FROM Polished to Practical
As Wonder Woman makes waves around the world, we take a look at the hair that makes the hero.
When you think of Wonder
Woman, images of Lynda Carter’s perfectly coiffed, jet black curls might spring to mind, along with her teeny weeny corseted costume and satin shorts that looked as if they might have ripped at the : slightest karate kick. This image might have flown in an age where sex sold,
but in today’s world we’re far savvier to the way our iconic female characters are portrayed on screen.
Wonder Woman may be the ultimate female, but even she would find it difficult to maintain a salon-worthy ‘do on the battlefields of Themyscira (Paradise Island, for our old-school readers). For that reason, we were excited to find that her look has been revamped for the 2017 film. This year will see Gal Gadot portraying a toughened-up version of the superhero—with no polished bouffant in sight. Instead, her hair can be seen falling in loose, natural-looking curls around her tiara, or in a braid to keep her strands out of her face. The new pared down look still fits in with the image of Wonder Woman’s out-of-this-world beauty, but it’s more realistic, more achievable and more practical.
Staff Writer Jennifer talked to Christine Blundell, Make-up and Hair Designer for the new Wonder Woman blockbuster, about her inspirations for lead actress Gal Gadot’s hairstyles, and how the character has evolved from an outdated image of femininity.
Jennifer: What was it like to work with Gal on such an iconic movie?
Christine: Gal Gadot really is Wonder Woman. We filmed in sun, rain, wind, snow and freezing conditions. There were long days and night shoots—you name it, we put Gal (and Gal’s hair) through it. She is a true leader and, as for her hair, I hope myself and my amazing team did the film justice.
Jennifer: Gal Gadot’s hair looks much more practical than Lynda Carter’s hair in the ’70s TV series Wonder Woman— was there a reason for this?
Christine: Yes, definitely. The idea was to bring it into a more modern day casual look that would make Wonder Woman stick out from the crowd once she arrived in war-torn Europe. It was very important to remember in the design of her hair that this is ultimately Wonder Woman’s ‘backstory’.
Jennifer: There’s a fight scene in which Gal has her hair braided. It looks stunning! Why did you choose to braid her hair for this scene?
Christine: The film starts on Themyscira, the island of the Amazons. Patty Jenkins, our director, wanted all our Amazons to have a strong, unfussy look. I suggested a Mohawk-style braid for all our Amazon warriors, of which Wonder Woman was one.
Jennifer: Wonder Woman’s headband is an important part of her outfit. How did you incorporate the headband into her hairstyle so that it would remain a focal point?
Christine: Myself and Lindy Hemming, our costume designer, worked very closely on the headband to ensure it would stay where it was meant to stay throughout the many fight scenes. It was made to a cast of Gal’s head.
Jennifer: Were there any major challenges when creating the hair for Wonder Woman?
Christine: One of the main challenges was the journey of Wonder Woman’s hair, from Amazon Mohawk to period London Wonder Woman- style! Then onto the full mane of hair. Wonder
Woman’s strength in who she is builds throughout the film, and her hair gets fuller until we reach the iconic version of our hero.
GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure WONDER WOMAN, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.