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Hunger Games Color: Get Katniss Everdeen's Dazzling Brunette

Move over, Twilight and Harry Potter. The next young adult book series-turned-mega-movie-franchise is The Hunger Games, the wildly popular series by Suzanne Collins. While the books tell the story of heroine Katniss Everdeen, a girl with a knack for archery who must battle for her life in a televised contest, viewers are also captivated by the color seen in the film.

From the avant-garde pops of color seen on mentor Effie Trinket to the color transformations on the three leads, the woman who spearheaded the world of color is Joico Guest Artist Cherry Petenbrink. With her team of colorists (and a LOT of Joico color), Cherry tackled the three leads, the supporting cast and more than 500 extras and created wildly different color looks for all.

At the core of it all was the color transformation for lead Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), whose lustrous blonde would be transformed into a pitch-perfect shade of brunette.

“They wanted a very specific shade of dark brown,” Cherry says. “There couldn’t be any warmth because in camera testing, they realized that anything more golden brown showed up almost red…So I had to be very, very cautious, because I knew if he saw any warm undertones in her hair, she’d be back in my chair.”

Want to re-create Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games color? Here’s how:

Target: Level 5, no warmth

Step 1—Filler: Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome 2 oz. N6 + 2 oz. G8 + 4 oz. Chrome Activator
Apply scalp to ends and process 20 minutes. Rinse, apply K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor for 5 minutes, then rinse and blow dry.

Step 2
: Vero K-PAK Chrome 1 ½ oz. A5 + 1 oz. N4 + 5 oz. Chrome Activator
Apply from scalp to mid-shafts, process for 10 minutes and pull through ends. Process an additional 10 minutes. Shampoo with K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo, apply K-PAK Cuticle Sealer for 5 minutes, rinse, apply K-PAK Intense Hydrator for 5 minutes and K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor for another 5 minutes.

Step 3—Retouch
: Vero K-PAK Chrome ½ N6 + ½ N4 + Chrome Activator applied to regrowth; equal parts Vero K-PAK Chrome N6 + N4 + Clear + Chrome Activator applied to midshafts and ends.

Click here to read our ENTIRE interview with Cherry in ON PAPER magazine and see 3 color formulas for Effie Trinket!





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