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DIY This Daenerys-Inspired Waterfall Braid For Halloween

Oct 10 2014 - 11:30am

We're constantly getting major hair inspiration [1] from the entire cast of Game of Thrones, and Daenerys's long platinum locks top our envy list. One look that we particularly can't stop swooning over is the pulled-back braided crown she donned when she decided to stay in Meereen to govern the city, so we tapped hairstylist Dana Tizzio of Butterfly Studio Salon [2] to show us how to get an updated version of this look for Halloween [3]. Keep reading to see how to DIY [4] this totally on-trend waterfall braid that will put your medieval Daenerys outfit in the costume contest winner's circle.

Source: HBO [5] and Caroline Voagen Nelson [6]

Step 1

First, blow-dry hair into soft waves, then run a pump or two of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil [7] ($69) through the lengths for smoothness and shine.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [8]

Step 2

Draw a side part, then scrape a dime-sized amount of Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Balm [9] ($38) through the top of the hair to add some grip to your silky blowout, which allows the braid to hold better. "It's more of a feminine pomade that has some glitter in it, smells good, and it looks like lip gloss," said Tizzio.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [10]

Step 3

Take three sections of hair at the front of the head, and start weaving a normal french braid on one side. "A french braid at the beginning gives the waterfall braid a more secure foundation," Tizzio explained.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [11]

Step 4

As you weave, make sure to grab long rectangular sections of hair on top to give the braid the cleanest and most uniform look.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [12]

Step 5

Once you've french braided a couple rows, begin the waterfall by crossing the top section over to the middle, then dropping that section down so it hangs.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [13]

Step 6

Next, replace the dropped section by grabbing a new chunk of hair right next to the hanging section from the bottom, and continue the french braid as usual by crossing that piece over into the middle.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [14]

Step 7

Continue this technique by persisting to add hair to the top section as you would a standard french braid, dropping that piece when you cross it over to the middle to create the waterfall. Again, pick up a replacement chunk next to that section, and repeat. Once you reach the back of the head, form a normal braid out of the three remaining pieces all the way to the ends.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [15]

Step 8

Tie off the braid with a clear elastic.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [16]

Step 9

Repeat the waterfall braid on the other side of the head.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [17]

Step 10

Continue waterfall braiding until you reach the back of the head, then standard braid all the way to the tips.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [18]

Step 11

Again, secure this second braid with another clear elastic.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [19]

Step 12

Twist both sections around each other, and secure it at the end with a third clear elastic.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [20]

Step 13

Pull out a few tendrils in front, and wrap them around the barrel of a curling iron, making sure to curl away from the face

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [21]

Step 14

Also curl each fallen section of hair in the waterfall braid to draw more attention to them. "This clipless curling iron with a barrel that goes from fat to small gives you beachier, more modern waves than a standard one," said Tizzio.

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [22]

Step 15

Finish by spritzing on Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Workable Spray [23] ($32) and raking your fingers through the lengths to break up and soften the coils.
Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [24]

Final Look: Front View

Now just darken your brows to an arresting deep-brown shade, and give your most regal Daenerys look!

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [25]

Final Look: Side View

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [26]

Final Look: Back View

Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson [27]


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