Jennifer Lawrence’s Best Movie Hair Transformations, From The Hunger Games to Red Sparrow

Jennifer Lawrence’s Best On-Screen Hair Transformations Inline

<h1 class="title"><em>Winter’s Bone</em>, 2010</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

Winter’s Bone, 2010

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<h1 class="title"><em>X-Men: First Class</em>, 2011</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

X-Men: First Class, 2011

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<h1 class="title"><em>The Hunger Games</em>, 2012</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

The Hunger Games, 2012

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<h1 class="title"><em>Silver Linings Playbook</em>, 2012</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

Silver Linings Playbook, 2012

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<h1 class="title"><em>American Hustle</em>, 2013</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

American Hustle, 2013

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<h1 class="title"><em>Serena</em>, 2015</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

Serena, 2015

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<h1 class="title"><em>Joy</em>, 2015</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

Joy, 2015

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<h1 class="title"><em>Red Sparrow</em>, 2018</h1> <cite class="credit">Photo: Everett Collection</cite>

Red Sparrow, 2018

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Jennifer Lawrence has made a name for herself as quite the character actor—the 27-year-old has been nominated for four Academy Awards—and from an aesthetic perspective, her aspirational mane has proven to be equally chameleonic. For her latest metamorphosis in spring's blockbuster thriller Red Sparrow, which hits theaters today, the actress transformed into Dominika Egorova, the ballerina-cum-spy assassin, with the heavy curtain of bangs, piercing gaze and ruthless cheekbones to prove it.

But the much-buzzed about part, which Lawrence herself has boldly characterized as a reclaiming of her sexuality, was just the latest in a long series of big-screen beauty wins. The actress kicked off her career with Winter’s Bone and center-parted, baby blonde lengths ideal for tucking under beanies and flowing in the wind during frenzied runs through the woods. The following year, she refined the same style for X-Men: First Class, adding layers and a bit of body to hyper-feminine effect and soon after came The Hunger Games, Katniss, and that seminal, slightly undone side braid colored a burnished shade of brown.

The brunette hue darkened—along with her temperament—for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, a high, swingy ponytail serving as the very embodiment of Tiffany Maxwell’s slightly petulant demeanor. But it was all about a brilliantly disheveled back-to-blonde updo in AmericanHustle, followed by a pale chop and 1920s-era coif in Serena; and a sunny, shoulder-skimming bob that epitomized her character's take-matters-into-your-own-hands attitude in Joy.

Above, 8 on-screen hair moments that prove why for this leading lady, it's never about playing it safe.

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