As a hairstylist with years of experience under my belt, I’ve had the pleasure of weaving countless strands into the majestic Viking braid. This hairstyle, rich in history and bursting with character, is more than just a fashion statement—it’s a celebration of strength and individuality.
Viking braids are characterized by their intricate patterns and unique style. They are usually created by weaving hair in a pattern that resembles a braid. The braids can be simple or complex, depending on the desired look. Viking braids are often worn by women who want to make a statement with their hair and show off their individuality.
Fun Fact: Did you know Viking warriors braided their hair before battle as a practical solution to keep hair out of their faces and away from their weapons?
Exploring the World of Viking Braids
Personal Insights and Styling Techniques
As a stylist, I’ve experimented with numerous Viking braid styles, each with its own charm and complexity. Here are some of my favorites:
- French Braid: A classic, starting from the crown and moving towards the nape, perfect for an intricate look.
- Fishtail Braid: Casual yet elegant, ideal for a relaxed vibe.
- Rope Braid: Simple, yet stunning, great for an understated style.
- Snake Braid: Dramatic and attention-grabbing, mimicking the curves of a serpent.
- Ponytail Braid: A casual twist to the traditional ponytail.
- Halo Braid: A romantic style circling the crown of the head.
- 3-Strand Braid: Timeless and traditional, easy yet beautiful.
- Lace Braids: Small sections woven into a larger braid for a detailed look.
- Bubble Braid: Playful and whimsical, creating a bubbly effect.
- Feed-In Braids: For a more dramatic and voluminous appearance.
- Woven Braids: Intricate and detailed, perfect for those who love complexity.
- Detailed Braids: Ornate and elegant, each braid a work of art.
Pro Tip: To add volume to Viking braids, especially for shorter hair, I often use texturizing spray or backcombing techniques. This gives the braids a fuller, more dramatic look.
Styling and Maintenance: Ensuring Your Viking Braids Look Their Best
Texture and Volume: Even if your hair is short, you can still rock Viking braids. I often use texturizing spray to add body and volume, making the braids more pronounced and bold.
Maintenance: Keeping Viking braids in top condition is essential. Regular washing with gentle products and moisturizing with hair oils or leave-in conditioners helps maintain their beauty.
Accessorizing Your Viking Braids
Viking braids offer a canvas for creativity. Here are some accessories I love to use:
- Hair Rings and Cuffs: Metal accents to add a hint of shine and texture.
- Hairpins and Clips: Perfect for securing braids with a touch of Viking-inspired designs.
- Embellishments: Beads, feathers, and leather accents can add a unique flair to your braids.
In the world of hairstyling, Viking braids hold a special place. They are not just a hairstyle but a tribute to a rich historical era. Each braid I create is a nod to the past, a blend of tradition and modern style. Whether it’s for a special event or just a change of pace, Viking braids are a fantastic choice for anyone looking to make a statement with their hair.
#1 Ash-Blue Modern Viking Braid with Golden Accessories in a Voluminous Half-Up Style
This modern take on a Viking braid features an ash-blue hue and a mix of tight and loose braids adorned with golden accessories, cascading down the sides. The hair is styled into a voluminous half-up, half-down look with the top teased into a loose, messy bun, blending historical flair with contemporary chic. This hairstyle is perfect for a statement look that’s both stylish and practical.
#2 Sun-Kissed Multi-Tonal Blonde Viking Braid with Relaxed Side Weave
This hairstyle brings a soft, romantic spin to the Viking braid, blending the model's multi-tonal blonde shades that transition from deeper roots to lighter ends, creating a sun-kissed effect. The hair flows into a loose side braid that starts at the crown and weaves gently down, allowing some strands to fall freely for a relaxed and effortless look. This braid, with its gentle twists and turns, would be perfect for someone looking to add a playful yet elegant touch to their style, especially if they're fond of looks that are both functional and whimsical, suitable for a variety of occasions.
#3 Emerald Green Long Layered Hair with Tight Viking Braids and Beads
The hair bursts with a bold emerald green, cut in long, flowing layers that add dimension and movement. Styled into tight, small Viking-inspired braids along the side of the head, adorned with beads and rings, it creates a striking contrast with the loose waves on the other side, perfect for those ready to embrace a fierce and edgy look that's bound to turn heads.
#4 Deep Chocolate Brown Viking Braids with Natural Waves
This look captures a classic elegance with a deep chocolate brown hair color, woven into a series of intricate Viking braids that wrap around the crown. The hair is layered, with the braids adding texture and the rest of the hair flowing in natural waves, a versatile style that can take you from a day at the office to a night out, offering a hint of adventurous spirit with a polished finish.
