Fearsome warriors, the Vikings not only impressed the world with their beards, but also with their very atypical hairstyles. Their look, further promoted by the television series Viking, has become a real source of inspiration for lovers of Nordic culture.
Throughout this mini-dossier, we will examine the origins of the Viking braid and describe the process of making this braid, without necessarily being a pro of Viking hairstyles.
The Viking braid: its origins
The braid is the oldest hairstyle ever recorded in the world. The very first appearances date back to prehistoric times. We see it on the head of two statuettes, namely that of the Venus of Willendorf and that of the Lady of Brassempouy, statuettes which date from 22,000 years before Jesus and which are recognized as being part of the oldest realistic representations of a human face.
From any point of view, hair braiding is a practice specific to the black community. Although the history around this practice is dotted with innovations and adaptations, hair braiding has African origins. In ancient Egypt, we see on the head of Cleopatra, braids associated with jewelry , gold threads, oil or extensions. The braids therefore take on a symbolic aspect since they appear as a heritage transmitted from one generation to another and from one era to another.
That said, we must distinguish the Viking braid from the Viking braid. The braid has a pattern glued to the scalp and which runs through it by drawing paths or making geometric lines. The mat, on the other hand, consists only of interlacings left hanging from the scalp.
Braid and identity: what relationship?
It should be understood that the braids were indicators of social rank, the most affluent offering themselves very elaborate and refined styles with accessories of great value. Obviously, the braids are not only used to adorn the heads of women. They are also part of the catalog of Viking hairstyles for men. Depending on their status, the Vikings offered themselves various styles of braids such as:
- The bun-braids;
- The braid on the side of the head for more discretion;
- The viking braids negezdik;
In modern times, the Viking braid has become a true symbol, a strong representation or if you prefer an element of cultural identification. The very popular Viking series having given viewers a taste for Viking culture, the Viking hairstyle for men and women is currently trendy. It now comes in various variations and sometimes even the styles intertwine with the French, Viking and Afro man or woman braid. That said, how is this braid made? All the details in the following.
How to do the Viking braid?
Want to make a Viking braid? Here is the process described step by step. We targeted a classic Viking style . You can, using your genius and inspired by the description that we will give you, create other personalized styles.
The hair preparation phase
To achieve a Viking braid, you must have a certain length of hair. You will also need to provide an oil or cream to apply to your hair to soften it . Also plan a comb to detangle and to crimp your hair and rubber bands and crocodile clips to fix your braids as soon as you are finished.
You can wash your hair three to four days before you start. But remember that the hairstyle should have a somewhat rustic look . The braids will therefore not be perfectly straightened. For those with thin, straight or recently washed hair, apply dry shampoo or texturizing spray to your hair by running your hands through it.
The hair separation phase in section
After you have added texture to your hair in this way, the next step will be to part and find a way to hold your hair in sections starting with the section at the top of your head and then separating the two side sections.
On each side of your head, gather your hair into two sections. Taking your hair from the scalp , make a horizontal parting from the temple to the back, so that on each side of your head there is an upper section and a lower section. In all, there will therefore be 4 side sections and 1 section at the top of your head that you will hold with clips or with rubber bands.
The phase of making side braids
Leaving the section at the top of your head, choose a side section that you will separate into two strands and twist them around each other, keeping them taut to make a twisted braid. Make sure to always incorporate more hair from your head each time you wrap one section around another. The goal is to get a plaited braid against your head.
From a moment, the twisted braid will pass behind your ear. At this level, you must change your style. Go from a two-strand braid to a three-strand braid. So divide the batch of hair between your hands into three strands. Braid the three all the way down, ignoring the unevenness created by the transition, since the Viking braid needs to look rustic and somewhat wild to be perfect. As soon as you're done, tie the end of your hair with a transparent elastic and try backcombing it to create a volume effect and to hide the elastic.
Apply the same process to the other side sections. As soon as you are done with it, there will be two braids on each side of your head. You have the option of giving them a serpentine pattern. All you have to do, after having removed the elastic, is to hold the central wick and slide the two wicks upwards. Then pull it down slowly, without worrying if your hair is a little frizzy. You will see a nice ripple forming there. It is essential. Finally, put the elastic back on. That will be all for this step.
The phase of making the braid from the top of the head
After the side sections, move on to the top section. Untie it and untangle it with your fingers. Then try to make an African braid starting from the front and taking and incorporating more hair from your head each time. Don't worry if you get an imperfect braid.
You can stop where you want, in the middle of your head or completely down, as long as the part located on the top of your head is well braided. Then tie the braid with a transparent elastic. For those who don't have long hair, finish with a small bun.
As you did for the side sections, backcomb the unbraided ends of your center braid using a comb. For those who prefer the disheveled look as seen in the Viking series, loosen or tousle the braid a bit.
The finishing phase
Once you are done with all 5 braids, you should spray hairspray all over the hairstyle to allow it to stay in place all day without you having to struggle with strands every time. rebels or to correct imperfections. Feel free to go with a comb and clear rubber bands every time. This will allow you to adjust which of your braids will come undone.
However, once again, we remind you that the Viking braid is meant to have a messy look. So don't bother trying to make sure all the strands stay in place.