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Viking Braids

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There are many notable Viking hairstyles. One of our favorites is the Nordic Braid, also commonly referred to as “The Viking Braid.” This trendy style has grown in popularity in recent years to become one of the most popular braid hairstyles for men and women looking to invoke their inner warrior status!

 Join us as we show you how to create your own nordic Viking braided hairstyle while we educate you on some of the history, benefits, and meanings.

Iconic main character from the viking series with long braided viking braids and shaved hair sides of his head.
African american viking braids with black man and black girl models.

CREATING THE ICONIC VIKING BRAIDS STEP BY STEP

Not only are biking braids very stylish and useful in battle, but creating the look is one of the easiest hairstyles on our website. Follow along with our written tutorial and check out the video below for visual references. This style uses a traditional side undercut design; this can be substituted with a side dutch braid, flat twist, cornrow, pompadour fade, or any method of your choice as long as the hair is dull or flat, and noticeably shorter than the hair on your noggin.

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  1. We recommend starting this design after two days from the last time you washed and showered your hair. This will give your hair a more natural and aggressive texture.
  2. Begin Braiding ONLY the top section of your head. Start on one side and braid from front to back along the top corner of your head. Then repeat the same design on the other side. 
  3. Now that you have created a clear separation from the top and the bottom, it will be easier to finish. 
  4. Finish the top part of your hairstyle by braiding those hair strands into distressed box braid designs.
  5. Once you have completed the top of your hairstyle, you can work to finish the sides. 
  6. You have the option of shaving the sides of your heads for a more traditional look, or you can style them in flat braids or hair twists that lay against your scalp.
  7. Complete the look by combining all the locs and braids into a high ponytail or man bun at the back of your head. This can be done with hair ties or rubber bands.
  8. Create a more authentic look by adding war paint, loc accessories, and colored twine to embrace your inner Viking warrior. 

VIKING BRAID VIDEO TUTORIAL

In this video we see TheSalonGuy create a Ragnar braids Viking hairstyle. 

WHAT ARE VIKING BRAIDS?

Viking braids are a Nordic Viking hairstyle that involves braiding the hair on the top section of your noggin. These hairs are usually fishtailed or french braided flat. The hair on the sides of your head can optionally be shaved, flat braided, or cornrow twisted. All the hair braids are customarily combined into a low-lying ponytail near the Occipital (Rear of the scalp.)

Check out some of these examples to better understand some Viking braid hairstyle ideas. 

Now it’s time to learn a little history of how these Viking styles came to be.

RECENT HISTORY OF VIKING BRAIDS

When looking for the origin of the Viking braided hairstyle, look no further than 1200 years ago. There is a lot of evidence of these styles during the Viking Age, which lasted from 793–1066 AD

Before we dive in:

Vikings is a term used to describe North Germanic peoples, commonly called Scandinavians, Nordic peoples, and in a medieval context Norsemen, or Germanic ethnolinguistic group of the Nordic countries. 

During the Viking age, many warriors and soldiers who helped conquer European territories did so while donning a Viking braided updo. 

These military-styled hairdos were likely an adaptation of common and popular braided styles local to the same regions. 

Now skip ahead almost 1000 years, and we get to the present day where the trendy Viking style recently grew popularity thanks to two Viking series. 

Info graphic displaying imbd info about the vikings series that popularized the viking braids hairstyle.

The first series was The Vikings that aired on March 3, 2013, in Canada. The series displayed many Viking hairstyles, but most commonly, the characters were seen wearing Viking braids. The series was said to be inspired by the sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok. Ragnar was a legendary Norse Viking who ruled during the Viking age. 

Info graphic of the game of thrones series that helped in the rise of popularity of the viking braided hairstyle.

The second series was The Game of Thrones that aired on April 17, 2011, in the United States. The shows are based on the mythical continent of Westeros, where several powerful families fight for control of the Seven Kingdoms.

Now just because you watched the show doesn’t mean you are ready to rock the badass style. First, you need to understand the meaning of the Viking braids. 

THE BENEFITS AND MEANING OF VIKING BRAIDS

Viking braids represented so much more than just a fashionable headpiece. The high and tight braid style allowed many Nordic warriors, gladiators, and shield maidens to navigate battle successfully with expert versatility. 

The Vikings look made it easy to don and remove headgear and chest plate armor without snagging on one’s natural hair. The restrained hair also was kept weft away from distracting any of the soldier’s vision. 

These hair benefits gave the Vikings an advantage to conquer all the nordic territories.

Very neat and sleek cornrow braids on side of the head in viking braided hairstyle.

Once you understand how to create these beautiful looks, you will need to maintain the style properly!

MAINTAINING ALL TYPES OF VIKING BRAIDS

A Viking braid hairstyle is a low-maintenance hairstyle. We recommend you wash your hair at least once a week with a residue-free shampoo. Once the hair has been cleaned with a safe detergent, use a conditioner to help lock in moisture in all your braids. If you start to notice many dry areas that are developing frizz and breakage, use some leave-in conditioner to help revitalize those tresses. 

Make sure to consistently check each strand braid individually to deliver proactive hair care. The Viking styling can last for up to 8 weeks comfortably. We don’t recommend keeping the style longer than ten weeks without adequately cleaning and clarifying the single braids. Long hair lengths should clarify once a month to be safe, primarily if you use products like hairspray or gels in your Viking hair. 

VIKING MOHAWK VS VIKING BRAIDS

At first glance, both of these styles share a lot of similarities. With some help from our expert hairstylist, we will break down the key differences between these beautiful braid hairstyles.

  • Viking braids typically use braids on the top section of the head. 
  • Viking braids are meant to be more distressed and made with thick long hair. 
  • Braided mohawks use very tight, sharp braids with an immaculate section of hair. 
  • Braided mohawks are typically made with a pompadour top.
  • Both styles can incorporate very high and tight side braids.

FAQ

DO VIKING BRAIDS LOOK GOOD WITH SHORT HAIR?

Yes, Viking braids require medium hair lengths to complete the look. Shorter hair can be lengthened with the addition of knotless braids or crochet braids. 

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER VIKING HAIRSTYLES THAT ARE SIMILAR TO VIKING BRAIDS?

Some other popular styles worn by Vikings include the Lagertha look, Ragnar Lothbrok hairstylethe Undercut Viking Braid, and the Bjorn Ironside haircut.

CAN I MAKE A VIKING BRAID WITH A FISHTAIL BRAID OR A FRENCH BRAID DOWN THE CENTER?

Using a fishtail braid or french braid is a common way of creating the popular hairstyle. Combine both of these techniques to help make long braids with thick hair along your hairline.

SHOULD I SHOWER BEFORE CREATING A VIKING BRAID?

Experts would say yes; you should shower before creating a Viking hairstyle and use a dry shampoo or texturing hair spray to give your hair strands the desired texture. On the other hand, skipping the shower will also give you a more realistic and natural-looking hair texture. 

WHAT ARE VIKING COLORS THAT WILL MATCH MY VIKING BRAIDS?

The Vikings were known to use colors like yellow, red, purple, and blue. Paring with tones that match your hair and skin tone will also help in the designing of your personal look!

CONCLUSION

Creating a Viking braid hairstyle is a great idea when you want to feel like a warrior and look stylish. We hope you learned a lot about Viking braids, their history, and how to create them. Don’t forget to submit your name and email below to sign up for our monthly article posts, as well as anything new we would like to share with you!

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