Friday, April 16, 2010

Movie Braids

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I am clueless when it comes to hairdos - which is kind of ironic since may hair has been long for over two decades. Often when I'm on the Internet, I look for ideas and tutorials. Sometimes what I find is a hairdo for costuming; and then I have to share it with you.

Arwen's The Two Towers Cut Fight Scene Braid by Mary Bertke

Over at Dreamweaver Braiding, Mary Bertke has tons of examples and tutorials on how to braid hair from the classic three strand to the more complicated eight strand, without forgetting twists and Herringbone. Once you know the basics, you can create complicated assemblages such as Arwen's do in the cut Helm's Deep scene (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - 2002).

Liv Tyler as Arwen, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Using a Herringbone and French Braid technique, she also shows us how to create Legolas' hairstyle.

Legolas' Lord of the Rings braids by Mary Bertke

The resemblance in uncanny.

Orlando Bloom as Legolas Greenleaf, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Finally, while looking through her pages,. I also found this style. Does it remind you of anything?

Dutch High Classic with French braid below

Think back to your childhood, from a Galaxy far, far away...

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

That's right folks, it's Princess Leia's other hairdo; the one from the medal giving ceremony.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

Of course, I choose to present only movie hairdos today (as they can be very useful for costuming), but Dreamweaver Braiding has many more examples, many of which are perfect for weddings or RenFaires. Check it out!

On my end, since my hair is not as long as it once was (currently at mid shoulder blades level, but butt length a few years back), I think I'll use Nancy-Raven as a guinea pig!


  1. I'm not sure it was her, I remember her website, but if it's not her, there was a beautiful website about braids, historic ones... well, styles that once were. I might check it out once at home and see if it is the same.

  2. Nevermind... it was the same site.