A Selection of Pop Culture-Inspired Hair Tutorials


YouTube is a huge and diverse place, but over the years, certain types of video content have proved more popular and widespread than others. There’s the cat videos, the dudes-playing-bass-guitar videos, the teenage vloggers — and then there are the hair and makeup tutorials, which may just be the best things to ever come out YouTube that don’t feature adorable animals. In fact, for the pop culture-obsessed among us who’ve always wanted to look like our favorite characters without having to spend money on wigs, hair tutorials are a must. We’ve rounded up the coolest hairstyles we could find, and surprise! Most of them are pretty easy to do, provided you have a lot of hair and a lot of time.

Princess Leia

Bad news, nerds — not all of Leia’s many hairstyles in the Star Wars films are possible without some serious extensions. You can do your own version of the buns, though, by following the steps of this video tutorial.

Sansa Stark

You’ll be the envy of all the other ladies of King’s Landing with this hairstyle from Game of Thrones. Just don’t do what Sansa did and get yourself betrothed to a horrifyingly abusive king! Seriously, the second he starts taunting the butcher’s son, get yourself the heck out of there. Flee with your sister’s wolf into the woods!

Janelle Monáe

For ladies with a bit more body and curl to their hair, here’s a great tutorial by Toni Daley, inspired by the queen of futuristic R&B herself, Ms. Janelle Monáe.

Katniss Everdeen

The braid that made the Girl on Fire famous is known as a Dutch braid and is actually pretty simple to do on yourself. All you need is a lot of patience, spatial awareness, and practice.

Legolas Greenleaf

Braids aren’t just for girls, of course; they’re also for elves! Those don’t exist, though, so this lady is going to teach you how to do the style that Legolas wears for most of the Lord of the Rings movies. You’ll be the prettiest princess in Rivendell, just like he was!

Betty Draper

Looking for something a little classier than braids? You can try your hand at this retro ’60s bun, which Betty Draper wore on her trip to Rome in the third season of Mad Men.

Lady Gaga

It’s hard to keep up with Gaga’s ever-changing appearance, but almost everybody remembers the giant hair bow she used to wear during her “Just Dance” phase. Now that it’s been a few years, you can probably wear this style out at a fancy event without people singing “Born this Way” at you everywhere you go, so there’s never been a better time to try it out.

Taylor Swift

Unlike Gaga, Taylor rarely changes her style — it’s always the classic tight curls for her. To do this look you’ll need a curling iron, but the girl in this video makes it look pretty easy. How come none of us ever thought to use a heat resistant glove when using heating tools?


From the same girl who brought us the Katniss braid above, here’s a style inspired by the hyperactive Al Bhed girl Rikku from Final Fantasy X and X-2. For such a messy ‘do, it takes a surprising amount of work.

Princess Tiana

Here’s another one for natural hair that children will love — the beautiful updo worn by Tiana in the movie The Princess and the Frog, as modeled by one of the most adorable little kids we’ve ever seen.

Rose from Titanic

This romantic-looking updo was inspired by the hair Kate Winslet wore in Titanic, but it would also look great for any Regency-era costume or fancy event. Thankfully, your beautiful coiffure isn’t destined to get totally wrecked by icy, salty waters like hers did. Well, not unless someone throws a frozen margarita at you.

Sailor Moon

This girl seems to be completely embracing the persona of Sailor Moon right down to her bubbly voice, and with her help (and about 20 inches of hair), you can, too. You probably shouldn’t do it all the time, though — at least, not if you’re also going to be a crime fighter like Sailor Moon. Seriously, in real life everyone’s going to be able to tell it’s you with that style.