The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with The Doves Behind the Scenes, Part 1

In the November issue of American Salon we featured Neo Classic, a new futuristically inspired collection by Wella Professionals artists and global embassadors for Hairdreams Extensions Christopher and Sonya Dove of The Doves Studio in Santa Monica, California. Neo Classic was created in response to the Doves' experience working as part of the hair team for one of the most anticipated movies of the holiday season, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

After I spoke to Christopher and Sonya about the gorgeous Neo Classic collection, and how it was their interpretation of a futuristic look, I was then curious to talk about their experience with the movie. The two happily shared with me their journey of working on the very creative and beautiful wigs for this film. For anyone who has read the books and/or seen the first movie of the Hunger Games trilogy, then its popularity and excitement surrounding it is understandable for you.

In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the heroine Katniss Everdeen and her fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are back from winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games and it's time to take the victor's tour through the districts. As part of the celebration, Everdeen and Mellark also must partake in parties at the Capitol and it's here where the most vibrant and innovative hairdos are seen on the cast of thousands.


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A crew of stylists was on hand to ensure that the extras' and stars' locks looked true to the vision of the book's author Suzanne Collins and the movie's director Francis Lawrence. One stylist included Dean Banowetz, who, back in July 2012, happened to be at the American Salon 135th Anniversary party in LA, and here Banowetz met the Doves. Another guest at the party was Linda D. Flowers, the hair department head for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Doves, Banowetz and Flowers all became fast friends and began inspiring one another's work. Soon Flowers and her team of stylists had set up shop at The Doves Studio to begin the prep work for the hair looks of 200-plus wigs. "Each look had to be approved by the director, so many looks were created," Christopher said. Sketches were made prior to the looks and Flowers depended on the Doves keen eyes for style and creativity to help build the vision.

Along with sharing the insider details of the excitement and creative energy working on the hairdos of this film, the Doves also shared their scrapbook of imagery; here are just a few shots. Visit us on November 22, when the movie is officially released and we'll be sharing the full collection of photos, including sketches and up-close looks of the inventive wigs used in the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.