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‘House of the Dragon’ Hair Inspires an Icy Blond Renaissance


Blood, sex, dragons, betrayal and ice-blonds.

These are the essential elements that seem to drive much of the plot on HBO’s “House of the Dragon.” Even if you haven’t watched the first season of the “Game of Thrones” spinoff, which comes to its conclusion this weekend, you may have found yourself scrolling past images of the dazzling buffet of distinctive, incestuous, white-blond characters that populate the show.

For the uninitiated: “House of the Dragon” centers on the Targaryens, a noble dragon-riding family, 172 years before the birth of “Game of Thrones” heroine, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke. Daenerys, known as “Mother of Dragons,” was the white-haired blueprint for this season’s blonds (let’s call her “Mother of Blonds”). In the first book of the series on which “Game of Thrones” is based, the author, George R.R. Martin described the Targaryens as possessing a “striking (some say inhuman) beauty, with lilac or indigo or violet eyes and hair of silver-gold or platinum white.”

Now, with an entire show full of Targaryens, this particular shade of “Targaryen blond” may be taking on a life beyond the Seven Kingdoms. This month, Megan Fox debuted a “Targaryen” blond look on Instagram, trading in her usual brunette for icy blond, sparking headlines in the process. On TikTok, some fans have been reaching for the bleach, citing a Targaryen-inspired urge to go platinum blond, while thousands of others flirt with the look via a user-made filter.

In the context of the show, “Hair plays a massive role,” said Rosalia Culora, the co-hair designer on “House of the Dragon.” From the very beginning of the franchise, hair has acted as an important “giveaway,” she said.

Indeed, fans use hair as a visual signifier — a map to the family ancestry at the core of the show’s central tension. On Reddit, people dissect the meaning of characters’ hair colors and spin theories based on the exact shades.

So in a world where hair is more than just hair, what exactly is Targaryen blond? For one thing, the actors wear wigs.

“It isn’t just one color. There’s multiple strands of colors within that wig,” Ms. Culora said. She said there was a complex process undertaken by the show’s lead hair stylist, Kevin Alexander, the hair team and the wigmaker, Alex Rouse, to make the hair look as natural as possible while battling the unforgiving shade of white.

The fandom itself is divided over the quality of the wigs. On Twitter and elsewhere, there have been mixed feelings over the silver dreadlock wigs of the Velaryon family, who are played by Black actors. Some fans have criticized the Targaryen wigs as well, while others enjoy them (or are largely indifferent).

While Ms. Culora doesn’t follow the hair commentary online, she said, “If people are talking about it and trying to recreate the looks, that’s lovely. That means that we’ve influenced and we’ve inspired.”

He wrote that to go for this color is to make a “commitment to a glamour lifestyle.”

Lisa Opie, a 31-year-old influencer in Miami, also said the Targaryen hair inspired her to go platinum blond this month. Her love affair with the blond traces back to the original show, when she said she would wear platinum blond wigs in the style of Daenerys. Wigs are a “good budget-conscious way to rock that look,” without the commitment or risk of damage, she said.

But the appearance of gray hairs, which were hard to hide with her previous dark hair, influenced her decision to finally commit to Targaryen blond.

“The bleach definitely burned my scalp, like it was really painful and I think that’s something people don’t talk about,” Ms. Opie said. “But I really love my hair and I definitely don’t regret it at all. So, pray for me while I maintain my hair and clean out my bank account.”


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