side view Katniss braid

This is the Katniss braid from the Hunger Games. If you’ve seen the movie previews, she has a beautiful Dutch Braid (inside-out French braid) that starts on the side and swoops around the back. I know a lot of people who will be wearing their hair this way when they go to the movie. For this braid I used my niece as my model because she has really great Katniss-like hair. Here’s her hair before I started braiding.

starting hair

Start the braid like a regular French braid on one side. Instead of folding the hair over the top of the braid, fold it under the braid. I often forget, and accidentally fold it over midway through. Don’t do that. Just keep reminding yourself to fold it UNDER.

start the braid

winding the braid

Once you get to the other side of the head, finish off with a regular braid. If you want to, you can pull on the hair to loosen it up a bit. If you are braiding curly hair, you probably don’t need to loosen it up, since it’s easier to do a loose braid from the start.

wrap around Katniss braid

Here it is from the front.

front view

And the view from the side.

side view Katniss braid

Here’s the back.

back view Katniss braid

Once this Katniss braid was done, another sweet niece decided she would like one just like it. So here is the other version. Hair before braid:

back of blondie

And the side view:

side view blondie Katniss braid

And the front:

front view Katniss braid

And here we have some very cute cousins with matching hairstyles:

cousins with Katniss braid

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14 Responses to Katniss Braid (Hunger Games)

  1. Karyn says:

    oh WOW! Betsy!! I KNEW you guys would be having all sorts of fun w/ Sue & the kids visiting…but this?! What a delight…Love the photos – the play-by-play -ALL OF IT. Imagine Suzy is either celebrating their anniversary or just completely wiped from the travels… So will give her a jingle in the morning to hear more of the fun details from their visit! Much Love, Karyn

  2. These braids are gorgeous!! I’m so excited to do my little girl’s hair like this when she gets older.

    I’m stopping by via the blog hop. It’s so nice to meet you :) I’m a new follower.

    Lots of love,

  3. I’m 26 years old and sent your link to my friend as a MUST for when we go to see the Hunger Games… Thanks for the inspiration!

    Samm @

  4. Natasha says:

    this is sweet!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday Link Party

    Natasha xx

  5. I am so glad braids are coming back again! Love these! Especially the fishbone one! :) Thanks for sharing at my place!

  6. I’m loving the side braids! So different and cute! Thanks for linking up at Cutesy Monday!

    XO! Kathryn

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