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January 18, 2019 at 09:41 AM EST

Having a bad hair day? Sophie Turner had bad hair years.

The Game of Thrones star says she had to abstain from washing her hair during the filming of the latter seasons of the show.

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In an interview with InStyle, the actress who portrays Sansa Stark reveals, “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. [In the final season] I wear a wig, so I can wash my hair whenever I want, which is nice. But yes, 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.”

And, yes, in case you’re wondering, Turner says her male co-stars were asked to do the same thing. Principal photography for on Game of Thrones can typically last up to seven months per season (or, in the case of the upcoming final season, 10 months).

Turner is naturally blonde and for years dyed her hair to play the redheaded Stark, then went back to her natural color in 2017 and began wearing an elaborate wig on the show like her co-star Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen).

The actress added that Sansa’s hairstyle evolution over the years has been rather carefully plotted. “The first few episodes she was a Northerner in Winterfell and took after her mother with a simple braid down the back,” she said. “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.”

Read the InStyle story for more of Turner’s interview.

Game of Thrones returns April 14.

Related:
— Game of Thrones showrunners assure a real season 8 trailer is coming
— All the Game of Thrones season 8 teaser videos in one place

HBO’s epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin’s novels.
type
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seasons
7
episodes
67
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run date
04/17/11
Status
On Hiatus
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