There are about a million reasons to love The Hunger Games‘ heroine Katniss Everdeen. Her kick butt, no excuses attitude is a wonderful role model for girls of all ages. The best part? She does it all with effortless style. We’ve got the inside details on her signature hairstyles — and how you can get the same look at home.
Get Katniss Everdeen’s braids
Katniss Everdeen’s life is not exactly a fairy tale. The 16-year-old lives in the poverty-stricken area of District 12, known as The Seam. Her time is spent hunting and trying to survive, leaving little opportunity to worry about anything else. So, it’s only natural that hair stylists behind the film wanted to strip actress Jennifer Lawrence of her luxurious blonde hair.
Create Katniss’ signature braid
“Katniss’ battle look is a sporty variation on the classic French braid,” Penna told us. Getting the hairstyle is relatively simple, just as long as you’re able to create a French braid.
Add a texture spray to dry hair. Penna’s go-to is Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric Mineral.
Gather a front section of hair above your ear and begin with the typical French braid stitch. Enlist the help of a friend if you need extra hands.
As you continue your braid, guide hair in a diagonal line across the back of your head by collecting strands from each side as you go, advises Penna.
Once you reach the nape of your neck, finish the look with a common braid and secure the ends with a clear elastic.
Set the knotted style with a light spritz of hairspray. Penna likes Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer.
Add some sex appeal by pulling face-framing pieces out of the braid around your face.
Get Katniss’ sexy Capitol updo
Katniss was out of her element when she was whisked to the Capitol for Hunger Games preparation. There, she was introduced to things she never experienced before, including beautiful fashion, makeup and different hairstyles.
Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz) created this simple chignon updo for her presentation and interview with Caesar. Want to recreate it for yourself? You’re in luck — it’s even easier than the French braid.
Create Katniss’ simple chignon hairstyle
Work a bit of mousse or anti-frizz serum into dry hair to tame strands before starting.
Pull hair into a tight ponytail. You can either opt for one at the base of the head or higher up toward the crown, depending on your preference. Secure with an elastic band.
Tuck the ponytail under and pin it with enough bobby pins to keep it secure. Add hairspray to keep the hold.
Pull out some pieces around your face to create a sexy, tousled look.
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How would you style your hair to look like Katniss Everdeen?