Before we plunge into our list of the coolest and most rugged Viking hairstyles, riddle me this, brave warrior:
Are you ready for the most epic haircut of your lifetime: the one haircut you can wear into a battle? Because this is what you’ll get if you go for the Viking-inspired look.
We have raided the Internet and amassed a list of the best Viking haircuts you could possibly wear, including the ones sported by the cast of the TV show Vikings. Enjoy and Skol!
1. Viking Long Hair
Whether or not this hairstyle combines Viking with elf fashion is anybody’s guess. All we know is that it looks beyond cool and that we want to try it out. It is a long hairstyle that has the blonde hair gathered in a ponytail made all the more special by the braided sides that then flow into the pony.
2. Casual Viking Haircut
So your main occupation is to pillage and plunder – but you can still keep it casual when you’re back at home in the Northern lands. Go for a half up, half down hairstyle styled a simple, three-strand braid on each side of the head, both of which meet in the high ponytail.
3. French Braid, Bun, and Under Shave
Did you know that it was the Vikings who conquered the northern part of France, aka Normandy, and gave it its name? Etymologically, it means the land belonging to the people from the north – which indicates the Vikings. Therefore, a French braid and a bun are totally in order here.
4. Nordic Viking Hairstyles
Sometimes, being a genuine rugged Viking is all about the attitude. Because without it, you can wear a slick back haircut or a pompadour, but it just won’t be the same. Also, Nordic Viking hairstyles can be short too – not all Vikings wore their hair long – and be perfectly completed by facial hair.
5. The Alexander Ludwig
Here is actor Alexander Ludwig’s real-life hairstyle. He plays ‘Bjorn Ironside’ in the hit TV series Vikings – the series who helped give rise to the Viking trend. He looks awesome with natural blonde locks, an undercut, and a slick back that ends in a small ponytail.
6. The Jumbo French Braid Bun Style
As you probably already know, braids were allegedly very big with the Vikings. There is historical evidence that both Viking women and men wore braids. Therefore, if you are to embrace Viking hairstyles, they must become a part of your life as well – it’s a good thing they’re trending too!
7. Traditional Scandinavian Hairstyles with Beard
The Allfather sees and knows all, and he is the source of everything that’s good on this earth. A true Viking seeks counsel with Odin, including when it comes to style and he recommends this slick back that ends in a man bun.
8. Vikings Beard Styles
Another style choice for which the Vikings were very famous was their long and bushy beards. The reasons are not very clear yet, though. Some say it was to make them look as manly and savage as possible in battle so as to scare their enemies away with a single glance. We just love the style.
9. Long Viking Mohawk Hairstyle
As far as cool Viking hairstyles are concerned, this one might just take the cake. It’s a modern type of Mohawk, very long and sleek, that falls gracefully yet manly down the slopes of the back and makes the most of this long top, short sides style. You can also add finely braided strands too.
10. The Man Bun
Although there is no actual historical evidence that the man bun was once among the official Viking hairstyles we can, probably, consider it an honorary one. Especially if you know how to style it properly, so as to make it look really manly and rugged.
11. The Double Braided Man Bun
Having second thoughts about the man bun and its place on this list of Viking hairstyles? Then how about a double man bun? That would mean twice the manliness, twice the ruggedness, and in this case, twice the long braided strands of hair on the side.
12. Viking Hairstyles for Thick Haired Redheads
Here’s a hair color that bears resemblance to the image we traditionally associate with traditional Vikings. We know they were more or less fair people with blonde hair and light-colored eyes. Therefore, we might not be wrong in saying that they had a few firey beards among them as well.
13. Viking Hair Braids
As a Viking warrior, you would have to have braids and the longer, the better. Pair them up with a well-groomed beard and you can actually wear these long braided Viking hairstyles right into the 21st century.
14. The Long Fishtail
Vikings were a fishermen people when they weren’t very busy conquering other lands and pillaging them. Since they couldn’t do a lot of agriculture because of their geography and climate, fishing was their lifeline. Pay homage to that with your Viking hairstyle and this amazingly long fishtail braid.
15. Crisscross Man Braids
Another fashion in which you can style man braids is by crisscrossing them on top of the head. This way, you will end up with a fabulous interconnected weave of braids that finishes in a small ponytail. Make the look stand out even more by pairing it with shaved sides.
16. Nordic Braids
Now here is a fabulous example of Viking hairstyles that sees three perfectly made French braids that finish in a man bun. The hair is dark chocolate with a caramel ombre that is highlighted amazingly well by the braids.
