Capitol Citizens Wigs in the Hunger Games Movie

Here is an article from The Los Angeles Times featuring Hunger Games movie’s lead hair colorist Cherry Petenbrink. Hear what Cherry has to say on how the Capitol citizens are brought to life.

“The look of the Capitol as it’s described in the book is bright and we stayed true to that,” says Petenbrink, who dyed more than 600 wigs and hair pieces for main characters and extras in the film. “The color couldn’t look ’80s punk, it had to be very high fashion in a couture kind of way.”
How does one make a neon and pastel wig eye-catching with embracing the right feeling? Well it was no easy task. Petenbrink says there was a real mix of time periods. She referenced the ’20s and ’40s as well as Edwardian and Victorian eras, adding that while there are a lot of brights, there are also strange and antique shades like mustard yellow and moss green.

But the key was to keep a refined finish to the hair seen in the Capitol, even if it was an offbeat color. “The people in the Capitol are very refined, almost like a big group of old moneyed people that get together,” she says. “A very rich and disturbing group of people.”

Petenbrink went with candy colored pastels such as pink, lavender and chartreuse for Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks. Lead hairstylist Linda Flowers gave Banks what she calls “exaggerated Afro texture,” which was tempered by elegant 1930s finger waves in the front. The mix of traditional and out-there is what Flowers refers to as “contemporary classic.”  “We did exaggerated chignons and other classic shapes that from a distance are perceived as very beautiful, but then you get up close you see that they’re green or pink!

“The color is all very bright and intense but in a very couture, chic kind of way,” says Petenbrink, who used Joico’s Vero K-PAK Color Intensity semi-permanent hair colors to dye all the hair.