Q: How did you decide on Katniss’ side braid style?
I thought about her character’s reality—she’s a hunter who is active and very physical. So I wanted something easy that an athlete would wear and most importantly wouldn’t get in the way of her bow and arrow. That’s how I decided on the side braid. I also wanted the braid to be visible from all camera angles, so I had it start on the left side of her head and wove it around to the right.
Q: How did you create the look?
First, I started by prepping her hair with the TopStyler to give it texture and movement. Once the curls cooled, I French-braided the hair from the left side—hugging her head all the way around the nape of her neck—and ended on the right side.
Q: Will braids be part of Katniss’ signature style?
Yes, during the scene when she rides a chariot in the Capitol wearing the dress that’s on fire, we mixed in ten different plait styles into her updo. It was like a headdress of braids!
Q: What was your favorite hairstyle for Katniss?
During her interviews in the Capitol we did a ’50s inspired look with loose finger waves that were brushed out. It was soft and glamorous.
Q: What can you tell us about the rest of the tributes?
We chose to create very simple hairstyles for the rest of the tributes because we wanted them to seem sympathetic. For Fox Face we did sort of hair pom poms on the sides, like very cute ears as a play on her nickname.
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