#5 Viking-Inspired Dreadlocks and Braids with Bold Black and Vivid Purple Streaks
In this distinctive style, the hair is transformed into a tapestry of Viking-inspired dreadlocks and braids, with the dreadlocks adding a robust texture throughout. The boldness of the black hair is elevated with streaks of vivid purple, intertwining into the braids for a dynamic and spirited look, perfect for those drawn to a unique, expressive hairstyle that captures the essence of Viking strength and individuality.
#6 Contemporary Viking Chic: Geometric Cornrow Braids with Draped Loose Braid
This hairstyle is a true nod to Viking aesthetics with a sleek, contemporary edge; dark brown hair is meticulously parted and braided in tight, cornrow-style braids that run parallel, creating a striking geometric pattern on the scalp. The remaining hair is pulled into a thick, loose braid that drapes over one shoulder, combining the braided texture with smooth, flowing locks for a look that's both battle-ready and fashion-forward, ideal for someone seeking to blend historical inspiration with modern style.
#7 Espresso Brown Side Viking Braid
This hairstyle is a sleek, espresso brown pulled back into a side Viking braid, starting near the temple and working its way down in a tight, neat pattern. It's a versatile look that keeps hair tidy and away from the face, making it a practical yet stylish option for those who appreciate a touch of historical charm in their everyday look.
#8 Dark-Toned Viking Braid with Symmetrical Side Braids
This hairstyle is a textured vision with its rich, dark tones, featuring an elaborate central Viking braid flanked by smaller, symmetrically styled braids on either side. The rest of the hair cascades freely in natural waves, suggesting a layered cut that adds depth and volume, ideal for those who wish to combine the dramatic flair of Viking braids with the ease of loose, flowing hair.
#9 Honey-Blonde Viking Braids with Edgy Shaved Side and Bubbled Sections
This hairstyle is a stunning composition of honey-blonde strands masterfully sculpted into an array of Viking braids that play with texture and volume. The side of the head is shaved, bringing an edgy contrast to the meticulous braids that crest over the top like a wave, while the remaining hair is fashioned into bubbled sections, creating a visual feast that is both historical and fiercely modern, ideal for those looking to make a bold, artistic statement.
#10 Modern Viking Fusion: Side Undercut with Bold Dark Braid
This striking hairstyle marries the boldness of a side undercut with the traditional elegance of a thick, dark braid, offering a modern take on Viking-inspired hair art. The braid starts from the crown and flows down one side, culminating in a looped ponytail, making it a powerful style statement for someone who appreciates the juxtaposition of contemporary edginess with classical braiding techniques.
#11 Viking Cornrows with Bold Magenta Accents
The hair is expertly sectioned and braided into rows of tight, Viking-inspired cornrows that reveal a glimpse of scalp, giving it a contemporary yet timeless feel. Accents of bold magenta weaved into the braids add a pop of color, creating a playful contrast against the metallic base; this look is for someone with a daring sense of style, looking to combine traditional braiding with an audacious, modern twist.
#12 Fiery Dark Viking Braids with Burnt Orange Accents and Tousled Waves
This hair artistry features a rich, dark base color brought to life with selective braiding, where thick and thin plaits are intricately woven to create depth and contrast on the scalp. The braids are interlaced with subtle hints of burnt orange, adding a fiery dimension to the look, while the unbraided hair falls into natural, tousled waves, suggesting layers that give the overall style a sense of relaxed fullness. This is an adventurous choice for those looking to blend the rugged Viking braid style with a splash of contemporary color and texture.
#13 Modern Viking Warrior: Tight Braids, Top Knot, and Metal Rings
This style features a collection of tight, neat Viking braids along the side of the head, creating a contrast with the smooth, straight hair at the back. The light brown hair is pulled up into a casual top knot, with metal rings embellishing the braids, offering a modern-day warrior look that's both edgy and functional.
#14 Vibrant Viking Braids with Shades of Purple and Golden Charms
This hairstyle is a vibrant tapestry of braids, where deep natural tones are interwoven with striking shades of purple, creating a bold statement. The braids are adorned with delicate golden charms, adding a touch of whimsy to the tight, cornrowed pattern that crowns the head, while a thick plait cascades down one side, showcasing an intricate blend of colors and textures suitable for anyone wanting to combine Viking-inspired braiding with a splash of contemporary style and personality.
