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Hair Tutorial: How To Get Game Of Thrones' Best Braids!

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Sansas's Mini French Braids

When in Winterfell, Lord Stark's eldest daughter Sansa takes a less-is-more approach to her hair. Click through to get the look at home.

all photos via HBO

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This is one of the easiet and most wearable looks on the show. All it required is two small French braids, one on either side of a straight middle part. Plait these partway down the head, and then twist both strands around each together, securing with one elastic at the bottom.

all photography by Matt Perrone

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Sansa's Braid Crown

Once Sansa moves to the South to be with her betrothed, Joffrey, she abandons the girlish (and decidedly more DIY) hairstyles of her past. In place of a few simple braids, she adopts this elaboratly coiffed crown, favored by region's socialite set. Click through to get the look now.


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"This is definitely a Halloween look," Halli explained to me between teasing, spraying and smoothing. "You could achieve this everyday [though] with rope braid pigtails or a milkmaid braid pinned on top of the head."


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Catelyn Tully's Practical Plaits

As the wife to a beheaded husband, mother to a crippled son and two hostage daughters, Northern matriarch Catelyn Tully doesn't have time for overly fussy updos. Especially ones that might come loose while she riding between battle camps. Click through to get the look now.


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To throw this look together on a rushed morning, start by twisting a strand on each side, adding small pieces as you go along. When they meet at the nape of your nape, pull them together and loosely braid in the style of your choice.


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It all comes together in less than five minutes.


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A tip for girls with shorter hair: you can get Catelyn's look by doing a French braid instead of a regular one, tucking the extra hair at the nape of the neck and securing with Bobby pins.


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For our second style inspired by Ned Stark's wife, Kayley tried a rope twist instead of a regular one; however, either way works!


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The Khaleesi's Multi-Braid

Before Daenerys Targaryen married Khal Drogo, burned a witch for cursing him and gave birth to dragons, she wore two simple side braids in her long blonde hair. Then this amazingness happened. Click through to get the look now.


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Start with two inside-out French braids, only adding hair on the side nearest the part; bring these together in one main braid. Use your fingers to loosen it up. Then, with the remaining hair, create an inside-out braid on each bottom side, weaving into the middle piece as you go along.


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So, how does one do all this complicated braid attaching without the help of a Braid Bar expert? "Have a nice friend," Isabel told me with a laugh. "Or do all four braids separately and secure with bobby pins in the back."


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Arya's Pigtail/Bun Hybrid

These days, Arya is doing the bob thing and—as she's disguised as a boy—wears very few braids. Before all that, though, she'd usually pull her plaits in a topknot for swordfighting and such. Click through to get the look now.


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Start with a ponytail (but "keep a little bit of texture so it looks natural") in the back of your head and split into two braids. (Here she does fishtail.) Wrap each one in its opposite direction and pin in place.


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Cersei's Multi-Twist

Hate on Cersei Lannister and her scheming, incestuous ways all you want, but you've got to admit it—girl's got good hair. While she wears it a lot of different ways through the series depending on what mischief she's up to, this medieval princess look here is one of her favorites. Ours, too. Click through to get the look now.


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The great thing about this one is that is works for bob-, waist-length hair and everything in between. The important thing is "that you're mixing textures," Halli told me.


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Start by adding texture with a large barrel curling iron. (Pressed for time, you can skip this step.) Then, make two small French rope braids (that is a fancy way of saying you add in hair as you twist) at the top of the head; secure those with curl clip. Then, make two more rope braids (regular) under those.


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Once you have your four main pieces, bring everything together with one main braid.


Digital Writer at large

The first two seasons of Game of Thrones had been filmed, promoted and aired on national television before I began watching, and I did so with great hesitation. Seeing as every review I'd read on the HBO series examined its testosterone-fueled themes—sex! war! even more sex!—and fanatical male following, it seemed unlikely that I, a girl who owns all six seasons of Dawson's Creek on DVD, could possibly like it.

Still, after just one episode, I liked it, nay—l loved it. Why? As promised, there was an abundant amount of sex, war, and more sex, perhaps even more than I originally anticipated. But there were also incredibly engrossing plot lines, witty dialogue and, arguably, the most inspiring hair on cable right now. Every female character, no matter how small her role, has an intricate, must-pause-the-screen-and-examine-closer braid. French-style fishtails, plaited buns, twisty half-up and half-down styles made from several rolled strands—really, I could watch on mute and still be entertained. (Could.)

As the show's season three premieres this Sunday (9PM on HBO!), I think us lady fans should celebrate by wearing one of its many enviable updos. While a couple are screening-party specific (we're looking at you pouffy hair crown!), many actually work for everyday, non-Seven Kingdom life. And none require a multi-hour time commitment, expensive products or a cosmetology degree to re-create at home. Thanks to three nimble fingered John Barrett Salon's braid bar stylists who stopped by our office, we've learned a few DIY tricks that we're absolutely dying to share.

Click through the slideshow to see our team's Fire and Ice makeovers and test run them in your bathroom now. (Or, if you're in NYC, make an appointment at Bergdorf Goodman's John Barrett braid bar and ask for Halli Bivona, Isabel Guillen and Kayley Pak. Visit Johnbarrett.com for rates and hours.) Winter is coming!

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