17. Warrior Viking Hairstyles for Men
This might just be the definition of a man’s man, as far as many people are concerned. The T-shirt, complete with metal chain, and sleeve tattoos work perfectly well with the short sides and asymmetrical long top Viking haircut that also helps draw attention to the full beard.
18. The Viking Braided Beard
One of the staples of Viking hairstyles is the braided beard. You might have seen it in pictures, so know that it is actually quite simple to make it yourself. All you need is a lot of patience so that the beard will grow long enough to braid it – and some grooming oil for the beard for maintenance.
19. Simple Hair Braids
We cannot overstate this enough: man braids are in again! Social platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest are now flooded with pictures of normal men all over the world going Viking on their hair. Also, this look is so easy to get: just gather the hair in a slick half up ponytail completed by the two thin braids on each side of the face that accentuate the hair length.
20. The Braid Fauxhawk
Speaking of braids for men and Viking hairstyles, here’s an interesting way to mix them up. Use those long tresses to create one single braid starting from the crown of the head. This will give the illusion of a mohawk without actually having to shave the sides of the head.
21. The Young Ragnar Lodbrok Hairstyle
Let’s take a look at real Vikings, the ones from the eponymous TV show, and who better to start with than the king himself, Ragnar Lodbrok? He had several hairstyles throughout the show, all inspired from reality – as far as history tells us. Here is a young Ragnar sporting a small beard, skin-shaved sides, and very long braided hair that was held together by leather straps.
22. Savage Viking Hairstyles
If we are to believe history once more (and we should) this is what a true Viking would have looked like. Tall, strong, and savage in appearance. Their preferred combat tactic was instilling fear into their opponent’s hearts by looking like barbarians and hair plays a crucial part in that too!
23. Short Braids and Pompadour
Bring Viking hairstyles into the modern age and make them appropriate for the club, a restaurant, or for school with this hip twist. These are very short man braids styled in a fancy and very high front pompadour.
24. Twisted Braids Viking Hairstyles
While we don’t really know why he was called the Boneless, history does tell us that Ivar was, indeed, Ragnar’s son and that he was absolutely savage. Moreover, this is the man to whom we owe England being the country we know today. Here he is as portrayed in Vikings by Alex Høgh Andersen with a set of twisted cornrow braids and a taper fade.
25. Elegant Viking Hairstyles
Sometimes, even a Viking has to be elegant, and especially so if he lives in the 21st century. This is a medium-cut with a hard part and a few strands of hair left free on the forehead as a faux fringe coupled with a full beard.
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26. Viking Hairstyles for Receding Hairlines
Ragnar may be king, but Floki is the one who completely stole the show in the TV series thanks to actor Gustaf Skarsgard’s outstanding performance. His hairstyle is absolutely unique in the world of Vikings (as is his black eye makeup). His short hair can be easily worn by men with receding hairlines.
27. Rollo Viking Hairstyles
Ragnar’s brother Rollo is the definition of the warrior. He embodies the savage Viking who has a bushy beard and long hair and fights naked to scare off his enemies. According to history, he is the one who conquered the north of France and created what we now know as Normandy, the land of the Norseman.
28. Tattooed Viking Style
As the series progresses, we get to see the old Ragnar too, and how Viking hairstyles might have aged throughout the years. Old Ragnar wore his head completely shaved in penitence and remorse for the death of one of his best friends. He still had a bushy beard, as is the Viking custom, and added even more tattoos to his scalp.
29. Buzz Cut Viking Hairstyles
We’ve already seen actor Alexander Ludwig as young Bjorn Ironside, King Ragnar’s son. Here he is older in age and with a different approach to Viking hairstyles. Just like his father, he too cut his hair to a buzz cut but kept the beard.
30. Wavy Viking Hairstyles
Athelstan, the Christian priest turned Viking changed his hairstyle as well when he denounced his former monk lifestyle and joined the pillaging hoards. He started sporting a medium-length haircut and left his naturally chestnut hair wavy and unruly and here, tied in a low ponytail.
31. The Viking Crew Cut Hairstyle
This is Harald Finehair. With a name like that, how could we have not included him on our list of the best Viking hairstyles? Harald is a king himself and an ally of Ragnar’s. He wears his hair twisted in very fine braids which are tied back in a ponytail.
