Game of Thrones Hair Secrets

Game of Thrones Hair Secrets

he next season of Game of Thrones is just around the corner and we thought it would be fun to share some of the highly successful characters' hair secrets! The perfect coifs, delicate colours and gentle waves of the hairstyles worn on the series have all been carefully crafted to fully bring George.R.Martin’s highly involved characters to life! Love the hair-do’s on Game of Thrones? Comment below with your favourite and we’ll do a video tutorial of the most popular!

1. Cersei Lannister is known for her long honey gold waves - and they’re not real! Lena Headly who plays Cersei, dons a 24 inch human-hair wig each day. The hair is made from 100% Virgin Human Hair and the wig makers sourced untouched strands of various blonde hairs to create the natural look of the wig. The biggest shock - the wigs cost upwards of $7000 (R84 000) each!

Lena Headly wears a wig made of 100% human hair.

2. The Mother of Dragons, Daenyers Targaryen, is another character who’s hair is very much part of her trademark look. Her hair has been a key factor in not only capturing the Targaryen look, but it has also been an indicator of her personal journey. Her hair went from a very girly look, to the powerful Dothraki braids, and is now more loose, but highly detailed and change with each power move she makes. So how has Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenyers survived the changes to her hair? Well, just like Cersei, her real hair is hidden under a wig. But unlike Lena Headly, Emilia’s hair is long and dark - so it needs to braided and hidden under a bald cap before her wig is placed and styled. The process takes 2 hours daily!

Emilia Clarke's hair change takes 2 hours daily!

3. Little Sansa Stark is often compared to her mother, and both are known for their Tully beauty and colouring - in the form of their long, flowing Auburn hair. However, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa happens to have naturally baby blonde hair herself, so her hair was dyed to get it to the colour in the show. However, as she was only 13 when they started shooting, the head stylist did not want to use peroxide on her hair. Instead he used a mix of four water colours to get it to the right colour. As the dye wasn’t permanent her hair needed to be retouched every 2 weeks.

Sophie Turner has her hair dyed every 2 weeks.

4. Younger sister to Sansa, Arya Stark, took after her father in colouring and has the dark brown look of the Starks. This suited Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, just fine. While she may have opted to wear a wig when her hair gets hacked into a boy-cut, Maisie actually opted to chop off her locks for real. She would have happily let it happen for the scene - but it took six takes to get right and it was decided that it was easier to see the hair back onto the wig than back onto Maisie’s own head!

Maisie Williams decided to chop off her locks for the role.

5. Of course we have to mention the gorgeous flowing locks of Margaery Tyrell. The Highgarden beauty, accentuates her looks with revealing gowns and artfully styled hair. But that’s not the only role her hair seems to play. She starts her time in King’s Landing with a simple pulled backed braid style, but as she gets closer to being queen the half up-do becomes more and more crown-like; culminating in a full crown-style updo on her wedding day. Just like the other Queens of Westeros, Margaery’s hair is a wig - and a good thing too! The intricate styles that she eventually wears required up-to 6 hours each to create!

The wedding wig worn by Natalie Dormer took six hours to style!

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