The 15 Most Memorable Man-Hair Moments in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Ranked

Rachel Krause
The 15 Most Memorable Man-Hair Moments in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Ranked
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I’m as obsessed with “Game of Thrones” hairstyles as the next girl who can’t braid without a YouTube video tutorial, but five seasons into the saga, we already know what’s up. Daenerys’s braids and ringlets, Cersei’s perfect polished waves (RIP), Sansa’s elaborate updos—been there, almost had to cut a piece of my hair out because I got it too tangled while trying to recreate them.

It goes without saying, then, that all of the hair, makeup, wardrobe, and general aesthetic of the show is pretty much impeccable, and I could, and have, waxed on and on about how beautiful it is and how just hearing the theme song moves me to tears. But why would I do that when I can pause to appreciate the underrated, magical thing that is the show’s commitment to ridiculous man-hair?

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From Ned Stark’s signature half-up ‘do to the lush waves and accent braid preferred by Daario Naharis, “Game of Thrones” is packed with dudes who seem to take their hair ever so slightly too seriously. Behold, my 15 favorite moments in medieval male hairstyles, ranked in order of importance to the storyline. JK, none of them are important to the storyline—but they are certainly memorable, and only two of them involve Jon Snow. Spoilers ahead!

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#15: This is where it all began: with King Robert Baratheon arriving in Winterfell, where the Starks have been nervously preparing for winter for the past, like, hundred years, bringing along his shitty family and his gray-tinged half-up ponytail and lustrous beard combo.

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#14: The weirdly sexy, never-been-washed mane and beard of Tormund Giantsbane, a beloved leader of the Free Folk.

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#13: Here, as seen on Stannis Baratheon, is the receding hairline of a man who stands idly by as his sweet, bookish young daughter Princess Shireen is burned at the stake as a blood sacrifice to the Lord of Light. Fucking Melisandre.

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#12: Sure, Ned Stark's ratty split ends could have used a trim, but he didn't need to get that much taken off the top, if you catch my drift. ;-)

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#11: Daario Naharis is all about the art of seduction and the accent braid.

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#10: Matching deep side parts for the Hound and his charge Arya Stark. He's supposed to be holding her for ransom, but they end up becoming buddies, because friends who part their hair together stay together.

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#9: The man, the myth, the coercive sex enthusiast: Khal Drogo's long braid and ponytail beard make their first scary-hot appearance.

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#8:Proof that a single statement accessory does wonders, even if it's just a gold thing for your beard and you're on your deathbed. (It was an accident!!!)

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#7: Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly officially swear their oaths to the Night's Watch. Their hair lacks volume.

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#6: Jaime Lannister or Brienne of Tarth: who wore the messy middle-part better?

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#5: No longer a captive, dignity restored, Jaime celebrates with a new haircut.

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#4:The only thing that sucked more than Joffrey Baratheon was Joffrey Baratheon's annoying close-cropped haircut, complete with his familial crown. Ridiculous.

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#3:Ramsay is finally allowed to shed himself of his illegitimate Snow surname, but just because he's a Bolton now doesn't mean he's not still the worst. Has hair covering the forehead ever looked good on any man?

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#2: Jon Snow's beautiful snow-covered head, making a magnanimous, martyr-y decision for what would be the last time. (Probably.)

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#1: I don't even care about the hair anymore; this huge fucking dragon is here now.

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