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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Book Review: Badass Braids by Shannon Burns

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book from Quarto Press via EdelweissPlus, free of charge, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

If you want to spice up those earlier karaoke sessions, 
you may want to check out this book!

badass braids cover


YouTube star Silvousplaits offers detailed tips on how to recreate your favorite hairstyles from Game of ThronesLord of the Rings, and Star Wars in Badass Braids.

Recreate the braids, buns, and twists of your favorite historical, sci-fi, and fantasy heroes and heroines with Badass Braids. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions will show you how to make the hairstyles from Game of ThronesThe Hunger GamesStar TrekStar WarsThe Legend of ZeldaVikingsThe Lord of the Rings, and more.

In Badass Braids, Shannon shows you how to transform your hair, step by step. The book covers braids and styles from a full spectrum of fantasy worlds (and galaxies), from ancient adversaries and viking warriors to romantic renegades and sci-fi heroines.

With an introduction to the styling techniques for different kinds of basic braids, interviews with behind-the-scenes stylists and actors, and original styles inspired by fan-favorites, you will learn to recreate the hairstyles of Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Anne Boleyn (The Tudors), the Norse king Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings), Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones), and many more.

Badass Braids is the perfect gift for geeky men and women of all ages!

Badass Braids sample 1


If you want theatrical braids, then THIS is the book for you! Because most of these braids are time intensive, I would call them for special occasions and events, rather than being everyday ones. Many feature multiple smaller braids tied into a larger different braid, and require what seems like 3/4 hands! LOL. But they are stunning when completed. My only gripe is that there are line drawings to show you styles, but what you really need are more color pictures of EACH style, so match to the line drawing to make sure your braid is looking right. plus some have intricate finishing, that even with the drawing, may not make sense, but seeing a close up picture of WHERE to place the hair would be a HUGE help. I would suggest finding the matching videos, is at all possible for some of the techniques as well. It's a good place to start for ideas, and again, it's great for special events! Course, if you're home for a month, you just might be able to master all the techniques (and having those extra hands!) in this book!

Badass Braids samples

About the Author:

When she’s not studying for her PhD in social neuroscience, Silvousplaits (a.k.a. Shannon Burns) is creating and posting weekly instructional videos on her YouTube channel of DIY hair art that mimics the hairstyles of valiant men and women in the best historical, sci-fi, and fantasy shows and movies. She started her Internet hair adventures in February 2013, after a post to reddit.com/r/gameofthrones went viral. Since then, her tutorials have been featured on HBO Watch, mtv.com, Buzzfeed, and the History Channel. She also posts tutorials for her own original designs from time to time, as well as basic hairstyling tips and haircare information based on scientific research. Outside of YouTube, she provides personal hairstyling services.

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