DIY Katniss Braid, No Hunger Games Required

You know we couldn't let this week pass without giving you a Hunger Games how-to. With tonight's sure-to-be-insane midnight premiere of the seminal movie of our time (okay, maybe not, but it's definitely going to be a kick-ass film), we knew it was finally time to tackle "the braid."
In addition to being a fictional heroine we can actually get behind, Katniss Everdeen also rocks a pretty sick hairstyle. In the books, her 'do has a big part, with Katniss' beauty prep team obsessing over it. After seeing the style brought to life in the posters and previews, we have to agree — that braid is dope. Equal parts sporty, functional, and beautiful, it's her swooping braid — not Peeta or Gale — that has us swooning.
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Alright fine, there's a little Peeta-induced swooning going on, but mostly, it's the braid. Here, we've got your step-by-step tutorial on how to cop this cool 'do for yourself. Better get braiding if you want to rock this at the midnight showing!
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To start, create a deep side part on the right side of your head. Section the front, left quarter of your hair at the crown, dividing it into three sections.

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Start French braiding your hair, creating a good thick foundation. You should concentrate the direction of the braid to the left side of your head, making sure the plait hugs the side of your head.

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Pick up pieces as you go, pulling hair into the braid. As you are braiding, pull the sections on the right side tighter — this will create tension and help "lead" the braid so that it curves to the right.

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Continue braiding your hair, pulling those right sections tighter so the braid swoops around the lower half of your head. Once you get to your right ear, begin pulling in the loose front sections of your hair, but instead of pulling them over top of the braid, loop the sections underneath, repeating this with all of the front sections until they are in the braid. This will help keep the braid looking like one fluid style, rather than disjointed and piece-y.

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Once all of the front sections are in, finish braiding the hair and secure with an elastic.

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Pull apart the braid to thicken it, leaving the texture messy to add that toughness. Spray with hairspray to hold.

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It looks like your typical, sweet, simple, over-the-shoulder braid from the front...

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Starts to get a little more intriguing from the side...

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And then blows our minds from the back. We love a multi-faceted hairstyle and this one will look good with a variety of styles, from tough, military-inspired gear, to soft and pretty spring dresses. And, if you happen to volunteer yourself for a battle to the death, at least your hair will be out of your face. Always be prepared, people.

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