The Shannara Chronicles Hairstyles

The Shannara Chronicles Hairstyles

The new MTV show The Shannara Chronicles joins several other new post-apolyctitpical dystopian future style science fiction and fantasy shows like The 100, Into The Badlands, and Vikings. I’m, obviously, eating it up because I love just about all fantasy shows that aren’t disastrously terrible; and thus far, it’s been a great immersive and cinematic experience getting into a new worlds mythos. While it still has the feel of a CW teen drama, mtv seems to be pushing a bit on the limits of nudity, and the show will hopefully get a bit grittier as the season progresses.

The Shannara Chronicles Logo Title Screen
The Shannara Chronicles Logo Title Screen
The Shannara Chronicles based on books by Terry Brooks
The Shannara Chronicles based on books by Terry Brooks

The Shannara Chronicles story is set on earth thousands of years in the future. Where our current civilization long ago destroyed itself, causing off-shoots of human evolution into dwarves, gnomes, and trolls. And after the destruction of the technologically based society the elves revealed themselves and magic to the world. So of course there are evil elves too that seem to be orc like creatures having delved to deeply into the depths of dark magic. Oh, and it’s the story from the second book of a trilogy, so you can get caught up on the world and character histories if you want.





In the first few episodes that have aired, there’s been a nice mix of classy women’s hairstyles and more fun, The 100 grounders-like, grunge styles. And happily, the detail of haircuts isn’t limited to just the women in the show. With Manu Bennett, of Spartacus fame, playing Allanon and Austin Butler playing Wil Ohmsford, the Shannara Chronicles already have a good mix of intense and more chill men’s hairstyles. While I’m focusing on a few of the major characters here, look out for the extras and minor characters for more cool braided hairstyles.

Clearly we should start with Amberle (Poppy Drayton) because she’s the first character we meet going into the story. Unfortunately, the other elves that we meet immediately, like Amberle’s “boyfriend” and Amberle are the most awkward actors on the show. Fortunately Amberle’s boyfriend is short-lived. lol. Anyhow, check out some of her sportier, adventuring out in the world hairstyles first. And then a couple more elegant, over-done cocktail-party, hairstyles.

Amberle Poppy Drayton In The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle Poppy Drayton In The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle Poppy Drayton Hairstyle In The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle Poppy Drayton Hairstyle In The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle simple hairstyle back
Amberle simple hairstyle back and her great-aunt’s cool braided hair
Poppy Drayton Hairstyle
Poppy Drayton Hairstyle
Amberle simple twists hair
Amberle simple twists hair
Wil and Amberle hairstyles
Wil and Amberle hairstyles
Amberle cocktail party dress and hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle cocktail party dress and hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Poppy Drayton Party Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Poppy Drayton Party Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle sharp hairstyle in The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle sharp hairstyle in The Shannara Chronicles
Braided Hairstyles In The Shannara Chronicles
Braided Hairstyles In The Shannara Chronicles
braided hair updo The Shannara Chronicles
braided hair updo The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle The Shannara Chronicles
Amberle simple pretty hairstyle in the shannara chronicles
Amberle simple pretty hairstyle in the shannara chronicles
Amberle crown wrap around braid hairstyle
Amberle crown wrap around braid hairstyle
Amberle crown wrap around braid hair
Amberle crown wrap around braid hair
amberle the shannara chronicles elf ear jewelry
amberle the shannara chronicles elf ear jewelry
Poppy Drayton In The Shannara Chronicles
Poppy Drayton In The Shannara Chronicles

Eretria (Ivana Baquero) obviously has the coolest hair as a “rover” which is what The Shanarra Chronicles call a sort of nomadic gypsy like group of humans. She has this cool faux-undercut braid on the left side of her head. But not just braided, there are hair feathers (I thought that trend stopped a while back?), and colored strings stitched into the braids making them into a sort of dreadlock that looks great without the actual grunge and dirtiness of actual dreads. I’m expecting awesomeness from her character in the rest of the show.

Eretria Full costume style The Shannara Chronicles
Eretria Full costume style The Shannara Chronicles
Eretria braids and feathers hair in The Shannara Chronicles
Eretria braids and feathers hair in The Shannara Chronicles
Eretria Ivana Baquero cool braided hair
Eretria Ivana Baquero cool braided hair
Eretria Ivana Baquero braided hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Eretria Ivana Baquero braided hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Eretria stitched braids feathers hair in The Shannara Chronicles
Eretria stitched braids feathers hair in The Shannara Chronicles
Austin Butler and Ivana Baquero in The Shannara Chronicles
Austin Butler and Ivana Baquero in The Shannara Chronicles
Wil and Eretria in The Shannara Chronicles
Wil and Eretria in The Shannara Chronicles

I’m not yet sold on Wil Ohmsford as a character. But the performance by Austin Butler in the dreamscape scene where Amberle enters the tree and had to kill him to prove that she’s worthy gives me hope for his acting and character. Not to mention he looks better with the pulled back, more intense, hairstyle. Regardless, MTV is doing a great job integrating modern mens hairstyles into a fantasy world removed from current day by thousands of years. Wether you’re a fan of the man-bun or not I think long hair for men is going to be around for a while.

Wil Ohmsford Austin Butler Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Wil Ohmsford Austin Butler Pulled Back Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Wil Ohmsford Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Wil Ohmsford Man-bun Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
wil long blond mens hair the shannara chronicles
wil long blond mens hair the shannara chronicles

Allanon really anchors the first few episodes as an experienced actor in the much grittier fantasy role in Spartacus. Without him the show really would be much more lost in a sea of angsty teen dramas. His haircut is trim, modern, and sharp. It reminds me a bit of Brad Pitt’s look in Fury, but bolder because it’s longer and has the completely shaved side fade.

Sharp Mens Hairstyle Allanon Manu Bennett in The Shannara Chronicles
Sharp Mens Hairstyle Allanon Manu Bennett in The Shannara Chronicles
Allanon hair cut the shannara chronicles top
Allanon hair cut the shannara chronicles top
Allanon The Shannara Chronicles
Allanon The Shannara Chronicles
Allanon haircut the shannara chronicles
Allanon haircut the shannara chronicles

Obviously I had to show this hairstyle too. The evil shapeshifter woman working for the magic elf druid has a pretty badass look. Dark magic needs love too.

Evil Changeling blonde twists Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
Evil Changeling blonde twists Hairstyle The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles Magic Elf Druid and Changeling With Cool Hair
The Shannara Chronicles Magic Elf Druid and Changeling With Cool Hair
Cinematic Enviroment in the shannara chronicles
Cinematic Enviroment in the shannara chronicles