#15 Electric Pink Viking Braids with Silver Bands and Face-Framing Style
This playful and eye-catching style features electric pink Viking braids that make a bold statement, with the vivid color standing out against the natural base. The braids are sectioned with silver bands, adding a fun, decorative element, and the front is styled away from the face, allowing the bright hues to frame it beautifullyâ€”a perfect look for someone who loves to express their personality through vibrant colors and intricate braiding.
#16 Sun-Kissed Golden Blonde Viking Braids with Intricate Design
This hairstyle exudes a sun-kissed, adventurous spirit with its golden blonde hues crafted into an array of Viking braids that merge into a singular, substantial plait. The braids are intricately designed, some lying flat against the head and others raised for texture, all swept back from the face to emphasize the model's features, perfect for those drawn to a look that's both functional and full of character.
#17 Luxurious Viking Braids: Chestnut and Golden Streaks with Purple Highlights
This hairstyle is a luxurious mix of chestnut and golden streaks, enriched with purple tinsel highlights, braided into a series of intricate Viking plaits that add texture and dimension. The braids vary in size, creating a layered effect that cascades down the back, culminating in a thick, twisted braid, perfect for someone seeking a festive yet sophisticated style that draws on historical inspiration with a modern, glittering twist.
#18 Soft Blonde French Viking Braid with Classic Plait
This hairstyle showcases a dynamic fusion of soft blonde tones, expertly braided into a French Viking braid that begins at the crown and flows down into a classic plait. The braid is thick and prominent, seamlessly integrating strands of various shades to create a rich, dimensional look, ideal for someone seeking a blend of traditional braiding and contemporary styling that makes a statement.
#19 Edgy Pastel Pink Viking Braid with Shaved Side and Rings
This hairstyle is a creative blend of edgy and traditional, featuring a closely shaved side that contrasts with a thick, pastel pink Viking braid sweeping across the head. The braid itself is a mix of tight and loose weaves, showcasing a playful yet bold look, ideal for anyone looking to combine a modern undercut with the intricate beauty of classic braiding.
#20 Luxurious Brunette Half-Up, Half-Down with Central Viking Braid and Golden Charms
This hairstyle exudes a luxurious feel with its rich brunette tones, subtly highlighted with warm chestnut hues, and styled into a full-bodied half-up, half-down look. The hair features a central Viking braid accented with golden charms, adding a touch of elegance, while the soft waves create volume and movement, perfect for someone seeking a romantic yet bold hairstyle that marries traditional braiding with modern sophistication.
#21 Symmetrical Viking Braids with Natural Brunette and Auburn Reflections
The hair is meticulously styled into two symmetrical Viking braids that begin at the crown and work their way down, showcasing the natural brunette color with hints of auburn reflections. Each braid is secured with a small band, and a charming floral accessory adds a feminine touch near the end of one braid, creating a harmonious blend of traditional elegance and playful charm, perfect for someone looking for a hairstyle that is both classic and adorned.
#22 Timeless Honey-Blonde Mohawk Style Viking Braids with Natural Texture
Here we see a warm, honey-blonde hair color brought to life with dual Viking braids that start at the head's crown and extend down, tied off neatly above the shoulders. The braids, thick and uniform, showcase the hair's natural texture and the subtle variances in shade, providing a timeless, yet down-to-earth style suitable for those seeking a practical yet elegant hairstyle.
#23 Striking Platinum Blonde Viking Braids
This hairstyle features a striking Viking braid that starts at the front and wraps around the head, showcasing a striking blonde tone that transitions into a lighter, almost platinum hue towards the ends. The braid is thick and prominent, seamlessly blending into the loose, free-flowing hair, making for a dynamic and bold look that's rooted in tradition yet perfect for modern-day wear.
#24 Auburn Viking Braids and Loose Waves in Relaxed Half-Up Updo
In this hairstyle, rich auburn locks are crafted into an array of small, tight Viking braids on one side, contrasting beautifully with the loose waves on the other, creating a half-braided, half-free flowing look. The braids are skillfully worked from the temple, tapering towards the back where they are gathered into a casual, tousled updo, allowing strands to fall softly for a relaxed yet structured style. This look is perfect for those seeking to blend the boldness of Viking braids with the soft femininity of wavy tresses.
#25 Dramatic Contrast: Deep Brown and Blonde Viking Braids with Loose Waves
This hairstyle presents a dramatic contrast with its deep brown and blonde highlights, featuring a combination of tight Viking braids on one side that add an edgy twist to the look. The braids start from the hairline and are weaved back into a large, looping braid that crowns the head, while the rest of the hair is left in loose, flowing waves, creating a beautiful mix of textures and colors. This style is perfect for someone who loves a bold, asymmetric look with a blend of braided sophistication and carefree waves.