How to Grow Ragnar Hair

How to Grow Ragnar Hair

The popular Vikings television show has created several memorable hairstyles. The Ragnar look, based on the character Ragnar Lodbrok, might be the most popular. To get this hairstyle for yourself, grow out your hair so it's at least shoulder-length. Shave the sides and back of your head, leaving the hair long on top. Make 3 braids with the top hair for the rough, Vikings look. If your hair isn't long enough or you want a slightly different style, try one of Ragnar's other signature looks.

Method 1 of 3:
Undercutting the Sides

1
Gather all of the hair on the top of your head and tie it back. Brush your hair to remove knots or kinks. Then, pull the hair that's directly on top of your head up and gather it into a bun. Look in the mirror to ensure that your hairline is even on both sides of your head. You don't want a lopsided cut! [1] X Research source Make the hairline high up on your head and not low on your temples. Curve the hairline towards the back of your head so it's 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) above your neckline. Pull all of the hair above the neckline up and tie it back. It might help to ask a friend to help you or go to a stylist.
2
Adjust your hair clippers to skin or 0. For the closest undercut, remove the guard from your hair clippers. This means you'll be shaving directly against the skin. If you'd like to leave very short hair on the sides and back, put a 0 guard on your clippers. [2] X Research source If your hair clippers don't have a 0 guard, use the lowest number available.
3
Shave the sides and back of your head with the clippers. Keep the hair on the top of your head pulled back so it doesn't get in your way. Then, shave the sides and back of your hair so you work right up to the hairline that you marked. [3] X Research source If you shave with the 0 guard but find that you want it shorter, just take the guard off and use the clippers against your skin. Don't adjust the clipper length to fade or blend the hair since you want a bold, noticeable look.
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Method 2 of 3:
Styling the Long Top

1
Grow out the top of your hair until it's at least shoulder-length. Ragnar hair is really long so the most challenging thing about this style is growing your hair out in the first place! Long hair is easier to braid and it stands out against the undercut sides. Try to grow out your hair until it at least reaches your shoulders or until it's mid-back length. [4] X Research source To encourage your hair to grow longer, protect it from damage. Don't pull your hair back tightly or dye it while you're growing it out. If you'd like extra length while you're growing out your hair, apply hair extensions that you can remove once your hair is long.
2
Divide the hair into 3 sections that are 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm). Use a comb to evenly segment the long hair on your scalp into 3 sections on the top of your head. Make each about 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm) wide so you have enough hair to braid. Clip each section to keep it them out of your way while you're braiding. If you'd rather do 1 large braid, skip this step.
3
French braid each segment of hair on the top of your head. Work with the center segment first and divide it into 3 smaller sections. Start a regular braid, but add hair from the sides of the segment as you braid across the top of your head. Once you reach the end of your hair, tie off the French braid with a hairband and repeat this for the other 2 segments. [5] X Research source If you have a hard time French braiding your hair, ask a friend to do it for you or go to a hairstylist.
4
Tie the 3 braids together at the nape of your neck. Instead of leaving the 3 braids loose, gather them at the back of your neck and secure them with a hairband. Choose a decorative hairband that matches your look. [6] X Research source For example, Ragnar usually ties his braids back with thin leather strips.
5
Pull on tufts of the hair to give it a rough, worn look. Hairstyles from Vikings don't look smooth or polished, so rough up your French braids by picking at the hair. Use your thumb and forefinger to pull up on the braids so the hairs loosen. You could also rub the palm of your hand back and forth across the top of your head to make the hair a little fuzzy. [7] X Research source This hairstyle looks great after a few days since sleeping on it will give the braids a lived-in look.
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Method 3 of 3:
Variations

1
Put your hair into a top knot if you don't want to braid it. Braiding hair can be trickier than it looks! If you're struggling or your hair isn't long enough, gather the long hair into a ponytail and wrap a hairband around it. Twist the length of hair tightly and wrap the coil around the hairband so it forms a bun. Then, wrap another hairband around it to keep the top knot in place. [8] X Research source The top knot or man bun is a great option for summer when you want to keep your long hair pulled back.
2
Use scissors to cut the top hair short if you don't want to grow it out. Long hair isn't for everyone or you might be tired of growing it out. At some points during the show, Ragnar features cropped hair on the top while the sides are shaved close. To get this look, use scissors to cut the top hair as close to your scalp as you like. [9] X Research source Ragnar sometimes has short, buzzed hair on top. If you'd rather have an even cut on top, use clippers with a 2 or 3 guard when you cut the top hair.
3
Shave your entire head to highlight scalp tattoos. In later seasons of the show, Ragnar shaves his whole head. This is a cool look if you have tattoos on your scalp that you want to be visible. Keep your beard and mustache long if you go this route so you have a rough, Vikings style. [10] X Research source If you want to keep this style for a while, plan on shaving your head every few days. This prevents your style from looking fuzzy!
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Method 1 of 3:
Undercutting the Sides

