More Katniss Hair

“Capitol TV” just released an exclusive clip from The Hunger Games.  I continue to be impressed with the spot-on marketing job that Lionsgate (or is it Lionsgate/Summit now?) has been doing for this film.  Of course there was never a question of whether I would see it or not, but I’m still really enjoying the way they are doing so much with a Capitol flavor, playing right into the atmosphere of the book.  Like these ads, for example.

I bought tickets for myself and my friends the day they went on sale, and I’ve started planning themed activities to keep ourselves occupied (and psyched) while we wait in line for the midnight showing.  The other part of my preparations, as mentioned earlier, involves trying to figure out how to braid my hair like Katniss wears hers in the movie.  (That’s the extent of my costume for this one.  But I fully intend to go a little more elaborate for The Hobbit in December.  I’m thinking Elf ears.)

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to all the glimpses of Katniss’s hair that we’ve seen in the trailers and spots released so far.  I’ve also sifted through many of the Katniss hair tutorials on youtube, and I’ve concluded that none of them are quite accurate.  (At least not as of this writing).  And my last post on the subject is misleading as well.  I think some of the confusion is because there are three variations on the side-braid that she wears at different points during of the story.  (But all of the variations start on her left and end over her right shoulder, so, come on youtube hairstylists, that’s a pretty basic detail to get right.)

The three variations on her basic hairstyle could be categorized as District 12 Braid, Tribute Training Braid, and Arena Braid.  She won’t really have Arena Braid the entire time she’s in the arena, though; it’s the fanciest version of the hairstyle and it’s what she wears when she first enters the deadly game, but shots from later scenes show she has reverted to District 12 Braid.  This makes total sense and is in line with the book, in which she talks about re-braiding her hair in the arena.  And of course she would braid it the same way she always had at home.  Also, Arena Braid is difficult.  I’m not sure I’m going to be able to pull it off, so I’ll probably settle for the Training Braid.

All three are Dutch braids, which just means you put each strand under instead of over the others as you braid.  You still add hair to the three strands as you go like you do for a French braid.

District 12 Braid is the most simple.  It starts fairly low on the left side of her head and stays low across the back of her head.  Her hair is basically parted down the middle and falls down into the braid rather than being pulled back into it.

Notice the braid starts about even with her ear, maybe a little lower (hard to judge at this angle)

The Tribute Training Braid starts a bit higher up on the left side of her head, and the braid goes at a diagonal  angle across the back of her head instead of tracing around the nape of her neck.  (This is basically the style that most of the youtube tutorials follow).  The hair on the right side of the head is not simply pulled back into the braid, it is twisted a bit.  At least it appears to be twisted in two places, (see final two pics in this set).  Some of these are from the clip above.  Looking at other pictures that have been released, braids seem to be a fairly popular (mandatory?) hairstyle for female tributes in training.

Finally, the Arena Braid is the most elaborate version, with a small braid starting near the crown of the head and curving around rather than going in a straight diagonal line.  The strands from the right side of the head are all twisted a bit and it looks very pretty; you can see it best when she is ascending in the tube to the arena.

Later in the arena, like in the scenes from the first teaser trailer we saw, her hair is much more disheveled and resembles her originalDistrict 12 Braid, falling down from a middle part and not pulled or twisted back.

She's got her black arena jacket and silver arrows here, if you need proof that it isn't just a shot of her in the woods back home.

I think this is a kill shot. If you've read the books it's pretty obvious what this scene must be, (Katniss running into a clearing and immediately loosing an arrow).

Of course I’m completely leaving out Katniss’s reaping hairstyle, (which I would say is basically her side braid pinned over on top of itself,) and the Girl on Fire hair, (which is too elaborate for me to even attempt and looks like it involves clip-ons of extra hair anyway.)

 

**update** having seen the film, i noticed that her Arena Braid actually includes a small separate braid on the right side of her head, that i labeled in the pictures above as a twist, that is incorporated into the larger braid at the bottom.

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9 responses to “More Katniss Hair

  1. interesting interview with the hairdresser for the movie who says “This [the style] wasn’t for fashion, this was for the fact that she was trying to survive and had to hunt and she was a tomboy. So the braid I chose — I chose to go from one side and wrap it around her nape — was for function so when she would go to reach for an arrow it wouldn’t catch on her hair.”

    source:
    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/03/22/hunger-games-hair-guru/?ew_packageID=20419951

  2. For anyone who is trying to do this, it is a 4-stranded dutch braid* in all of these scenes. I know this because I have worn my hair this way since I was 6 or 7.
    If you can’t do a 4-stranded dutch braid, most people can’t tell the difference between that and a 3-stranded which is easier.
    I can now do this style in 60 seconds (I’ve times it) and my hair naturally reaches my waist so it can be come a nice quick style!

    * a dutch braid is done the same way as a french braid, but you cross the outer strands under the middle strand rather than over. This is the same basic technique as for doing cornrows

  3. anonym

    is there anybody who knows how to do the hairstyle katniss wears at the parade?
    btw, great article!

  4. THIS IS WRONG!

    ITS THE SAME BRAID! IT WAS JUST DONE AGAIN EVERY TIME THEY FILMED, COURSE THEY MIGHT LOOK A BIT DIFFERENT, OVER ALL ITS THE SAME STYLE FROM HER LEFT EAR TO THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF HER HEAD(ALSO IT STARTS WITH 3 ON HER HEAD AND TURNS TO FOUR WHEN ITS FALLING TOWARD THE GROUND) SERIOUSLY, THEY EVEN MENTIONED THAT IT IS THE SAME BRAID, JUST DONE DIFFERENTLY A NUMBER OF TIMES IN THE INTERVIEWS! DON’T BELIEVE ME? HERE IS A VIDEO WHERE THE HEAD STYLIST SAYS SO TO, AND A TUTORIAL TO SHOW YOU HOW IT COULD BE DONE A LITTLE DIFFIDENTLY BY MISTAKE! ALSO IS GOOD IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO DO THE BRAID PROPERLY

    • you really don’t need to be shouting. this post was based on trailers and posters before the movie came out. having seen the movie now 3 times myself i will maintain that Katniss’ District 12 braid is different from her Training/Arena braid.
      seriously, take your caps lock off next time or i’ll block you. there’s no reason for rudeness over a hairdo.

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