queen Kwenthrith on the show. She has a new and short haircut, so together we wanted to show you how to take those iconic braids on the Vikings show and translate them into hairstyles that you can do with short hair!
Check out the video below to see how to do short Vikings hair.
Afterwards, I asked her several questions about the hairstyling details behind the scenes. Visit this post to see that interview and get all the insider information on Vikings hair!
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Hair Length: at least chin length
Materials: bobby pins, small hair elastics
Skills needed: lace braid, French braid
Time cost: 10-20 minutes
ideal hair type: straight or wavy
Lagertha has probably the most popular hairstyles on the show. So for this tutorial, we took her headband braid and side braids and converted them into versions that work on short hair.
To make the headband braid: This braid uses a technique called lace braiding. This involves adding in new hair to each strand of the braid like in a French braid, except this time you only add in hair to one side of the braid.
To make a headband, start with a deep part on one side of your head. Pick up a little bit of hair right next to this part, and split into into three sections. Notice how there is one closer to your forehead – we’ll call this the forward most strand. The one closest to the back of your head is the back most strand.
Bring the forward most strand over the middle one so the two switch places. And bring the back most strand over the new middle strand so they switch as well. Now, pick up more hair next to the braid, add that to the forward most strand, and bring this new bigger strand over the middle. Braid the back most strand over the middle normally. Keep adding in new hair to the forward most strands as you braid sideways across your front hairline.
When you start getting close to the ends of your hair in this braid, stop braiding and tie off with a small hair elastic or pin the braid back with bobby pins.
To make the side braid: This uses the French braiding technique. That means adding in new hair to all strands, on both sides of the braid.
Since Vikings uses a lot of texture in their hairstyles, you can make this braid look more interesting by grabbing a little big of hair on the other side of your part and braiding it normally. Then, pick up some hair from your side hairline, split in half, and now you have three strands to start braiding with – these two normal strands, and the little braid we’ll use as the third. French braid towards the back of your head, adding in hair from above and below the braid to each outside strand before weaving it over the middle strand.
Again, stop when you reach the ends of your hair. Tie off the braid with a small elastic, and then hide the end of the braid in the rest of your hair by tucking it under a section of hair in the back of your head and pinning it there with bobby pins.
Accent braids: Vikings women also wear lots of little braids placed organically all over the head as accent braids. You can make these as well, by picking up any little bit of hair that’s still hanging free and braiding it to the ends using any kind of braid you want. There’s lots of room for creativity here!
If you liked this tutorial, I have a lot more for Vikings and other shows on my Youtube channel Silvousplaits. There are some more for short hair too! Let me know what you thought of this and what sort of styles you’d like to see in the future!
Happy braiding!3 by