Katniss Reaping Hair

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This weekend I stepped out to view the fabulous movie: The Hunger Games. That book is such a favorite of mine. I’ve read the series twice now and, yes…. I really love it. All the characters. The story. All of it.

Before seeing the movie I alway sort of imagined what the delicate reaping day hair style of Katniss really looked liked. So, today I share my version of the Katniss Reaping Day hair. Just a simple twist braid around the head ending in 2 buns on the side (I know… I like side buns. hee).

Step 1:Β Normally I have straight hair… but, I just happened to do my No Heat Curl the night before. It adds volume. Start the braid at the top of your head where your hair line is. Begin your twist braid. The twist braid is using two sections of hair and twisting it! Just grab bit of hair as you go along to secure it. If that’s still confusing. I made a little braid your bangs video a while back and share how I do the twist braid. Check out the bottom of the post for the video.

Step 2: Continue your twist braid around to the other side of your head (right below your ear). Roll that twist braid hair into a bun and pin it. And, with the remaining hair above the ear…. twist that and roll it into a bun and pin it above the first bun.

Step 3: You are finished. My little version of the reaping hair.

This style took less than 10 minutes to arrange. A bit of hair spray holds it in place. The end.

P.S. If you need a little help with the twist braid… I explain it a bit in this video.

– Chelsey


  • Kelly on said:

    I wore this today, got a bunch of compliments. I hadn't watched your video before and realized I twist in the other direction, I twist toward the back/top of my head instead of toward the front/bottom, not sure it makes a big difference though. Here's how mine turned out on my Pintrest http://pinterest.com/pin/97812623127141745/

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I twist in both directions. Don't know why. Ha! And, you're hair looks lovely! It's so thick! Love it.

  • ashleysisk on said:

    That gif is tripping me out – love it. ANd I love the style, but doubt I'll ever pull it off. The brad gets me every time.

  • Gina on said:

    Love the gif & the hair. I know how my girls & I will be wearing our hair all summer long.

  • Kate on said:

    Chelsey, you're seriously SO pretty! I love the second photo of you and whatever you're using for a backdrop is gorgeous!!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you! It was a thrifted table cloth. I always wander to the sheets/tables cloths sections in vintage shops.

  • Terri on said:

    I seriously adore you. : ) Just put my hair up like this for my Moms Night Out to go see the movie. Thanks, as always, for your fab hair tutorials!

  • Carolina on said:

    I am NO GOOD at doing my hair, but I will have to try it on my daughter.
    I seriously love all your hair-do's!!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you! And, I hope it works for your daughter! πŸ˜€

  • TheBudgetMaven on said:

    Love the way it turned out…the movie and your Katniss-inspired hair! I want to know where you got those cute flower earrings though. πŸ™‚

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ha! You should make a crazy pregnant belly gif. πŸ˜‰

  • shannon on said:

    Great job! love the hair style. I’ve also read The Hunger Games twice. Loved it sooo much. I still need to see the movie. I’m a bit scared to see it because I have such high expectations and I don’t want to be dissappointed.


    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I had really high expectations too. BUT, I think for a movie that they did a pretty darn good job. Nothing can beat the book though. πŸ™‚

  • kat9365 on said:

    The first picture slide show is SO FUNNY! I'm dying to see that movie but wanted to wait for the hubs to see it with me, so that's tough…with babysitters and all. LOVE your hair and how much you do with it! I'm super proud I got to even blow dry mine this morning lol.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ha! I never blow-dry mine. BUT, I'll put my hair up later in the day. Plus, I was a terrible wife and ditched my husband to see it with a friend since we didn't have a babysitter. πŸ˜‰

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I'm glad. P.S. I got that bow at F21 during our blogger mall insanity.

  • Desiree on said:

    I can't WAIT until my hair is long enough for braids. And your braids are the best.

  • Sarah on said:

    I love this. Just colored yesterday and am not ready for a wash. This will be perfect for today! Thanks! Plus, Katniss is my homegirl.

  • Sadie on said:

    Oh, how I wish I could get my hair to do anything but curl! This is lovely.

  • Alyssa S. on said:

    *Sigh* about the only hair I could vaguely accomplish right now would be Rue's hair! If Amelia's hair was just a eence longer I could do it with hers. I saw the movie and was conflicted on how I felt about it. As a matter of fact, I posted about it today πŸ™‚

  • Jess on said:

    That's really cute, and it would be perfect for the Texas sun/heat! I need to be more creative with my hair. Most days I just pin back my bangs and go.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      For me I always get stuck in the ponytail rut. This is just a little more work… But, so much nicer. πŸ™‚

      • Kelly on said:

        I was totally stuck in the ponytail rut until I found your blog, now I'm loving having long hair again, with all your fun tutorials.

        • The Paper Mama on said:

          I'm so glad! Those darn pony tail ruts are the worst. πŸ˜‰

  • mrsbartee.com on said:

    You make me sick πŸ™‚ Everyone says how I have great hair and they love it, but I cant do these cool things like you!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Yes you can. I will braid your hairs at BlogHer. Or, cut it off while you sleep… Ha ha ha. Kidding. πŸ˜‰

  • Heather on said:

    Beautiful, I love it! just saw the movie yesterday and I loved all the hairstyles.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Me too. Should I do an Effie Trinkett hair tutorial? Ha!

  • imlivinginadream on said:

    Such a great DIY post! I wish my hair was long enough to do this, I thought Katniss' hair was SO lovely in the movie and totally stayed true to her hair in the books. I saw the movie last night and LOVED. πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Joy on said:

    This look is simple yet elegant. Will have to give it a go!

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