[DIY] Padmé’s Battlemaiden Hair

It’s still summer which means that those of us with long hair are probably still looking for more creative ways to get our hair up and off of our shoulders.  The leading ladies of Star Wars with their very long hair certainly have plenty of different hairstyles to choose from so today, we’ll look to Padmé Amidala, Queen of Naboo, for inspiration!


While Padmé certainly has a heck of a lot more hair than most of us along with hairstyles that (let’s face it) probably utilize a lot of fake hair, she does have a few styles that can be adapted.  Such a hairstyle is the one that Padmé and her handmaidens Rabé and Eirtaé wear during the Battle of Naboo in what is referred to as their ‘Battlemaiden’ outfits.


You definitely need to have long hair for this hairstyle but the good news is that you don’t need much in the way of extras to pull it off: just a brush, two hair-ties, bobby pins, and hairspray.


Step 1: Brush your hair out and put it into a low-to-mid ponytail.  Only twist the elastic twice though because you’re going to need that final twist in a minute.  I just went ahead with the ponytail here so you could see.



Step 2: Pull out a small lock of hair and put it to the side for now.  I found that looping it forward over my ear kept it out of the way.




Step 3: Twist the elastic one final time and pull your hair about halfway through so you’ve got a loop at the top and the rest of your hair is still hanging free beneath it.




Step 4: Take another elastic and loop it around the first elastic and your hair.  Then pull the rest of your hair through and create a second loop at the bottom.




Bobby pin the loose ends underneath so they aren’t flying free and escaping.



Step 5: Take that lock of hair we put aside (or over your ear) earlier and wrap it around the elastics to hide them and then bobby pin the tail beneath to hide it.




Step 6:  Hair spray it.  A lot.  Especially the bottom part.  Then bobby pin the rest of the flyaways/escapees as necessary.

At the end, your hair should look something like this!  (Apologies that mine looks somewhat crooked.  Photographing the back of your head can be tricky.)


And that’s it!  You now have fabulous Battlemaiden Hair and are ready to take on the armies of the Trade Federation!  In all honesty, this hairstyle is a little trickier than the previous two I’ve posted tutorials for.  I’m actually still working on completely perfecting it myself so don’t worry if it takes you a little time to make it work.  As always, you can tweak the tutorial to make it work best for you.  You can check out our previous two Princess Leia hair tutorials and as always, feel free to share with us your pictures of these hairstyles.