Monday , March 26, 2012 - 11:52 AM
Hairstyles did their part in creating the stylized look of "The Hunger Games" film, which opened Friday -- especially in segments that take place in the area known as the Capitol.
Cherry Petenbrink, lead hair colorist on the film, discussed the inspiration for the character's hair and hair color as well as the attention paid to make sure no one came out looking like a raver or post-apocalyptic punk on screen.
"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 hairpieces 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," Petenbrink says.
Getting an elegant and refined look while using eye-catching neon and pastel shades was no easy feat.
To get the right feeling, Petenbrink says she looked to a mix of real time periods, referencing the 1920s and '40s as well as Edwardian and Victorian eras.
She points out that though there are a lot of brights, there are also strange and antique shades, such as mustard yellow and moss green.
But the key was to keep a polished 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, including 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 style 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 when you get up close you see that they're green or pink," Flowers says.
"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.
"These looks are not reminiscent of the punk looks of the past, and these colors will be emulated by millions of fans," she predicts.
Mustard yellow anyone?
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