Headed This Way?

A stylist breaks down the unique haircuts of ‘Tintin’ and ‘The Girl’

December 22, 2011

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is a hardcore thriller about a serial killer; “The Adventures of Tintin” is an animated feature about a young journalist and a dog. The new films (both now playing) have little in common other than main characters — Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and Tintin (a motion-captured Jamie Bell) — with memorable haircuts. Jenny Grafting, owner of Jenny’s Salon in Round Hill, Va., talked about the best ways to make these distinctive styles your own

The ‘Tintin’: This spiky-in-the-front cut requires a stylist “familiar with razor cutting and who specializes in male hair,” Grafting says. “It would have to be very texturized with a razor or a thinning shear to make it stand up like that in the front.” Grafting feels that, with some translation, the “Tintin” could be made more female-friendly: “You’d want some wispier pieces, so it looked less severe.” The ’do is not low-maintenance. “To style it would only take five minutes a day, but you would have to get your hair cut way more often. When you have a really strong shape like that, it’s very obvious when it grows out.” You’d be headed to the salon “every four weeks, for sure.”

The ‘Lisbeth’: Lisbeth’s asymmetrical cut’s top layer is longer than the shorn sides underneath (she sometimes spikes the top for extra edge). “You really have to have the swag or the mojo to pull it off,” Grafting says. Besides attitude, you need an expert. “It really involves a lot of detail work and a lot of texturizing,” she say. The blue-black color further complicates matters. “Black is easy to maintain, but if it has a blue or purple cast over it, that’s what’s hard to keep.” Grafting recommends a metallic shampoo to keep that sheen.

Bottom line: Grafting says she wouldn’t be surprised to see “muted versions” of these haircuts catch on, but that neither will take the world by storm à la the “Rachel” of the ’90s. “It has to have mass appeal, and people have to be able to face their neighbors.”

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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