Hunger Games-Insp​ired Hair

With the much-anticipated movie premiere around the corner, Nicholas Penna Jr., owner and lead stylist at Salon Capri sent us Hunger Games-inspired hair tips. Nick can give instructions on how to make these looks wearable and recreate the styles at home.

While their haughty attitudes make Capitol citizens in The Hunger Games less than likable, the characters’ bold hairstyles are hard to miss. Big and colorful embellished ‘dos worn by people of The Capitol are contrasted by the simple and sporty styles common in other districts.

Capitol Citizens’ Embellished Frizz







· To make this bold look more wearable, Nick recommends playing off of a single element of the style such as frizz, color or embellishment.

· Adding a colorful flower or bow to your hair style gives your look a fun pop of color. Use bobby pins to secure a natural flower or colorful bow to one side of your head above your ear and arrange hair around it to hide the pins.

· To incorporate temporary pastel tints into your ‘do, Nick recommends running the tip of a piece of soft chalk across the strands you want to color. The more coats you use, the brighter the color will become. It’s important to only use chalks on dry hair, as wet hair will cause chalk to stain lighter hair’s natural pigment. Nick suggests clipping colored locks across the front of your head and securing them with a headband for a look straight from the movie.

· Big hair accessories and pastel hues can be overkill when paired with bold jewelry. When sporting colored or embellished locks, Nick recommends keeping the look clean with subtle jewelry and accessories.

· To score a subtler version of Effie’s frizz, first add a texture spray to dry locks and set your hair in pin curls. Nick recommends Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric Mineral for added volume and texture. Once the curls have formed, lightly tease your hair from the crown to the back of the head using hairspray and a natural bristle brush. Nick recommends Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer.

Katness’ Sporty Side Braid



· Katness’ battle look is a sporty variation on the classic French braid.

· To score this style, add a texture spray to dry hair. Nick suggests Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric Mineral.

· Gather the front section of hair above your ear and begin with the typical French braid stitch.

· 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.

· 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. Nick’s go-to for a soft hold is Shu Uemura’s Sheer Laquer.

· For a sexy, messy look, let angled pieces fall softly around your face.

Haymitch’s Piecey Center Part



· Men can achieve Haymitch’s soft center part and piecey blonde waves with the help of the right styling products.

· Start with wet hair, and part it directly in the center using a fine toothed comb.

· To add texture, apply a dime-sized portion of styling wax to the lower half of your strands. Nick recommends L’Oreal Professionnel Homme Wax for piecey waves.

· If your hair is straight or wavy, let it dry naturally and finish with a spritz of texture spray. Nick uses Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric Mineral.

· If your locks are a little more unruly, blow dry the hair using a natural bristle brush and the blow dryer’s nozzle attachment, and finish with smoothing serum. Nick recommends a small drop of Shu Uemura’s Silk Mesh.

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