32. Braided Undercut Viking Hairstyles
Not only is this a gorgeous example of braided undercut hairstyles, but you can also see how the braids themselves cut diagonally across the crown of the head. This make the whole style all the more interesting.
33. Messy Viking Hairstyles
We have already seen a lot of undercuts with asymmetrical strands in hairstyles that have been styled into perfection through braids. However, if you have a more casual style, you can always wear your hair a bit messier.
34. Long and Curly Viking Hairstyles
If you have wavy or curly hair, it would be a real shame if you didn’t show it to the world. Especially if you also possess the heart and build of a Viking. Channel your inner Norseman and grow your hair long and wild!
35. Mohawk Viking Hairstyles
The mohawk is a staple of the punk generation, we all know that. However, if you have a keen eye and a great sense of style, you can easily incorporate it into your Viking overall fashion. Pair it with a bushy beard and some earrings, and you’re there!
36. The Short Viking Ponytail
Your long hair can also serve as inspiration for a number of other Viking hairstyles. For example, you can use it to carve out this amazing warrior ponytail complete with taper fade and one of the most amazing beards ever.
37. The Tormund
Yes, we know, wrong show, you’ll say. But we do believe that author George R.R. Martin did have the Vikings in mind when he wrote the character Tormund Giantsbane in A Song of Ice and Fire. Therefore, use the wildling as inspiration too.
38. Long Slick Back Style
Here’s another character from the Vikings TV show, Earl Kalf, and he wears his hair in an entirely different style than expected. He has long, brown, and luscious hair which he slicks back in a half up, half down ponytail.
39. Platinum Viking Hairstyles
Some Norsemen actually had platinum blonde hair, according to history. Therefore, if you really want to look like them you can always dye your hair in this color – and don’t forget about the long hair with braids falling from the top!
40. Viking Descendants
It is a commonly known fact by now that Vikings were also the first to touch down on America. Not much is know afterwards, therefore, who knows the traces and legacies they might have left behind? In their honor, sport this intricate and weaved set of braids.
41. Minimal Half and Half Braided Hair
This hairstyle is quite amazing as while half of your head is shaved off, the other half still has its long strands. In the middle, you have two simple three-strand braids that interweave in a helix to create and mark the border.
42. Tucked in Viking Braids for Short Hair
If you’re not a fan of the top knot, man braid, or ponytail as a way to finish off a manly French braid, you can always tuck in the ends. It will create a very elegant look that you can even wear for special events.
43. The Jumbo Helix Braids
This is a variation of the helix we saw earlier, only a lot bigger in size. It’s time to get creative with your Viking hairstyles and allow them to transform you into a real warrior from a thousand years ago.
44. The Loose Viking Braids
If you find some of these man braids a tad too complicated or time-consuming for your taste, you can always opt for something a lot simpler. Part your long hair in two and loosely braid each strand three ways. Let these hang freely down the shoulders.
45. The Iceberg Braid
Nothing says Viking hairstyles better than a platinum blonde hair color and a perfectly done man braid. Make the look more modern by adding in a hard part that you can create with some help from a razor.
46. Medium Viking Hairstyles
There is no definitive record stating how long the Viking hair actually was. Therefore, it’s entirely up to you how you want to wear it. However, we suggest going for a medium length look because it may be the easiest to manage and maintain too.
47. Easy Viking Haircut Styles
This man bun is incredibly easy to pull off. All you need is to moisturize your hair every time you shower using a very good conditioner. In this way, you can keep your locks as silky and manageable as possible while still looking dashing and rugged.
48. Mature Viking Hairstyles
If you’re wondering how the Viking style matures, question no more! This is what a middle-aged warrior could look like if he kept his hair long. The salt and pepper long hair with natural curls and a very well-groomed beard look is just perfect!
49. Half-Shaved Viking Hairstyles
Remember that there are no rules when it comes to the modern Viking game. The important thing is that you feel good about it, so why not experiment with a mid to long hairstyle with slicked back and undercut elements as below?
50. Viking Ponytail Hairstyles for Long and Thick Hair
If you think ponytails are a bit too boring, then you can dress them up by adding an undershave and a braid. Suddenly, the plain ponytail has become the playground for something spectacular!
Looking at these cool and rugged Viking hairstyles, don’t you think they just invoke the perfect combination between old and new, rugged and modern? Indeed we think they do. We hold long and bushy beards and man braids in high fashion. All hail Odin, the Allfather!
So the only question left standing is this: will you be bringing some Norse style into your life by going for a Viking style? Throw a comment and let us know!