Hairstyles of Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia rocks a sophisticated wave in her hair for the Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2010.

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If exasperation had a face, it would be Natalie Imbruglia's. Perhaps best known for the single, "Torn," Natalie Imbruglia's acidic lyrics and unusual beauty make her music's version of "La Femme Nikita." Maybe it's the combination of dark chocolate hair and ocean blue irises, but Australia's songstress captivates the eyes as well as the ears. Just consider yourself warned: You may feel torn over which of her hairstyles to try first.

Left of the Middle

The album title, which features her most famous song, also describes how her hair is parted on the album art. Natalie never ceases to impress in a short chop, and her mid-nineties look was no exception. This style features hair that's all one length until it just covers the ears, where it tapers down to the middle of her neck in the back. The color falls somewhere between chestnut and jet black, with no hint of highlights anywhere.

Natalie's Lengthy Style

Although there's nary a picture of Natalie without a left side part, there are a few where she has hair that reaches past her shoulders. None of these is particularly fancy, perhaps for fear of the juggling act she'd have to perform between big hair and big attitude. Her low-key, slicked-back locks are heavily layered, beginning at her neck, and cut downward in choppy, razored sections. She has just a hint of side-swooped bangs that fall just above her eyebrows and nearly meet up with the hair on the front of her forehead.

The Polished Look

Natalie took her hair a little lighter when she opted for a conservative bob in 2006. The brownish, almost blond shade had a hint of reddish highlights in a style that featured her ever-present left part, a bang-free forehead and chin-length hair. If she ever cared to have people take her too seriously, this was the perfect look. In fact, had she donned a pantsuit and pearl necklace, she could've passed as a woman running for Congress.

Shorter and Blonder

By the time 2000's first decade came to a close, Natalie had gone under the chop again, returning to a bob that hit at just beneath her ear lobes. This time, she partnered the style with wispy bangs and Marilyn Monroe color. But perhaps after realizing that this picture looked a little too much like a Natasha Bedingfield bob gone awry, she kept the style and ditched the blond, favoring the original dark tones that blended better with her musical vibe. These days, the bob is all outgrown into a shag haircut, and heavy fringe has replaced the wispy bangs. But her dark side remains.

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