Sophie Turner says she wasn't allowed to wash her hair while filming Game of Thrones 1 year ago

Sophie Turner says she wasn't allowed to wash her hair while filming Game of Thrones


Sophie Turner has revealed that she wasn't allowed to wash her hair while filming some of the seasons of Game of Thrones. 

The 22-year-old has played Sansa Stark, the eldest daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark, for the entire eight seasons of the HBO epic.

However, the actress explained that when season 5 arrived and Sansa left King's Landing, Turner was asked to stop washing her hair.

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She told InStyle

“For the first few seasons I was allowed to wash my hair because I was an aristocratic young girl.

"Towards season five, they started asking me to not wash my hair and it was really disgusting."

After years of dying her hair a fiery shade of red for the role, Turner - who is naturally blonde - wore a wig while filming the final season of Game of Thrones. 

She continued:

"[In the final season] I wear a wig, so I can wash my hair whenever I want, which is nice.

"But for a couple of years I was living with pretty greasy hair. [It was] really itchy!

"Also, we would have the snow machines going so we would have little snow paper particles that would get stuck in the grease. It was disgusting.”

Turner also spoke about the evolution of Sansa's hairstyles, and how it will continue to have an even bigger impact in season eight.

She said:

“For so long, Sansa’s hair changed season by season depending on who was influencing her.

The first few episodes she was a Northerner in Winterfell and took after her mother with a simple braid down the back.

“Then when she went to King’s Landing it was a big, decadent halo that was very much like what [Cersei Lannister] wore.

"With Littlefinger, she dyes her hair black and wears all black. Then she goes back to Winterfell and returns to her mother’s hair. She created her own identity in season seven and that kind of runs through to season eight.

"She’s chosen how she wants her hair to be, and she’s finally the leader and influencer instead of being influenced by everyone else.”

  • Game of Thrones' final season will return to Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in April.