But these hairstyles aren’t just for fancy dress. In fact, they can also provide for the perfect hair inspiration for weddings, parties and actually, even just for everyday, because we think we could all benefit from a few more braids in our lives.
Read on to find out how you can give these medieval hairstyles a modern twist, while still giving off just the right amount of Khaleesi vibes.
Medieval hairstyles are having a moment: Here's 14 looks to help you get inspired
1. Braided half updo
Half worn for practical reasons and half for style purposes, if there’s one hairstyle medieval women are most famously associated with it’s the half-up half-down.
Ususally worn braided, twisted or knotted, the detail that went into Medieval hairstyles was seriously impressive. Credit: @flairbyrebeccacrosland
Editor’s tip: Medieval hairstyles were dominated by braids, so the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm is a must-try if you’re into your braids. Giving fine, soft hair more structure to make it easier to plait, it’ll make all the difference.
2. Half-braided ponytail
3. Oversized side braid
Thanks to Game of Throne‘s Daenerys Targaryen, these statement-making braids are all any of us are dreaming of.
Editor’s tip: For more voluminous braids, we’d recommend the VO5 Instant Volume Powder. It instantly boosts hair at the roots and gives your lengths more grip and texture to hold on to.
4. Braids on braids
Rather than just having one single braid, what made so many Medieval hairstyles look so complex is that they were made up of multiple different braids.
Medieval women would combine different braiding methods within one look, e.g. Dutch and fishtail, or they’d repeat rows of braids like this Instagrammer has here for a super impressive look. Credit: @natysoaresmakeup
5. Flower crowns
Oh flower crown… how we long to wear thee! If you’ve ever watched Vikings you’ll know that any good Nordic wedding must have a flower crown or two – especially if you’re the one getting hitched.
Medieval hairstyles don’t get much prettier than a crown made with fresh wild flowers, teamed with relaxed, tousled waves. You’ll look like you walked straight out of a fairytale! Credit: @bridesbykellyanne_co
6. Rolled updo
If you’re after something rather more elegant, look back to medieval hairstyles for the ultimate in romantic hair styling. A regular red carpet hairstyle even today, this stunning rolled and braided look is both elegant and interesting. Credit: @medieval_fashion
Editor’s tip: We love the TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray for keeping our Medieval looks in place from dawn ’til dusk. It’s fast-drying to give locks hold and shine, not to mention it protects your tresses from frizz and flyaways, too.
7. Pink braids
Bright colourful hair might not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think of medieval hairstyles, but if you want to bring this historic trend fresh into the 21st century, you can’t beat a head-turning hue.
8. Twisted braids
Before you think about creating your medieval hairstyles, do some research and gather images for inspiration. And if you aren’t already a Game of Thrones fan (um, why not?) catch up now. Trust us, drama aside, it’s worth it for the hairstyles alone! Credit: @lisiiii18
9. Knotted braids
Braids make up a lot of medieval hairstyles, but that doesn’t mean you need to be a pro braider to channel your inner Viking princess. Crossing over two basic 3-strand braids creates an easy half-updo and you can crimp the rest of your hair for added texture. Credit: @sj_hair
10. Rapunzel lengths
Medieval ladies weren’t in the business of cutting their tresses, so Rapunzel-like hair is a signature look for these bygone ‘dos.
But don’t give up hope just yet if you’re currently rocking a shorter cut. If you’re lacking in the length department, try clip-in extensions to help create the illusion of flowing lengths. Credit: @wishingwhimsy
Editor’s tip: Keep your ends looking smooth and frizz-free by applying a little TIGI S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum. This nifty bottle of goodness also protects against environmental and heat damage, plus restores moisture and shine for healthy-looking locks.
11. Milkmaid braid
Milkmaid braids were one of the biggest hairstyle trends during the Medieval period. Loved for practical and aesthetic reasons, they’re surprisingly easy to do which made them popular with all ages. Credit: @medievalbraids
12. Headband details
Headbands were a key accessory in medieval hairstyles – particularly for wealthier women who could afford to go all out.
13. Floral arrangements
You wore them for festivals and now it’s time to get yourself into the garden once more to pick yourself some daisies for your medieval hairstyles! We love this super elegant look that’s just perfect for a wedding.
Create multiple braids (we told you they feature a lot!), then wrap them on top of one another to create a messy low bun and secure with bobby pins. Add in your flowers and you’ll look like a true maiden! Credit: @to.be.hair_makeup
14. Twisted half-updo
For the everyday Medieval gal, this ‘do is what you’re looking for. Blowdry your locks straight and smooth, then twist a small section of hair at either side of your central parting.
Once both sides are completely twisted, join the two twists together at the back of your head and secure. This is an easy way to add in a touch of Medieval style for everyday. Credit: @winoforever86