Creating Viking braids is a great way to convey a bold spirit. This intricate and glamorous hairstyle exudes power and elegance. So how to style a Viking braid? Read on and follow these step-by-step instructions to master the art of styling Viking braids.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you embark on your Viking braid journey, ensure you have all the necessary tools at your fingertips:
- Hairbrush and Comb: Begin by detangling your hair to ensure a smooth and even braid.
- Hair Ties: You'll need these to secure various sections of your hair throughout the braiding process.
- Hair ties
- Texturizing Spray (Optional): If your hair tends to be slippery and you want to enhance its grip for braiding, a texturizing spray can be helpful.
- Bobby Pins (Optional): These can assist in securing loose strands or adding extra flair to your finished braid.
Step 2: Prepare Your Hair
Brush your hair thoroughly to eliminate any knots or tangles. If you're dealing with exceptionally silky hair and want to enhance its hold, consider using a texturizing spray. This will grant your hair the necessary texture to make braiding easier and more durable.
Step 3: Section Your Hair
Divide hair into three sections: left, right, and middle. The center section should be the widest, with the left and right sections smaller and roughly equal in size. Clip the parted hair individually using claw clips or any convenient bobby pins out of the way. For the sides of the hair, you will need to part the hair on the sides of the head. You will make 2 braids on each side of the head. First, gather all the hair on one side of the head, starting at the hairline. Then, create a section extending back from the hairline, dividing the side hair evenly into the top and bottom. Clip the top hair so you can work on the bottom hair first. Do the same on the other side.
When you're done, your hair will have a total of five sections: a top section and two sections on each side.
4. Initiate the Braid
Braid the hair on both sides first, choose one side to start with, and make the rope braid first. There are two sections of hair on each side, choose one to rope braid first, if you want the end result to cling to your head like a cornrow, so make sure you pull the hair taut as you work. Secure with a sheer elastic at the earlobe, then finish the section with the back half of the hair in a traditional 3-strand braid, braiding to the ends and securing with a sheer elastic. Then do the exact same process with the other three sections of hair on the sides, and you end up with four side braids.
For the hair on top of the head use a French braid method of braiding. If you have shorter hair, you can wear the top braid into a small bun. You can end your braid where you like, and the length of the braid is up to you, either at the end or about halfway down the braid, securing it with a clear headband.
Step 5: Create the "Pancaked" Effect
To achieve the signature voluminous and textured appearance of a Viking braid, gently pull apart the sections of the braid. This "pancaking" technique adds volume and dimension, transforming your braid into a masterpiece.
Step 6: Make the Ponytail
Gather all the hair (including the braided part) together and tie it into a ponytail, the height of the ponytail depends on the length of the braid braid on your top hair, then secure the ponytail in place with a hair tie. Next, take a short section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the headband, using bobby pins to secure the wrapped section. Not only does this hide the headband, but it also adds a touch of elegance to the overall style. Of course, you can also design other styles besides ponytails.
Step 7: Set the Look with Hairspray
To ensure that your Viking braid remains impeccable throughout the day, spritz a light layer of hairspray. This will help tame any flyaways and maintain the integrity of your meticulously crafted braid.
Step 8:Elevate with Accessories
For an even more authentic and captivating Viking look, consider adorning your braid with various hair accessories. Metal or leather bands, beads, or even small braids can be artfully integrated into your Viking braid to add an extra layer of authenticity and individuality.
Designing Viking braids takes practice, patience, and dedication. As you perfect your technique, you'll be able to tailor braids to your unique preferences and hair texture. For striking, one-of-a-kind hairstyles, Viking braids are a remarkable way to express a strong personality. So unleash your inner warrior and let Viking braids transform you into a force to be reckoned with.