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Lisbeth Salander Hairstyles

Lisbeth Salander hairstyles are sure to set trends when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hits theaters on December 21st, and if you haven't already seen the original Swedish version, you are in for a surprise.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Not only is the film filled with edge-of-your-seat drama and mystery, it takes you to a whole different world of fashion.

The Lisbeth Salander hairstyles alone will be enough to make you want to pause the movie and take a closer look. The character is the film's anti-heroine who has a tortured, tangled past that she seemingly keeps hidden behind torn jeans, oversized hoodies, and piercings.

The character of Lisbeth Salander has a very in-your-face fashion that at first glance may seem a little too bold, but her look is actually one that encompasses edginess, attitude, and just a hint of sexy, all at the same time. Salander's hairstyle and other little details are what complete her look and pull everything together.

Noomi Rapace - The Original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In the original Swedish release of the film, Lisbeth Salander was played by the bold and sexy Noomi Rapace. She's a tiny sliver of a girl who played a very big part in a very big way. The actress could not have portrayed the character in Steigg Larson's novel any more perfectly.

Her all black style, grungy look, and multiple facial piercings are all brought together and even complimented by her hairstyle. The style could not have been any more fitting for the character; it's edgy and wild, while at the same time being simple and extremely low-maintenance.

The true focus of the haircut, however, has got to be the long, side-swept bangs. They give the character of Lisbeth Salander that perfect look that makes you wonder whether she is hiding from you, or just wants to be invisible.

The haircut is probably best described as a pixie with long side-swept bangs. Her hair is dyed jet black, and generally just has a naturally messy look. The cut is very simple yet has a very sexy, edgy look that gives off a naturally confident look.

Your Own Lisbeth Salander Hairstyles

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To get the look for yourself, ask for a pixie cut with the length a little longer on the top, keep thick bangs that are swept to one side. Styling is incredibly simple since there's not much to work with. You can allow it to air dry or style it with your fingers as you blow dry it.

A little bit of pomade will keep the bangs in place as well as give the rest of it a naturally messy look. Scoop the pomade onto your fingertips and work it into your hair. Be careful not to use too much or get too much in one spot or you will end up with a greasy look.

For being a style that requires almost no effort, it's incredibly sexy. This one cut is proof that long hair is not always the sexiest look. Short hair cuts are edgier and give you a sexy look that also has an air of mystery and allure.

Rooney Mara - The New Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Steigg Larson's trilogy made such an impact on readers here in the U.S. that an English version of the film is now ready to hit theaters. In this version, Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, and while keeping with the dark and edgy look, she takes a slightly different approach to the Lisbeth Salander Hairstyles.

Rooney Mara's cut is still very edgy; it just has a little more to it. The cut is longer, and extremely choppy. In fact, cutting this style uses a razor more than scissors to give it a very messy, choppy look.

Getting Rooney Mara's Look

Lisbeth Salander Hairstyle Rooney MaraTo get this look, your hair will need to at least reach the nape of your neck. One side of the cut is much shorter and choppier than the other, and the layers are all random and uneven.

This means that even though there is extra length, the cut is still just as low maintenance as the one Noomi Rapace had.

The nice thing about this particular Lisbeth Salander hairstyle is that you can pick and choose what aspects of it you want and make it your own. For instance, Rooney Mara's cut has extremely short bangs that are cut in a round-style around her forehead.

If you don't like the bangs, you can still get the rest of the haircut without them. When getting this hairstyle, you will want to cut it dry. Because there is so much texturizing involved, it's best to dry it, flat iron it, and then cut it. Use a razor to begin cutting short, choppy layers into one side.

Lisbeth Salander Short Bangs StyleThis haircut is supposed to be completely asymmetrical, so your stylist will not be going for precision. This is a very messy haircut. As you go around the side of your head, the layers will get longer, but shorter layers are added to the top.

Once the layers have been added throughout, you'll want to use a hairspray, or better yet, a dry texturizing spray to give it a messy yet finished look and separate out the layers.

It's in the Details

Along with her grunge ensemble and edgy haircut, Lisbeth Salander has a few other details that bring even more to the character. The first thing you notice about Lisbeth are her many piercings. Each of her ears are pierced with large gage earrings, she has a piercing in her eyebrow, one in her lip, and two in her nose.

Though this sounds like an insane amount of piercings, it somehow works to complete the look. The way that the piercings are positioned allows you to see each separate one rather than a whole clump of piercings in one place. The rings only add to the edgy don't-mess-with-me look that the character portrays.

Black makeup around her eyes is what adds the subtle sexiness to the otherwise grungy look. Eyeliner is applied to the upper lash line and smudged underneath the lower. To accomplish this look, use liquid eyeliner, or slightly wet a liner brush and dip into a powder.

The moisture helps the liner to glide on more smoothly as well as look more natural. Once you've applied the liner to your top lid, gently smudge it with your finger; you can even use the excess on your fingers to smudge beneath the lower lashes.

Lisbeth Salander hairstyles are quite out of the ordinary, but that's what makes it so exciting. No matter which of the Lisbeth Salander hairstyles you choose, you can be sure that you'll instantly add edge and attitude to your look.

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Published December 13, 2011

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