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 battle? Because this is what you’ll get if you go for the Viking-inspired look.
The history study brings to the fore the memory of kings and queens, religious crusades, famous travelers, and dragons. Also, other fantastic elements pervade today’s fantasy series and movies.
If we look only at the Middle Ages, for example, we discover so many interesting cultural elements that some of them we tend to “import” with a time machine to the present day. Also, where we can adapt them to the times and take them out of the spotlight. One of these elements refers to men’s hairstyles, with which the hairstyles of the 21st century have begun to resonate more and more.
According to historians, between the 5th and 15th centuries, hair adornment was of great importance. For example, hair loss is a sign of intense humility. Therefore, the monks shaved their heads starting from the middle, leaving only a narrow band of hair around them. At the same time, the locks were a common image for the nobles. Thus, they let their hair grow, braid it, hold it tightly in ponytails, or leave it in the wind.
At that time, some people revolutionized the male hairstyles of the time, which as the Vikings, who had a less common way of wearing their hair. We have raided the Internet and amassed a list of the best Viking haircuts you could wear, including the ones sported by the cast of the TV show Vikings.
1. Viking Hairstyle with Long Hair
Whether or not this hairstyle combines Viking with elf fashion is anybody’s guess. Also, we know that it looks beyond cool and that we want to try it out. Then it is a long hairstyle with the blonde hair gathered in a ponytail, made all the more special by the braided sides that then flow into the pony.
2. Casual Haircut
So your main occupation is to pillage and plunder—but you can still keep it casual when you’re back home in the Northern lands. Go for a half-up, half-down hairstyle, styled with a simple, three-strand braid on each side of the head. Also, both of them meet in a high ponytail.
3. French Braid, Bun, and Under Shave Haircut
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. Also, therefore, a French braid and a bun are totally in order here to get this Viking haircut.
4. Nordic Hairstyle
Sometimes, being a genuine rugged Viking is all about attitude. Because without it, you can wear a slick back haircut or a Viking pompadour, but it just won’t be the same. Also, Nordic hairstyles can be short too. But, then, not all Vikings wore their hair long and were perfectly completed by facial hair. Look at how the style is complemented by the beard.
5. The Alexander Ludwig Haircut
Here is actor Alexander Ludwig’s real-life hairstyle. Also, he plays ‘Bjorn Ironside in the hit TV series Vikings – the series that helped give rise to the Viking haircut latest trend. He looks awesome with natural blonde locks, an undercut, and a slick back that ends in a small ponytail.
6. Jumbo French Braid Bun Hairstyle
As you probably already know, braids were allegedly very big with the Vikings. Also, there is historical evidence that Viking women and men wore Viking braids. Therefore, if you are to embrace hairstyles, they must also become a part of your life – it’s a good thing they’re trending too!
7. Scandinavian Historical Hairstyle
The Allfather sees and knows all and is the source of everything good on this earth. Also, 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. Moreover, here is a great Viking haircut for summer.
8. Balding Hair with Beard Style
Another style choice for which the Vikings were very famous was their long and bushy beards. Also, the reasons are not very clear yet, though. Some say it was to make them look as manly and savage as possible in the battle to scare their enemies away with a single glance. Additionally, they just love this Viking haircut style. Look at the dedication in that beard. How interesting!
9. Long Mohawk Hairstyle
As far as cool hairstyles are concerned, this one might just take the cake. Also, 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. Moreover, you can also add finely braided strands too.
The Mohawk long style is one of the most ferocious hairstyles worn by Viking warriors in the days when they wreaked havoc in Northern Europe. Also, it’s a classic Mohawk; only the hair that grows on the back of the neck is left long on the back.
The hair is cut short or shaved on the sides, and the man in the middle is combed back. Then, if you want a more refined look, you can knit the strands – this way, you will look less “fierce”.
10. Man Bun Haircut
Although there is no actual historical evidence that the man bun was once among the official hairstyles, we can probably, consider it an honorary one, especially if you know how to style it properly to make it look manly and rugged.
