Seventeen’s Interview With Hunger Games Movie Stylist Linda Flowers

Here is Seventeen‘s interview with Linda Flowers, the head hairstylist of the Hunger Games movie. Read and learn her techniques in creating Katniss’ hairstyle with her “Girl on Fire” costume.
Seventeen: What was your inspiration for the hairstyles you came up with for the characters in the movie?

Linda Flowers: I collaborated a lot with Judianna Makovsky, our costume designer. I looked at the clothes and they are cut very classically and are very beautifully tailored. I knew the hair needed to have harmony with that. I used very contemporary shapes and deep finger waves from the 30s and 40s and looser ones from the 50s with the bright colors. Then, I incorporated weird fuzzy textures into these classic styles. I mixed classic hairstyles and shapes with contemporary colors and textures. Everybody loved it!

17: Were any of the actresses super excited about her hair?

LF: Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie! Her hair was a challenge because the books describe her hair as having a lot of colors, like orange and aqua. I wanted to make sure it looked beautiful and couture, not like a Halloween party. I wanted it to look really beautiful. It has to look right on screen or else we lose people in believing that this is a really sophisticated and advanced culture of people.

17: I think the image that has already become an iconic Hunger Games photo is Katniss with the side braid. Can you share your tips on achieving that style? 

LF: Jennifer Lawrence’s style had to be a really functioning hairstyle for her character. She was an archer who hunted amd protected herself with a bow and arrow. Her hair needed to be contained so when she reached back and pulled out an arrow, her hair wouldn’t be getting in the way. I styled her hair by starting from the left of the ear and did a reverse French braid, where the braid is on top instead of the bottom. Then, I just looped it all the way around, cupping her nape and coming around to the right. It really hugs her head as it comes down toward the nape, giving her maximum control and keeping it out of the way of her bow and arrows.

17: Jennifer had to run around a lot during filming. What products did you use to keep the braid in place?

LF: The styling tool that everybody used that became very popular on set was the Top Styler made by InStyler. It’s a new tool that just launched. And of course, hairspray! But more than anything, the Top Styler was important because it was able to make all those different textures that you usually need a lot of different hair tools for. When I was doing Jennifer Lawrence’s hair, I would use the Top Styler to give her hair texture before I braided it. So it was more the styling tools than products. Products help, but they don’t give you the texture and movement you need.

17: Can you give any hints as to how you styled Jennifer Lawrence’s hair for the first time we see Katniss as “the girl on fire” in the parade?

LF: I can! During the chariot ride, I made a helmut out of hair. It looks like a headpiece, almost Gladiator-like. The main headdress lookes like a helmut out of different types of braids. I used basket weaving, plaiting, French braids, everything. There were 10 different braids in there and I made this headdress out of braids.

17: Were any of the guys, like Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson particuarly picky about their hair?

LF: Stanley Tucci, who plays Ceaser Flickerman, had a blue wig, just like in the book. We put a lot of wigs on guys. I was using anywhere between 400 and 450 wigs and hair extensions on set. Almost everybody had something! You would think that the guys would be easy, but they weren’t in the Capitol. Josh
Hutcherson’s hair had to be colored blonde, which is a bleaching process and Liam’s hair had to go darker.

17: What wad the vibe like on set?

LF: Oh, it was fun! Everyone worked so hard and such long hours, so there’s always fatigue. But everyone on the movie was really nice and really into The Hunger Games. We definitely fed off each other’s energy!

Katniss and Effie’s Hair Tips from the Hunger Games Movie Stylist Linda Flowers

Ever wonder how Jennifer Lawrence’s hair is styled for the Hunger Games movie? Hairstylist Linda Flowers has provided tips on how she brought the signature hair looks of Katniss to film. Read on the article from

Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games tresses were “classic and soft”, says the film’s hairstylist.

The Hunger Games’ on set hairstylist Linda Flowers says she loved creating Katniss’ look towards the end of the film.

“I loved doing Jennifer’s – Katniss’ hair when she was coming home from the games. She wore a pink dress that looked like it was from the 50s so I used the TopStyler and did figure eights and one finger curls with the c-shells to get a contemporary finger wave style like a 50s old Hollywood look. I believe it portrayed how much she had grown up from the games and came into her own as a young women because it was classic and soft,” she told Beauty High.

“And of course Effie – Elizabeth Banks – was really fun, she was sophisticated yet whimsical. How often do you get to put pink and green hair on someone?”

Jennifer wears a braid throughout the most of the film as her character’s signature look. Linda has explained how she created the classic hair do.

“Katniss’ signature braid took about 20 minutes – I first used the TopStyler by InStyler to create texture in her 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 then just a side braid,” she explained.

So, just remember, Katniss’ signature hairstyle in the Hunger Games movie:

    Step one: prep

    Start by setting hair with The TopStyler, a curling and waving system that Flowers invented herself, using a soft-spin technique to form texture and dimension. Do this by twisting the hair a few times, wrapping it backward with one finger, and clamping it in place using the ceramic shell clips (much the same as you would hot rollers). Let your hair set for 10 minutes and release when cool.

    Step two: braid

    Create a side-swept French braid by starting on the left side of your head and plaiting around until it drapes over your right shoulder. For a natural, unfinished look, leave a few wispy pieces out of the braid to frame your face.

       Thanks Buzz Sugar for the steps!

      Here is a video demonstrating the famous Katniss sidebraid in the movie from Linda Flowers and CuteGirlsHairstyles:

      To complete the looks, you must also know how to dress like Katniss in the 74th Hunger Games. Find out how by visiting this link. For the Hunger Games movie’s costume replica, like the jacket or the training shirt, click here.

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