1
Gather all of the hair on the top of your head and tie it back. Brush your hair to remove knots or kinks. Then, pull the hair that's directly on top of your head up and gather it into a bun. Look in the mirror to ensure that your hairline is even on both sides of your head. You don't want a lopsided cut! [1] X Research source Make the hairline high up on your head and not low on your temples. Curve the hairline towards the back of your head so it's 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) above your neckline. Pull all of the hair above the neckline up and tie it back. It might help to ask a friend to help you or go to a stylist.
2
Adjust your hair clippers to skin or 0. For the closest undercut, remove the guard from your hair clippers. This means you'll be shaving directly against the skin. If you'd like to leave very short hair on the sides and back, put a 0 guard on your clippers. [2] X Research source If your hair clippers don't have a 0 guard, use the lowest number available.
3
Shave the sides and back of your head with the clippers. Keep the hair on the top of your head pulled back so it doesn't get in your way. Then, shave the sides and back of your hair so you work right up to the hairline that you marked. [3] X Research source If you shave with the 0 guard but find that you want it shorter, just take the guard off and use the clippers against your skin. Don't adjust the clipper length to fade or blend the hair since you want a bold, noticeable look.
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Method 2 of 3:
Styling the Long Top

1
Grow out the top of your hair until it's at least shoulder-length. Ragnar hair is really long so the most challenging thing about this style is growing your hair out in the first place! Long hair is easier to braid and it stands out against the undercut sides. Try to grow out your hair until it at least reaches your shoulders or until it's mid-back length. [4] X Research source To encourage your hair to grow longer, protect it from damage. Don't pull your hair back tightly or dye it while you're growing it out. If you'd like extra length while you're growing out your hair, apply hair extensions that you can remove once your hair is long.
2
Divide the hair into 3 sections that are 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm). Use a comb to evenly segment the long hair on your scalp into 3 sections on the top of your head. Make each about 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm) wide so you have enough hair to braid. Clip each section to keep it them out of your way while you're braiding. If you'd rather do 1 large braid, skip this step.
3
French braid each segment of hair on the top of your head. Work with the center segment first and divide it into 3 smaller sections. Start a regular braid, but add hair from the sides of the segment as you braid across the top of your head. Once you reach the end of your hair, tie off the French braid with a hairband and repeat this for the other 2 segments. [5] X Research source If you have a hard time French braiding your hair, ask a friend to do it for you or go to a hairstylist.
4
Tie the 3 braids together at the nape of your neck. Instead of leaving the 3 braids loose, gather them at the back of your neck and secure them with a hairband. Choose a decorative hairband that matches your look. [6] X Research source For example, Ragnar usually ties his braids back with thin leather strips.
5
Pull on tufts of the hair to give it a rough, worn look. Hairstyles from Vikings don't look smooth or polished, so rough up your French braids by picking at the hair. Use your thumb and forefinger to pull up on the braids so the hairs loosen. You could also rub the palm of your hand back and forth across the top of your head to make the hair a little fuzzy. [7] X Research source This hairstyle looks great after a few days since sleeping on it will give the braids a lived-in look.
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Method 3 of 3:
Variations

1
Put your hair into a top knot if you don't want to braid it. Braiding hair can be trickier than it looks! If you're struggling or your hair isn't long enough, gather the long hair into a ponytail and wrap a hairband around it. Twist the length of hair tightly and wrap the coil around the hairband so it forms a bun. Then, wrap another hairband around it to keep the top knot in place. [8] X Research source The top knot or man bun is a great option for summer when you want to keep your long hair pulled back.
2
Use scissors to cut the top hair short if you don't want to grow it out. Long hair isn't for everyone or you might be tired of growing it out. At some points during the show, Ragnar features cropped hair on the top while the sides are shaved close. To get this look, use scissors to cut the top hair as close to your scalp as you like. [9] X Research source Ragnar sometimes has short, buzzed hair on top. If you'd rather have an even cut on top, use clippers with a 2 or 3 guard when you cut the top hair.
3
Shave your entire head to highlight scalp tattoos. In later seasons of the show, Ragnar shaves his whole head. This is a cool look if you have tattoos on your scalp that you want to be visible. Keep your beard and mustache long if you go this route so you have a rough, Vikings style. [10] X Research source If you want to keep this style for a while, plan on shaving your head every few days. This prevents your style from looking fuzzy!
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