The one downside to filming Game of Thrones? Not getting to wash her hair

By Kaitlyn Frey
January 18, 2019 02:41 PM
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It may have been bittersweet for Sophie Turner when Game of Thrones wrapped filming its final season, but there’s one thing she’s not sad to leave behind: dirty hair.

“Well, for the first few seasons I was allowed to wash my hair because I was an aristocratic young girl. Towards season 5 they started asking me to not wash my hair and it was really disgusting,” Turner, 22, who plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO show, told InStyle.

She added, “[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.”

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But eventually, Turner admits she switched over to wearing wigs to save her hair from damage (and excessive grease!).

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“Now I wear I wigs 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,” Turner said.

Still, she even without a good shampoo, Turner still prefers using her real hair when channeling characters for a role.

“It’s really empowering thing to use your hair for roles,” she previously told PEOPLE. “When you’re wearing a wig, it gives a sense of momentary transformation and it doesn’t let you really commit to a role. So I try to really use my own hair.”

And her ever-changing hair colors — from blonde to red to black — helped boost her confidence. “As a redhead, I was originally really shy. I was 13 and changed my hair from blonde to red [for the show] and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is so weird, this is not me’,” she told us.

“But my role in Game of Thrones went from being a very vulnerable and insecure young girl to being a powerful woman who is very confident in herself and very empowered. So whenever I think of my red hair, I relate it to such a strong woman.”

Game of Thrones returns April 14 on HBO.