Pink poufs, big braids, out-there dos — there were lots of crazy hairstyles mentioned in The Hunger Games books, and bringing those looks to life was quite the challenge for Linda Flowers, lead hairstylist on the set of the first film.
“There was so much hair-color work — more than any movie I have ever worked on,” Flowers tells BeautyHigh.com. But the volume of work was exciting, too. “There were no guidelines of what this future looked like style-wise, so I knew I could be creative,” she adds.
Drawing some inspiration from old Hollywood, Flowers styled Elizabeth Banks, who plays the eccentric Effie Trinket in the film. “She was sophisticated yet whimsical,” she says, adding, “How often do you get to put pink-and-green hair on someone?”
But the most iconic hairstyle of the series has to be Katniss Everdeen’s signature braid (above), created by her mother and replicated by her stylist in the books. “[It] took about 20 minutes,” Flowers explains. “I first used the TopStyler by InStyler to create texture in [Jennifer Lawrence’s] hair, then I did a French braid from her left side, scooping down her nape and over to the right side. I tried to create something a little more interesting than just a side braid.” The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23. Tell us: Which Hunger Games character is your favorite?