Let the Games Begin! -
Cherry Petenbrink, Joico Guest Artist
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Let the Games Begin!

Cherry Petenbrink, Joico Guest Artist and haute colorist, chats it up about her involvement with the blockbuster movie, Hunger Games.

May/June 2012 Find in
May/June 2012

Hailing from a small town in Georgia, Petenbrink now has a busy private practice in Hollywood, travels the U.S. for Joico color education and somehow fi nds time to do character colorings for lead actors and hundreds of extras in blockbuster movies. One of her most recent movie gigs: Hunger Games.

“I met movie stylist Linda Flowers at a color seminar that I was teaching for Joico a few years ago,” reveals Petenbrink. “We developed a great working relationship and began doing various projects together. When she became the lead hairstylist for Hunger Games, she approached me to do the color for the leads and extras. To say that it was an amazing opportunity is an understatement!”

What Cherry doesn’t mention is that she also undertook a crushing workload that included coloring 600 wigs, hairpieces and extensions, doing 100 color applications on extras’ existing hair, and shouldering the responsibility of coloring and maintaining the lead actors’ haircolor for fi ve months during filming.

“Creating the color formulas wasn’t that different from doing a hair show,” Petenbrink assures. “You have to know exactly what’s expected of you and always be mindful that whatever you do, it must refl ect the culture of the company or, in this case, Hunger Games’ Capital City.

“The overall look for Capital City society had to be couture runway. I was also given very specifi c instructions about each shade for the leads, including not having a speck of warmth and remaining true to the colors described in the book: Peeta has sandy, ash blonde hair, Katniss and Gale have dark ash brown, and on down the line.”

Prior to Hunger Games, Petenbrink turned Tom Berenger from a handsome brunette to a silver fox for Stiletto. She has also wrapped up three other fi lm-related projects that are still hush-hush. “Creating character colors for movies has become an important part of my career,” she smiles. “However, my bread-and-butter remains my role as a color educator for Joico and, of course, my loyal clientele.”


Haircolor: Joico
Colorist: Cherry Petenbrink, Joico Guest Artist and Hollywood stylist
Actor: Jennifer Lawrence
Natural Level: 9 with sun highlights
Texture/Condition: Medium/Good
Filler: Vero K-PAK Chrome (demi) N6 (Caramel) + G8 (24k Gold)
Base: Vero K-PAK Chrome, 3/4 oz. A5 (Medium Ash Brown), 1/4 oz. N4 (Coffee Bean) + 2 oz. Vero K-PAK Chrome Activator
Refresh: Haircolor was refreshed throughout filming using 1/2 oz. A7 (Dark Ash Blonde) and 1/2 oz. Clear, or 1/2 oz. N6 and 1/2 oz. A5 + 1 oz. Clear, depending on the amount of fading and breakthrough warmth
caused by intense sun exposure.

1. Apply Filler and process for 20 minutes. Lightly shampoo and treat hair with K-PAK Liquid Reconstructor.
2. Apply Base from scalp to ends; process for 30 minutes.
3. Shampoo and treat hair with K-PAK RevitaLuxe.

As Effie Trinket, escort for the tributes (game participants), actor Elizabeth Banks’ synthetic blonde wigs were turned into syrupy pink and lavender with fabric dye.   Hunger Games: Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta)


“Liam Hemsworth is a natural level 8. To deepen his hair, I used Vero K-PAK Chrome (demi) A5 (Medium Ash Brown).” Cherry Petenbrink   “Josh Hutcherson’s hair is a natural level 3. I achieved his sandy, ash blonde shade in two appointments on successive days. His hair was prelightened with Joico Vero K-PAK Color Creme Lightener. After shampooing and drying the hair, Vero K-PAK Color (permanent) 8A with INS (Silver Intensifier) was applied to achieve additional lift and tonal deposit.” Petenbrink


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