Braided Beard: Complete Guide to an Epic Viking Beard


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If you want a legendary beard style, then you need only look at the Vikings. Their braided beards and unique accessories spoke to their high standards of hygiene and personal style. For those who aren’t afraid to try something new, this look works perfectly with a full beard or long beard style.

This guide shows you all the latest braided beard trends, as well as a simple step-by-step approach to braiding your own facial hair.

What is a Braided Beard?

A braided beard is a symbol of legendary Vikings. To braid facial hair, it needs to be grown to 4 inches in length or greater. Typically, beards are woven into 1 to 3 braids and adorned with jewelry, like beads or rings.

Braided beards are a historic style that dates back to Viking Norsemen and Scottish warlords. By weaving one or multiple braids, you join a class of beardsmen who’ve sported this look since ancient times.

It’s best to soften your beard hair before braiding, especially if you want to braid strands higher up on your jaw or chin.

Braided Beard Styles

Braiding your beard doesn’t require much time after the first try. However, you may want to practice first. Before we show the technique, here are a few different beard braids to check out before styling your own.

Braiding works for any face shape – though longer shapes handle the look best, and there are multiple ways to customize your braids, as I mentioned with beard rings and beads.

Single Viking Beard Braid

There are more than a few ways to twist a braid. For some looks, you may want more facial hair around your jawline, thus only choosing to braid the longer hair of your beard.

Others choose to go with a long singular braid, or they may even braid the top beard hair. 

Braided beard style with a single braid.
Beard fully styled into 1 braid.
Single beard braid and two beard rings
Full ginger beard and a single beard braid plus two beard rings. Image source: Viking Kristall
Long beard with one braid.
Viking beard styles typically feature a beard ring or beard bead adornment.

Two Braids

You may need more of a yeard beard to get this next look. These styles typically look best with more beard hair, but goatees and short beards can also have two braids.

Beards with two braids
Double braid
Viking Long Braided Beard
Floki with a long beard and two spaced-out braids. Image courtesy of Matt Bigelow via

Traditional Viking Beard Braid

This is the beard Vikings go to the most with short braids; however, each warrior had their own hairstyle. Viking beards don’t always use a full braid but would secure their beard braids with different accessories such as beard ring bead jewelry, like steel beard rings or wood beads. 

Viking braids with short beard
Vikings often braided and dreaded their long beards, using steel and beaded accessories.
Viking beard rings
Viking beard ring variations. Image source:
Viking beard with braids and bead jewelry
Viking beard with double braids and bead jewelry. Image source: Sons of Vikings.
Braided Beard with Rings
Simple Full Beard – 2 Braids with Rings. Image courtesy of Reddit. See more Bald with Beard Styles.

Unique Braided Style Beards

From pirates to Vikings to Celtic beard styles, braids are a common feature and popular in fantasy films.

Johnny Depp Beard Dreads
Johnny Depp braided his beard to play Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

For example, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit featured intricately woven braided beards.

Hobbit beard braids and rings
Hobbit style braids. Image source: One Wiki to Rule Them All

However, Marvel’s Thor also called back to the Viking days of old with a fishtail braided beard and a Viking braid hairstyle.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor and a single beard braid.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor with a viking beard braid. Image courtesy of SA Gamer.

How to Braid a Beard

As you can see, there are many ways to braid your beard, but it works a little bit better for bearded men with long hair. However, there’s a simple way to create beard braids without putting too much thought into it.

Before styling your beard this way, you’ll need to grow your beard hair to a minimum of 4 or 5 inches so that it’s long enough to weave through other strands. If your beard hair is too thick or bushy, you may want to soften and straighten your beard.

Here’s how to braid your beard:

1. Determine the Style of Braid

It’s best to braid the longest hair, which should be under the chin, but you may want to spread out your braids from left to right. We’ll show you to braid a single beard braid, but you can use this technique to try multiple braids.

2. Divide Your Braid Sections

Comb out your beard so you can divide it into three sections. If creating a single braid, you may want to start closer to your chin or keep some of your beard hair unbraided at the top, only braiding the last 4 to 6 inches of beard.

The single beard braid is best if you’re beard shaping for a long braid, but thick beards can often have double braids or more. You’ll need more hair to grow and style this look.

Each braid will need the same half-inch to an inch section width. Take note of the symmetry and spacing between your braids if you’re creating multiple pieces.

3. Start Braiding the First Strand

Start in the middle with the center braid (if going with our tri-braid look). Take your beard hair into your hands and split the section into 3 parts, holding them in your left and right hand. You’ll move the left section over the middle, weaving underneath the section on the right.

4. Weave Your Braid

After you’ve selected the strands and separated out three pieces, you’ll weave them in and out. Here’s a video from a Viking beard lover showing you how to weave a braided beard.

5. Repeat for Left and Right Braids

You should evenly space out your braids if going for the three braids. However, you may want to only do one large braid or even just two braids on either side of your mouth. Once you get the hang of braiding your beard hair, you may also want to secure these braids with beads, rings, and other beard jewelry.

When trimming your beard hair after braiding, you may want to unbraid and re-braid your hair to grow a long beard.

To complete your look, don’t forget to massage some beard oil underneath your hair to moisturize your skin.

Over to You

Growing an epic Viking beard is not just about style but also about embracing a rich cultural heritage.

Braiding your beard is an important aspect of achieving this look, and by following the tips outlined in this guide, you can take your beard game to the next level. Start braiding your beard today and showcase your inner Viking spirit for all to see.


What is a braided beard called?

A braided beard is commonly known as a “Goatee Braid”. However, there are various styles and techniques for braiding a beard, including the fishtail braid, French braid, and Viking braid.

Each style creates a unique look and requires different levels of skill and maintenance. It’s essential to use proper beard care products and techniques to keep the braids looking neat and healthy.

Why do men braid their beards?

Men braid their beards for various reasons, including cultural, fashion, and personal expression. In some cultures, braiding a beard is a tradition that represents masculinity, strength, and wisdom.

For others, it’s a way to stand out and express their individuality through creative and unique beard styles. Braiding a beard can also help keep it neat and tidy, preventing tangles and split ends. Additionally, it can be a fun and challenging hobby for those who enjoy grooming and styling their facial hair.

How long should a braided beard be?

The length of a braided beard depends on the desired style and the individual’s personal preference. However, a general rule of thumb is that the beard should be at least three inches long to braid it properly.

This length allows for enough hair to create a tight and secure braid without causing discomfort or damage to the skin. It’s also essential to keep the beard well-groomed and moisturized to prevent breakage and promote healthy hair growth.

How do you do a braided beard?

To braid a beard, follow these steps:
– Wash and dry the beard to remove any dirt, oil, or product buildup.
– Comb the beard to remove tangles and knots.
– Divide the beard into three equal sections, holding one section in each hand and the middle section between the index and middle fingers.
– Cross the right section over the middle section, then cross the left section over the new middle section.
– Repeat this process, alternating between crossing the right and left sections over the middle section until you reach the desired length.
– Secure the braid with a hair tie or beard band.
– Apply beard oil or balm to the beard to keep it moisturized and healthy.

There are various braiding techniques each requires different levels of skill and maintenance. It’s essential to practice and experiment with different techniques to find the best style for your beard.

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I'm the founder of Bald & Beards, an amateur barber and I've been obsessed with men's grooming, styles, and trends for over 20 years.