La Confidential Magazine has a new interview with Joico colorist Cherry Petenbrink, the hair stylist for The Hunger Games film, in which they talk about how specific Gary Ross was in directing the hair styling, how reading the books beforehand made a huge difference, and who their favorite character was to style. Joico also has several behind-the-scenes pictures on their Facebook page of the wigs! Which leads me to ask do you want to restyle your hair now? Maybe some blue highlights?
How specific was the hair direction on set?
CHERRY PETENBRINK: The director [Gary Ross] was very specific on the lead color makeovers. Josh Hutcherson’s hair is naturally very dark and we had to dye it an exact shade of sandy ash blonde. Jennifer Lawrence is a natural ash blonde with highlights but played a brunette. Thousands of dollars were spent just renting wigs.
How did the books help you develop the hair concepts?
CP: Reading the books several months before the project started was a huge asset. I had a pretty clear vision of each character in my mind. The end result was dead on to my original ideas of how the characters would look when brought to life.
Which character was your favorite to work on?
CP: I have to say coloring Effie’s [Elizabeth Banks] wigs and hearing the words “it’s perfect,” was awesome. Creating pastel shades of pink, lavender and chartreuse [and] combining human hair and synthetic hair that had to match perfectly was an amazing challenge.
See many more behind-the-scenes pictures on Joico’s Facebook. Thank you to the fans who sent this tip in to us!