One of the men’s hairstyles that has stood the test of time and that we often see on the street is the male “bun”. Maybe it’s because it looks natural and easy to do, or maybe it’s because some people (and their partners) just love it.
This hairstyle can be done on virtually any type of hair, whether straight, wavy, or curly. Also, to comb your hair like this, however, you must have long or at least medium-length hair. And the best part is the styling. First, you must pull the strands back and gather them into a small “bun”. Then, if Ibrahimović and Gareth Bale could do it, you can do it.
11. Double Braided Man Bun
Have second thoughts about the man bun and its place on this list of Viking hairstyles? Also, how about a double-man bun? Then, that would mean twice the manliness, twice the ruggedness, and in this case, twice the long braided strands of hair on the side.
12. Thick-Haired Redheads
Here’s a hair color that bears a resemblance to the image we traditionally associate with traditional Vikings. Also, 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. Pony Hair Braids
As a Viking warrior, you would have to have braids, and the longer, the better. Pair them with a well-groomed beard, and you can wear these long braided hairstyles right into the 21st century.
14. Long Fishtail Haircut
Vikings were 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 hairstyle and this amazingly long fishtail braid.
The Nordic warriors were creative in styling, especially when they remained quiet to do agriculture without grabbing the world’s carol for the conquest of new territories.
But because the fieldwork was hard because of the difficult soil to work on, sometimes they wore their hair so they would not be confused by their excessive length. And a convenient version was the “fishtail”.
To get it, you need to shave on the sides and keep a wide band of hair in the middle of the head, which extends with long locks on the back. They are woven into a tail, which is then tied with string. The look should be matched, as a rule, with a suitable beard.
15. Crisscross Man Braids
Another fashion in which you can style man braids is crisscrossing them on top of your 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 Haircut
Here is a fabulous example of a hairstyle that sees three perfectly made French braids that finish in a man bun. The hair is dark chocolate with a caramel ombre that the braids highlight amazingly well.
17. Warrior Short Haircut
This might just be the definition of a man’s man, as far as many people are concerned. The T-shirt, with metal chain and sleeve tattoos, works perfectly well with the short sides and asymmetrical long-top Viking haircut that also helps draw attention to the full beard. This is also a great reference for a hipster haircut.
18. Braided Thick Beard
One of the staples of Viking hairstyles is the braided beard. You might have seen it in pictures, so know that it is 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. Curtain Braids with Long Hair
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 worldwide 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. Braid Fauxhawk Haircut
Speaking of braids for men and Viking hairstyles, here’s an interesting way to mix them up. Use those long tresses to create one braid starting from the crown of the head. This will give the illusion of a mohawk without having to shave the sides of the head with the sleek fauxhawk.
21. Young Ragnar Lodbrok Hair
Let’s look at real Vikings, the ones from the eponymous TV show, and who better to start with than the king, Ragnar Lodbrok? He had several hairstyles throughout the show, all inspired by reality – as far as history tells us. Also, here is a young Ragnar sporting a small beard, skin-shaved sides, and very long braided hair held together by leather straps.
22. Savage Curtain Hair
If we are to believe history once more (and we should) this is what a true Viking would have looked like. Also, 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! Because of the thickness of the top hair and facial hair, this will be a great idea for your winter haircut since it helps in cold temperatures.
23. Short Braids and Pompadour Style
Bring them into the modern age and make them appropriate for the club, a restaurant, or a school with this hip twist. Also, these are very short man braids styled in a fancy and very high front pompadour.
24. Twisted Braids
While we don’t know why he was called the Boneless, history does tell us that Ivar was, indeed, Ragnar’s son and that he was savage. Moreover, this is the man to whom we owe England the country we know today. Also, here he is as portrayed in Vikings by Alex Høgh Andersen with a set of twisted cornrow braids and a taper fade.
25. Elegant Hairstyle
Sometimes, even a Viking haircut has to be elegant, especially if he lives in the 21st century. Also, this is a medium cut with a hard part fade 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. 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. Also, his hairstyle is 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’s Hairstyle
Ragnar’s brother Rollo is the definition of a warrior. Also, 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.
