Throwing your hair back into a braid this summer will be just as fashionable as it is functional, thanks to the trend inspired by Katniss Everdeen’s signature hairstyle in the book and very anticipated movie, The Hunger Games, which hits theaters this week. But before you go pulling your hair back into the most basic braid in the books, check out these four braided runway ‘dos that will have you more than ready to face the Capitol and the arena.
Always on top of trends, Michael Kors enlisted expert hairstylist Orlando Pita for his spring ‘12 show and had strips of leather woven into the models hair, seen here on Arizona Muse. She, along with Erin Wasson, Karmen Pedaru and Jacquelyn Jablonski were given big, messy braids, much like the one Jennifer Lawrence wears as Katniss Everdeen. On the runway the hair was texturized with all sorts of thickening sprays and extra hold products to support such an intricate braid.
But models and designers don’t always rely on pop culture trends to influence their style, sometimes its more organic. We saw long messy braids two years ago on models at Alexander Wang’s spring 2010 show when he marched girls like Magdalena Frackowiak down the runway in long, messy braids that cascaded down each models’ shoulders.
If the messy look just isn’t your thing, or you want to try a similar hairstyle that’s a bit more polished, don’t shy away from a braid updo. Seen on the Valentino spring ‘12 runway, Mirte Maas, Freja Beha Erichsen, Kate King and Bregje Heinen show an example of a braid that, if pinned up right, can quickly transform the look from day to night.