Our Favorite Hunger Games-Inspired Side Braids To Try Now!
As we gear up for the November 21 release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Katniss Everdeen's trademark side-braid is one style statement we're eager to revisit (next to Effie Trinket's entire avant-garde wardrobe, of course). Jennifer Lawrence may sport a chin-length crop in real life, but her on-screen persona has definitely influenced all the pretty plaits we've been seeing on the red carpet. In honor of our favorite girl on fire, we rounded up more gorgeous celebrity side braids, which we're sure Ms. Everdeen would approve of. Even better, we included pro tips on getting the looks, so the odds will ever be in your favor if you try your hand at a particular style. Click through our gallery to see each side braid now!
For a voluminous, tousled plait like Shay Mitchell's, be sure to give your strands a blast of texturizing spray before starting the braid. Once you've tied off the style, go back and pull out each section to add body.
At the season 2 premiere of Orange Is the New Black, Danielle Brooks-a.k.a. Taystee-gave her strands a precise side-part with a gorgeous fishtail braid.
We're dubbing Adriana Lima's low-key twist the "off-duty Elsa" look. Not unlike the Disney princess, the star's top layers held the right amount of tousle, while her length fell effortlessly to the side.
For a roughed-up, yet elegant, look like Eva Longoria's, make sure to add waves with a curling wand prior to starting the braid, and don't sweat the loose tendrils and wisps that fall out along the way-they all add to the lived-in appeal.
For Emma Stone's windswept braid, hairstylist Mara Roszak spritzed a root lifting spray onto damp strands, then brought out her natural texture with L'Oreal's Tousle Waves Spray ($5; ulta.com) all over her mid-lengths and ends. After rough-drying her hair, Roszak gave the crown area a little teasing, then twisted the plait from the left side of Stone's head to the right. She secured the style with a clear elastic, and allowed a few face-framing layers to fall out.
Not long after taking her strands to a chocolate-toned brunette, the supermodel twisted them into a thick, tousled braid.
If your strands are too slippery to hold a fishtail braid like Chrissy Teigen's, spritz on a light veil of dry shampoo to add some grip.
Recreate Kerry Washington's romantic style by first giving your strands a center part. Take the sections of hair on either side of your head, and twist them away from your ear in a victory roll shape, and once both sides are secured with bobby pins, wind your mid-sections into a fishtail braid. Tie off the style at shoulder length, then twist the remainder of your length into an uber-slim three strand plait.
"This braid is twisted-it literally looks like a rope. It has a spiral effect," says Dobrev's hairstylist Riawna Capri, who began taking three sections of hair and twisting them in a clockwise direction. Once each area had been twisted, she braided all of the sections in a clockwise motion.
Lively dressed-up her well-mussed braid by adding a sparkly barrette at the Los Angeles premiere of Green Lantern.
Larter sported a cool, unkempt fishtail braid at an Art of Elysium event in Malibu.
While out and about in Paris, Taylor Swift wore a long, ropey braid with sun-flecked highlights.
The Oscar-nominated True Grit star tied-off her polished double twist with a sparkly black bow at The Hollywood Reporter Big 10 Party in Los Angeles.
McAdams's braid at the Sherlock Holmes premiere in London has a classic feel, thanks to her mini-pompadour.
Rihanna, Rihanna, let down your hair! At the 2011 MET Ball, the singer added two face-framing plaits to her Rapunzel-esque braid.
For her appearance on BET's 106 & Park, Saldana kept her braid loose and piecey.
At a screening for The Roommate, Kelly rocked an undone fishtail braid with a boho vibe.
The singer wore a slightly tousled, uber-long braid when she performed at AOL Music's Sessions show.
Bieber's main gal wore a plait with side-swept bangs to the 2010 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.
Keys kept her braid loose and twisted at this year's BET Awards in Los Angeles.
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, the actress opted for long and chunky fishtail braid.
At a QVC event in Water Mill, NY, the fashionista kept her braid el naturale by securing it with a clear elastic.
The Twilight star wore a tousled brunette braid with face-framing layers to the Eclipse premiere in Madrid.
At the Love Ball during London Fashion Week, Lewis gave chunky fishtail braid a relaxed feel by leaving out a few side swept layers.
At an Ella Moss party in West Hollywood, Richie's gave her braid a fairytale vibe with two face-framing twists.
At Mulberry's London Fashion Week party, Bella Swan wore a loose sable twist.
The mama-to-be wove a strip of black leather into her loose, thick braid at a Los Angeles signing for her book, Devoted.
Beyonce accented her simple side braid with a thick swoop of blond bangs at the New York City launch of her latest fragrance, Pulse.
At the Karl Lagerfeld Film Presentation Party in Saint-Tropez, the actress let her plait get flirty with a navy ribbon and fedora hat.