Viking hair-spiration that’s taking the world by storm

Jeanette | 10 January 2018

Hairstyles worn by epic warriors? Count us in!


Even if you’re not a fan of the History Channel’s TV series Vikings, you’ll probably still have noticed the increase of men’s Scandi-inspired ‘dos around the web. And whether you love or loathe them, there’s no denying that the show has sparked everyone’s interest in Viking-worthy hairstyles!

So, if you’re binge watching season 5 or just want a new way to style your lengthy locks, the good news is: you can check out our favourite Vikings-inspired bro-styles, here!

Hairstyles that would make any Viking proud


front view of a man sitting on the beach with blonde hair in a man bun
Try out a classic man bun! Credit:

The classic man bun hairstyle

We couldn’t possibly put together a rundown of Vikings-inspired hairstyles without including the classic man bun. After all, nothing says Vikings like long hair tied into a high topknot! So when we spotted this updo, we knew it had to make our list! Credit: @itsdavisneilands

VO5 SurfStyle Paste

Editor’s tip: Keep your man bun ultra cool and casual by applying the VO5 Extreme Surf Style Paste to your lengthy locks. It’ll give your hair a beachy aesthetic with a touchable feel.

front view of a man with dark man braids and bun
Brush up on your braiding skills to re-create this look. Credit:

Dutch braid

Take a leaf out of character Björn Ironside‘s (Alexander Ludwig) book with this braided man bun. A little heads up: this hairstyle is probably one of the more trickier man bun ‘dos because of the Dutch braid on top.

But if you can manage to weave it, you’ll have a strong and bold look (much like Björn!).  Credit: @growupleo

side view of a man with blonde hair in a half up man bun hairstyle
Half-up bun is a cool Viking style to copy. Credit:

The half-up bun

What do you do when you’re bored of your classic man bun? Try your hand at the half-up bun (AKA the hun). It’s a favourite ‘do of character Rollo (Clive Standen) and works really well if you have lots of hair and want to show off the texture of your mane. Credit: @zphill_219

VO5 Dry Texture Spray

Editor’s tip: Don’t worry too much if you don’t have naturally thin hair, you just as easily get the look with the VO5 Extreme Style Casual Control Dry Texture Spray. Just blast your mane with the spray for instant texture and don’t stress about the finish: it’s matt and non-crunchy.

side view of a black and white picture of a man with a braid and bun
Team a side braid with a man bun. Credit:

Side braid

Like the idea of the Dutch braid, but don’t want to feature your plait prominently on the top of your head? Then meet the discreet, side braid version. This ‘do subtly moves the plait to the side for providing a playful, man bun refresh.

And remember: practice makes perfect, so don’t forget to rehearse your Dutch braiding technique before attempting to rock this discreet Viking plait. Credit: @veganindk

front view of a man with a beard and a man bun hairstyle undercut
Try out a man bun undercut and mini bun. Credit:

Beard with undercut

What do you do when you can’t choose between the man bun and an undercut? Just combine the two, of course!

This man bun undercut is inspired by the great king Ragnar Lothbrok (ex Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel) and a great option if you have thick hair. Why, you wonder? Because the undercut will literally cut your hair in half! Credit: @robingustavgillis

TIGI Bed Head Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade

Editor’s tip: Just apply a little styling pomade, like the TIGI Bed Head for Men Slick Trick Pomade, as this will help hold you bun in place, while simultaneously giving it a nice shine.

side view of a man with longer hair and a beard
Keep your locks neat but with length for a groomed Viking look. Credit:

Groomed Viking

We like to think of this as ‘date night’ Viking, as it’s rather more groomed and sleek compared to the other looks.

The idea here is to still convey a rugged appearance, albeit with a trimmed beard and combed hair. We’ll even allow you to use a hairdryer to achieve the same look – we won’t tell if you don’t! Credit: @jils_barbershop

Brock O'Hurn with long hair and braids
Make like one of the original Vikings with long tresses and braids. Credit:

Mini braids and long tresses

If you’ve got long hair, you can get Viking-worthy tresses simply by rocking the bed head look and throwing in a few mini braids for good measure. Just don’t go near a hairbrush!

This is one for the gents who really don’t like to style their hair. And the good news is, that once you’ve completed your braid, you’re done – no styling required here. Credit: @brockohurn

front view image of a man on a motorbike with long hair and a full beard
Go for long flowing locks teamed with a full beard. Credit:

Long flowing tresses

If you’re thinking about growing out your hair to lengthy proportions, then this could be the style for you. Once you’ve got the length, it really requires very little maintenance at all. Even teamed with a beard, you’re actively encouraged to look a little disheveled, when rocking a Viking inspired ‘do! Credit: @von_dutch_france

side view of Travis Fimmel with shaved head, braids and a beard filing Vikings
Want a style worthy of a Viking King? Then this is the style to go for:

Multi-braided ponytail

We can’t help but love young Ragnar‘s hairstyles the best. What he gave to the world of braiding, in terms of inspiration, is priceless in our books!

We’re not going to lie, this look requires a fair amount of skill and upkeep, but we think you’ll agree, the braids, shaved head and long ponytail are a fierce look. Credit: @fimmeltravis

front view of a man with red hair in a top knot with a full beard holding a puppy
Team a top know with a full beard for true Viking worthy status. Credit:

Top knot and full beard

It’s pretty hard to look tough when holding what could be the worlds most adorable puppy! Still, we’re loving this modern Vikings look and are swooning over the fact that his hair matches the hues of the pup’s fur… OMG!

Go for long tresses swept up high on top of your head and trim your beard into an angular shape. Credit: @tiborpusch.official

The ‘outcast’ of the family still has a great haircut! Credit:


When Ivar ditched the undercut and choppy top, he made his look a little more battle-ready with this twisted, cornrow-inspired look.

We like the height the twists give and how neat and sleek this look is. You can still rock a shaved undercut, but you’ll need length on top to recreate this look. Credit: @tiborpusch.official


Loved our Viking-inspired ‘dos but wondering, what exactly an undercut is? Then check out this article and get ready to know everything!


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