khaleesi rope braid

I am a big fan of Games of Thrones, and in celebration of everyone's favorite queen, I wanted to share this beautiful hairstyle inspired by Daenerys Targaryan! She always has amazing hairstyles, but this one works especially well for wavy and curly hair. No complicated fishtail braids or twists here, so even absolute beginners in braiding can rejoice. 

What You'll Need

I started with freshly washed hair. I am currently obsessed with the  new line from Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni and Monoi Smooth and Repair. I can be always sure I will have shiny and frizz free hair whenever I use the Shampoo and the Conditioner. I also used a small amount of DevaCare Arc AnGEL for curl definition. The tools you'll need are a duckbill clip and elastic hair bands.


Step 1: Air Dry Waves

I let my hair dry naturally and when it was dry I slept with a high bun to stretch out the curls, to mimic Daenerys natural pattern, which is a bit looser than mine. If you have naturally a loose pattern just skip the night time step.  The next day I was ready to transform in a warrior princess! 

Step 2: Part Hair at Ear Level

To recreate this style, part your hair at ear level.  You don't need to be neat. Warrior princesses have to be ready to run and save their loved ones, they don't have time to waste!

Step 3: Divide Section into 2

Divide the first section into two smaller sections and twist them separately on the same side, then interlock them on the other side. (It’s easier to do than to explain, see the photo!). This will give you the effect of a rope braid.

Step 4: Secure with Clip

Continue rope braiding (or twisting) until you reach the middle back, then twist a couple of times more, and secure the section in place with a duckbill clip.

Step 5: Divide second section

Just like on the first side, divide the section on the other side of your head into two.

Step 6: Repeat Twist

Repeat the twist from the front to the back.

Step 7: Unclip and Combine

Remove the duckbill from the first twist and take one twist in each hand.

Step 8: Combine Strands

Combine the right strand from one section with the right strand from the opposite section, and combine the left strand from one section with the left strand from the opposite. You should have now in your hand two sections.

Step 9: Keep twisting to the end

Now keep twisting the two sections in the back until you run out of hair.

Step 10: Secure twist

Once you've reached the end secure the twist with a hair elastic.

And you have it! A perfect warrior princess style that reminds me of fairytales, enchanted woods, dangerous dragons, fearless kings and unexplored castles!

Skoriot ñuhyz zaldrīzesse ilzi? (High Valyrian for “Where are my dragons?”)

For Nora's curly hair routine and favorite products, check out this article. You can watch Nora on her YouTube channel Shalimarcat.