With your long hair, you can do a lot of things. You can apply a shaggy haircut for men to make it more interesting if you want.
28. Tattooed Viking Style
As the series progresses, we get to see the old Ragnar too, and how 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. Also, he still had a bushy beard, as is the Viking custom, and added even more tattoos to his scalp.
29. Buzz Cut
We’ve already seen actor Alexander Ludwig as young Bjorn Ironside, King Ragnar’s son. Here he is older and with a different approach to Viking hairstyles. Also, just like his father, he too cut his hair to a buzz cut but kept the beard.
30. Wavy Hairstyle
Athelstan, the Christian priest turned Viking changed his hairstyle as well when he denounced his former monk lifestyle and joined the pillaging hoards. Also, 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 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. Also, he wears a crew cut with twisted hair in very fine braids which are tied back in a ponytail.
32. Braided Undercut Braids
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. Also, this makes the whole style all the more interesting.
33. Messy Hairstyle
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
If you have wavy or curly hair, it would be a real shame if you didn’t show it to the world. Also, if you also possess the heart and build of a Viking. Channel your inner Norseman and grow your hair long and wild!
35. Mohawk Hairstyle
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 Ponytail Haircut
Your long hair can also serve as inspiration for several other hairstyles. For example, you can use it to carve out this amazing warrior ponytail complete with a taper fade and one of the most amazing beards ever. Very sleek! Look at those sharp edges.
37. The Tormund Haircut
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. A messy look adds more fierceness to your character.
38. Long Slick Back Style Hair
Here’s another character from the Vikings TV show, Earl Kalf, and he wears his hair in an entirely different style than expected. Also, he has long, brown, and luscious hair which he slicks back in a half-up, half-down ponytail. A great display of a good-looking warrior.
39. Platinum Hairstyle
Some Norsemen had platinum blonde hair, according to history. Therefore, if you 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. Descendants Haircut
It is a commonly known fact by now that Vikings were also the first to touch down on America. Also, not much is known afterward, 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 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. Also, 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. Also, 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. Look at the complexity of these braids. Let your hairstylist see this to try it with your tops. Definitely, only a skilled one can pull this off.
44. Loose Braids Haircut
If you find some of these men’s Viking braids a tad too complicated or time-consuming for your taste, you can always opt for something a lot simpler. Also, part of your long hair in two and loosely braid each strand three ways. Let these hang freely down the shoulders.
45. The Iceberg Braid Haircut
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. Be creative with that side braid.
46. Medium Hairstyle
There is no definitive record stating how long the Viking hair 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. How charming can he be? A wonderful display of a modern gentleman.
47. Easy Haircut Style
This man bun is incredibly easy to pull off and get a great Viking haircut. 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. Keep it clean and neat with this style. Well-kept hair and a well-groomed beard are perfect for the season.
48. Mature Hairstyle
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! A great way to look more like a greek god.
49. Half-Shaved Hairstyle
Remember that there are no rules when it comes to the modern Viking haircut 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? A sleek and clean side with a long beard and tops combed to the side is what you need. As a result, an unpredictable and manly vibe is drawn from this hairstyle.
50. Ponytail Hairstyle and Thick Hair
If you think ponytails are a bit too boring, then you can dress them up by adding an under shave and a braid. Suddenly, the plain ponytail has become the playground for something spectacular! So much style going on with this haircut. If you have long hair, you can do the same. With your thick hair, this is achievable.
Looking at these cool and rugged 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!
Lara has been working with us since the website launched. She is an accomplished hairstylist with years of expertise giving her clients the style they dream of. Lara is working on her own cosmetics brand and has certifications from some of the greatest hairstyling schools in her wallet. She is committed to leading an active life and specializes in men’s hairstyles, haircare, and coloring.
what’s the point of looking at picture like these when you don’t even name salons or barbers where I can get a style like them.
Michael S. Knaus says
You can get a style like these at most professional barbershops. Visit the best local barber you can find and show them a few pictures – I doubt you’ll regret it!
Michael S. Knaus says
Messy top, short sides, slight undercut. And show them a picture 😀