Saturday, April 9, 2016

Arwen's Helm's Deep Hairstyle

Here's a piece of LotR trivia for y'all: Arwen was going to appear at Helm's Deep in the movies. They had even done some filming, but then Peter Jackson decided to cut it. (Oh my gosh! I almost typed Percy Jackson instead of Peter Jackson!)

So, to continue my LotR/Hobbit series, today I'm going show y'all how to do the braid she would have worn. (If you missed the first post, click here.) It's a bit complicated, but I'll try to break it down into easy-to-follow steps, okay? Here we go!

(Oh look who's in the background of this one!)
Arwen's Helm's Deep Braid

1- Brush hair and make a middle part.
2- By the right temple, pick up a small section of hair and divide it into three equal pieces.
3- Cross the bottom section over the middle one. The bottom piece is now your new middle, and the old middle is your new bottom.
4- Then cross the top section over your new middle. Now you have another new middle section and a new top.
5- Pick up a little bit of loose hair and add it to the bottom section. You should pick the loose hair up from your hairline. (That's the edge of your hair.)
6- Cross the bottom with the added hair over the middle. You once again have a new middle and bottom.
7- Repeat step 4.
8- Repeat step 3 and then step 4 again.
9- Repeat steps 5-8 until you're about an inch and half from the nape of your neck. (See 2nd picture.) Then finish with a normal braid
10- Repeat steps 2-9 on the other side of your head. When you've done that, you should have two braids, each with about an 8th of your hair.
11- Divide the remaining loose hair into six pieces. You may want to clip every other section to keep them separated.
12- Braid each of the six pieces. You now have eight braids.
13- Take the two original braids and cross them, one on top and one on bottom.
14- Divide the braids into groups of two braids each.
15- Cross the right outside group under the right middle and over the left middle.
16- Cross the left outside group over the left middle and over the right middle.
17- Repeat steps 15 -16 until the braid is complete.

Whew! That was a doozy! Here's an extra picture for sitting through all that. 

If any of y'all try it, I'd love to hear about in a comment. By the way, what is the most random piece of LotR trivia you know?


  1. This is awesome!!

    It is really, really hard though!!

  2. My Lord of the Rings trivia would probably be that Galadriel is Master Elrond's mother-in-law! Also that Luthien Tinuviel is Arwen's great-grandmother.

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