Inspired by the epic hairstyles Nordic warriors wore on the battlefield, Viking hairstyles are usually defined by their edgy, rugged appearance, and are surprisingly similar to many of the popular hairstyles you see today. From man buns to undercuts and messy beards, a lot of your preferred styles actually take after cool historic Viking haircuts.
Even if you’re not a fan of the History Channel’s TV series Vikings, you’ll have noticed these cuts around everywhere. If you want to unleash your inner Viking, just check out the best traditional and modern Viking hairstyles for men, below.
We couldn’t possibly put together a rundown of Viking hairstyles without including the man bun. After all, nothing says ‘ready for the battlefield’ like long hair tied into a high topknot. Credit: @itsdavisneilands
What do you do when you’re bored with your classic man bun? Try your hand at the half-up bun. 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.
Ponytail and Rugged Beard
If you’re looking for a long Viking hairstyle to pair with your rugged beard, this messy half-up ponytail is one of the best. It’ll keep your long hair off your face and let you get on with a day’s work, without needing any attention. Credit: @lasselom
Editor’s tip: Viking hairstyles are all about wild texture. If that’s something you don’t have naturally, you just need to invest in some of the TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray to give your locks a cool, messy feel.
Thor Inspired Hairstyle
Another popular Viking haircut we’ve been seeing everywhere is inspired by Chris Hemsworth’s character in Thor. This windswept look is good for men with medium-length hair and only requires you to sweep it back, to get the look. Credit: @lauraannewatson
Modern Viking Haircut
You don’t always have to have long hair to look like a Viking. With a daring undercut and messy quiff hairstyle, like Ragnar‘s from season 1, this short Viking haircut offers lots of stylish contrast.
This is also a great hairstyle for those with thin hair, as the texture on top gives the appearance of a fuller style.
Take a leaf out of character Björn Ironside‘s (Alexander Ludwig) book with this braided man bun. This hairstyle is probably one of the more trickier Viking hairstyles to do because of the Dutch braid on top. But if you can manage to do it, you’ll have a strong and bold look. Credit: @growupleo
Braid with Undercut
If you’ve got medium hair, a single braid will quickly take your look from plain to warrior-approved. The best thing about this look is that it works extremely well for warmer seasons when your top priority is keeping cool — and looking it. Credit: @johnathan.blanc
Braid with Fade
If you don’t fancy shaving your hair, you can still rock a Viking braid with a fade. This Viking haircut is especially useful for guys with thick hair who want a rugged, low-maintenance hairstyle. Credit: @khal.zain
Beard with Undercut
Professional Viking Hair
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 blow dryer to achieve this professional look – we won’t tell if you don’t. Credit: @jils_barbershop
Brushed Back Hair
Looking for more Viking hairstyles that’ll work for the office? Consider this modern pompadour, which we saw Ivar from Vikings sporting on the battlefield.
Editor’s tip: The key to creating this Viking haircut? The VO5 Lifting Paste is great for sky-high styles, as it’s able to provide your hair with the hold it needs.
Braids with Long Hair
If you’ve got long hair, you can get Viking-worthy hair simply by rocking the bed head look and throwing in a few mini braids for good measure.
This is one is good for those who really don’t have time to spend ages on their hair. And the good news is, that once you’ve completed your braid, you’re done – no touch-ups required here. Credit: @brockohurn
Super Long Viking Hair
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 dishevelled when rocking a Viking inspired ‘do. Credit: @von_dutch_france
Long Braided Mohawk Pony
We can’t help but mention young Ragnar‘s Viking hairstyles as he always shows how masculine and cool braids are.
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 mohawk ponytail are a bold look.
Shaved Side Viking Haircut
Shaving one side of your hair is another way you can unleash your inner warrior. This edgy, rugged look is a stylish way to liven up long or medium hair. Credit: @johnathan.blanc
Modern Viking 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.
Go for long tresses swept up high on top of your head and trim your beard into an angular shape. Credit: @tiborpusch.official
Polished Viking Haircut
Cornrows with Undercut
When Ivar ditched the undercut and choppy top, he made his look a little more battle-ready with this twisted, cornrow-inspired hairstyle. You can still rock a shaved undercut, but you’ll need length on top to recreate this look.
Bald Viking Hair
If you haven’t got any hair but a cool, full beard, from seeing these looks you’ll know that beards are essential to Viking hairstyles. So, the best thing you can do is keep it looking on-point. Credit: @baldcafe
Editor’s tip: It’s important to keep your beard looking sharp with moisturising products, and in our books, the TONI&GUY Nourishing Premium Beard Oil is all you need to help keep your beard smooth and hydrated.
Why have just one braid when you could have multiple? Try combining different sizes and thicknesses of braids and twists for warrior-worthy results. Credit: @midnightsociety570
Braided Curly Ponytail Updo
If you’re looking for a more formal-worthy way to channel the Viking look, look no further than this braided pony. With neat braids and curly lengths, it’s all you need to take your long hair to the next level. Credit: @volrsalon
For times when you’re in need of a hairstyle that will stay put and won’t budge, this easy French braided hairstyle is a great choice. Credit: @draco_flame
Hipster Man Bun
Low Man Bun
Silver Nordic Blonde
Thinking of trying out a new hair colour? This platinum silver hue is giving us all the Scandi vibes and it’s sure to make any Viking hairstyle look even more icy-cool. Credit: @doppelgangerhair
Give Ragnar a run for his money with these impressive multicoloured dreadlocks. Credit: @atelierdefrigg