Braids with Attitude – Viking style hair trend

Lagatha the Viking Queen Hairstyle

A trend I’ve seen everywhere for the past few years is Viking style braids or plaits. I adore the Vikings TV show and recently discovered that I am descended from Viking royalty (over a thousand years ago but it’s there. I also love historical drama: the costumes, hair, makeup, sets the list goes on. As a child I used to visit my wardrobe mistress mum’s work where it was floor to ceiling costumes, so suffice to say I have always enjoyed all aspects of theatre.

This post, however, is focusing on the humble braid/plait which has been around since the year dot, and more specifically the Viking braid. These shield maidens, badass warriors, wore the most intricate styles, and I am sure there are mystical reasons for it.

Blonde colour was considered the go, so women even then used to bleach their hair, with lye soap causing the hair to a light strawberry blonde.

Below are a few examples of the humble braid being done with extraordinary care and creativity.

The perfectly messy braid
The perfectly messy braid

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Shield Maiden Viking Hair do
Shield Maiden Viking Hair 
Examples of creative braids
Examples of creative braids via Pinterest
Agatha claiming her rightful place in the throne to rule
Agatha claiming her rightful place in the throne to rule
Lagatha - Viking Shield Maiden in braids
Lagatha – Viking Shield Maiden in braids
Lagatha - Viking Shield Maiden
Lagatha – Viking Shield Maiden in braids
Warrior Viking Women in braids
Warrior Viking Women in braids
Warrier Viking Women in braids
Warrier Viking Women
Warrior Viking Women
Warrior Viking Women

Sources: Pinterest.com, Instagram.com, Google Images. If you see a photo you know and would like to me credit you, please email me.

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