Game of Thrones has been a hot topic for all of us since 2011. As of this writing, the mega hit HBO series has earned six Emmys for outstanding visual effects. Thrones is most certainly a visually stunning show, as evidenced by massive fire-breathing dragons, decaying Wights, and even purposeful pitch black cinematography. Of course, without talented actors like Maisie Williams, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, and all the many others, fancy camerawork and CGI wouldn’t much matter.
These actors have gone above and beyond to stay true to their respective characters as described in author George R.R. Martin’s books — from Gwendoline Christie chopping off her beautiful long hair to play Brienne of Tarth to even Sophie Turner’s commitment to having Sansa Stark’s red hair, despite having to dye it multiple times per week. Thankfully, though, there is a way to pull off some of these character’s best looks without having to damage your hair to the point of no return. Here’s how.
Margaery’s delicate twists
Natalie Dormer’s character Margaery has some great hair. GoT hair designer Kevin Alexander explained some of the thought process behind her unique look. “What we did with Margaery that we hadn’t done with anyone else is we followed the line of the costume. We pulled so much more hair away, so it makes her more distinctive and different from everyone else,” Alexander told Fashionista.
As Margaery gained more power, the designer explained to Time, her hair became progressively intricate, culminating in a wedding hairdo that was “completely over the top.” Her wedding hair was cool, for sure, but it’s a lot easier to pull off one of her more subtle looks, like the delicate half-up, half-down twisted style.
Renowned hairstylist Zoë Irwin demonstrated how to get this “wearable” ‘do when speaking to Harper’s Bazaar. After blow-drying and curling your hair with a curling iron, comb out the curls. Then, take a section of hair from one side and twist it away from your face, securing strands in place with bobby pins. Next, twist the hair and coil it into a bun shape. Repeat these steps to make a secondary bun with hair from the other side, and set with hairspray.
Jon Snow’s bouncy ringlets
Jon Snow is hair goals for men and women. Kit Harrington, who portrays Snow, doesn’t even have to try to have such great hair. “Luckily, I don’t have to do much to it. I don’t particularly take care of it. I never wash it. It just does what it does,” he explained to Vulture. That said, GoT hair designer Kevin Alexander revealed in an interview with Fashionista that Harrington does have to dye his hair a bit darker for the role. Other than that, though, Alexander agrees that it doesn’t take much more than product to get those tight curls. He simply dampens Harrington’s hair and then adds in a mix of hair putty and wax while the hair is still wet, which keeps his ringlets frizz-free yet movable.
If you have naturally curly hair, you’ll have an easy time pulling off this style — and those of us who can’t will be jealous. Because, you know, we all want what we can’t have — including Harrington. Although the actor is blessed with near-perfect ringlets, he told Vulture, “If I didn’t have to have this, I’d have short hair.” You know nothing, Jon Snow.
Gilly’s meet-the-parents curls
When Samwell Tarly introduces Gilly to his family, the woman of the Free Folk was dressed to the nines. Well, as much as she could. Gilly borrowed a dress from Sam’s sister and fixed her hair for the occasion. Still, this prompted fans to tweet about her “Miss Congeniality” and “Pretty Woman” moment. While Hannah Murray’s Wildling character’s hair is usually messy and only slightly wavy, her special occasion curls were so good. We understand if you want to copy this look.
Thankfully, hairstylist Anthony Turner explained how in an interview with Allure. For loose waves like Gilly’s, the expert recommends working volumizing mousse into damp hair and then “loosely blow-drying.” Next, take your curling iron (he recommends Beachwaver Co.’s Beachwaver S1 rotating iron) and clamp down on your hair, starting at about one inch from the ends. Curling in big sections — about two inches wide — as opposed to small sections will give you these Gilly-like large, loose ringlets. Simply finish the look with hairspray, and you’re all set.
Leaf’s braided updo
It takes a lot of work to transform an actor into one of the Children of the Forest. Kae Alexander, who plays Leaf, explained in a behind-the-scenes interview for HBO, saying, “If I were to do a full-body prosthetic, I’ll get picked up at midnight and then I’ll be on set by 10 a.m.” With a laugh, she added, “I didn’t realize it was going to result to nine-and-a-half hours of makeup.” Although hair is an essential part of the look, coiffing the updos obviously doesn’t take nearly as long as the makeup. This is good news because we can easily steal the look.
To get an updo similar to Leaf’s, try stylist and braid expert Isabel Guillen’s braided crown creation. You’ll want to separate your hair into two low pigtails and braid (French or regular) each section. Use clear bands to secure the braids and then pull one braid across your head, pinning in place about an inch back from your hairline. Repeat on the opposite side and place the second braid behind the first one. If you really want to look like Leaf, you could add moss. But, uh, maybe don’t do that.
Brienne’s no-fuss pixie
Before Gwendoline Christie took on the role of Brienne of Tarth, she worked as a model and had stunning, long blonde hair. In addition to bulking up and learning how to swordfight, Christie also had to chop off her hair for the part.
“When they cut my hair off, the transformation was complete,” the actress revealed in an interview with SFX (via Hypable). The star admitted that she missed her long tresses and “sobbed for two hours” after the big chop. “It’s such a minor thing, but I think women tie up so much of their femininity in their hair,” she said. “I certainly did — being six foot three and having that gone and playing such an androgynous character, I felt I’d lost so much of the person I identified as me and who I knew.”
Although Christie may be mourning her long hair, she’s paved the way for women to embrace short, fuss-free locks — and she’s proved that short hair is not one-dimensional. “If you have long hair on top … you can sweep your hair to the side, part it in the middle, or even pull it back,” hairstylist Co Tran told Allure.
Ellaria’s tousled bob
When we were first introduced to Indira Varma’s character Ellaria Sand, she had long curly hair. As the series progressed, though, her character transformed and wound up with a tousled bob. Although both looks are great, we can’t help but stan this cropped cut.
If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, reproducing this look will be especially simple. Celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak told Coveteur her secrets to styling a curly bob — and these tips will no doubt get your hair to Ellaria level. First, the expert explained, you should wet your hair thoroughly with a misting spray bottle. Using curl cream, twist your hair into sections. Then, turn your blow dryer to its highest heat and lowest speed settings to dry the twists. Go back in with a curling iron to add more defined curls. Lastly, finish off your ‘do with some hairspray, being sure to lift your curls so every area gets locked in place.
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