Excitement surged through fans worldwide as the first teaser for season two of HBO’s “House of the Dragon” recently graced screens. But amid the anticipation for dragons and epic battles, there’s an equally fervent buzz stirring in the hairstyling industry. Will this new season reignite the passion for silvery blonde manes à la the Targaryen dynasty?
The iconic shade of silvery blonde that defines the Targaryen family has sparked a trend in hairstyling. But where does this ethereal hue originate? The Targaryens, known for their lustrous white hair, owe this distinctive trait to generations of incestuous relationships. Marrying within their own bloodline preserved the recessive hair color, creating a legacy that’s instantly recognizable.
Hairstyles are more than mere fashion statements in the Targaryen saga; they are symbolic. Hairstyles distinguish houses in the seven kingdoms, conveying status, power, and character arcs. Take Daemon Targaryen, whose evolving hairstyles mirrored his journey – from a short, back-swept style, through a shoulder-length tousled ‘do, to lengthy locks worn half-up, a visual narrative of his transformation.
Hairstyles within the Targaryen family are as diverse as their personalities. Rhaenyra’s signature half-up, half-down hairstyle showcased a combination of a braided bun along with a loosely styled fishtail braid at its end. Princess Rhaenys’ distinctive look included frontal braids elegantly crafted into a half bun, leaving the remaining hair cascading freely. Among most characters’ pin-straight hair, Baela Targaryen’s youthful, curly locks offer a refreshing contrast. The silver dreadlock wigs of the Velaryon family, portrayed by Black actors, exude an otherworldly beauty.
But for those eager to emulate the Targaryen’s icy blonde locks, professional colorists caution to temper their expectations. While natural blondes have a head start, achieving and maintaining this shade requires significant lifting and expert handling. An initial appointment could cost hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars and take hours, with ongoing touch-ups and scrupulous care to sustain the color’s vibrancy.
Rosalia Culora, the esteemed hair and makeup artist behind “Game of Thrones” and “House of the Dragon,” unveils a professional secret: the iconic Targaryen blonde was achieved through meticulously crafted wigs. Collaborating with the Alex Rouse Wig Company and Kevin Alexander, whom she calls “the King of the original Targaryen wigs,” birthed the looks that inspired the craze.
For those hesitant to commit time and resources to embrace this mystical blonde shade, wigs offer a practical alternative. Experimenting with TikTok filters provides a sneak peek before diving into a transformative change.
The imminent return of “House of the Dragon” has set hearts racing and follicles tingling, but the pursuit of Targaryen blonde beauty isn’t without its challenges. As fans await the unfolding drama, the allure of reproducing this iconic hair color persists, keeping the fiery passion for Targaryen-inspired hairstyles ablaze.