How to get the side braid from The Hunger Games

It wasn’t lost on us that Jennifer Lawrence aka Katniss Everdeen is sporting one of the hottest hairstyles of the season in “The Hunger Games”—a side braid! Then, perhaps as a reference to her on-screen look, the gorgeous 21-year-old went with a loosely braided bun for the film's Los Angeles premiere-- as well as a flashy gold Prabal Gurung fishtail gown with side cut-outs.

We love the intricate look of braided hairstyles, but don't let all that interweaving intimidate you. The truth is, they’re totally doable. 

If you want to try a side braid a la Katniss, we break down the steps in this video:

A bigger fan of Jennifer's red carpet looks?  Updos with loose braiding were everywhere during awards season (remember Kate Beckinsale?) and they continue to be a big trend for spring. The key is in the pre-braiding prep. Add texture to your hair with product and, if your hair is particularly straight to begin with, also use a curling iron to create waves. If you want even more height at the crown, you can even tease the back a bit. When you pull the hair into a ponytail, it's up to you how many strands you want to pull out on the sides for a soft, romantic feel. Play with it and see. We love the way Jennifer added some metallic embellishment to pick up the gold in her dress.

Here’s a how-to on Jennifer’s premiere hairstyle:

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