We’ve already shared our admiration for Daenerys’s plaited platinum locks, but this intricate weave is truly on a throne of its own! In honor of the Game of Thrones season premiere, we asked hairstylist Dana Tizzio of Butterfly Studio Salon to break down all the steps ahead for getting this two-tiered, inside-out french braid ourselves. Trust us you’ll no longer want to hide away in exile with this style that demands to be seen (and respected).
Next, section off the top one-fourth of hair, and tie away the rest with an elastic or clip.
Work a dollop of Shu Uemura Shape Paste ($45) through your hands, and rub each section of hair into your palms as you grab them to add hold to the braid. Start out with three pieces of hair, just as you would a typical french braid.
Create the inside-out french braid (aka dutch braid) by crossing each section under the center strand, instead of over. This will make the braid appear to be sitting on top of the head rather than embedded within the hair.
“Keep your hands as close to the scalp as possible to keep the braid tight,” advised Tizzio. Also, make sure to weave so that the top sections stretch all the way to the edge of the braided zone, instead of allowing the braid to sit directly in the middle of it.
Continue to dutch braid till you reach the back of the head; then form a short traditional braid at the end to hold everything in place, and clip it off.
Again, weave till you reach the back of the scalp, form a few rows of a traditional braid to hold your work in place and give yourself some extra length, then connect the two sides together with a clear elastic at the base of the head.
Instead of securing the wrap with a traditional pin, Tizzio created a “liquid bobby pin” by blasting the ends of the strand with hair spray and running over it with a curling iron to seal it in place!
This is what the style should look like after the first braided tier is complete.
Repeat the dutch braid technique by weaving under instead of over. Again, be sure the top sections stretch all the way to the end of the braided zone so that the braid sits on top of the ear instead of at the temple in the middle.
Create a second “liquid bobby pin” by dousing the ends of the strand in hair spray and running a curling iron over it to lock the wrap in place. If you need to further reinforce this thicker ponytail wrap, Tizzio said to feel free to use a traditional pin.
Final Look: Back View
Final Look: Side View
Final Look: Front View