15 Carrie Underwood Hairstyles That Blow Us Away

by Jessi Wilson

Stunning features, a hunky husband, and fabulous red-carpet style—this country starlet seems to have it all, plus fabulous hair. These are our 15 favorite Carrie Underwood hairstyles you should try this season.


Glam Waves


carrie underwood posing for a photo at the CMA Awards


These long curls are soft and fabulous. Use a 1- to 1½-inch-diameter curling iron to curl 1-inch sections of hair. Starting from the ends, curl hair away from the face, stopping at the midway point even with the hollows of your cheeks. Once finished, carefully run your fingers through the curls to loosen them.


Retro Updo


carrie underwood at the billboard awards


Underwood is a pro at pulling off glamorous styles, and this update on a ’50s-inspired updo is no exception. For the look, start with a deep side part and pin the front pieces of hair toward the back of the head opposite the part. Then style hair into a classic low chignon.


Deep Side Part


carrie underwood in purple dress


Underwood’s oval face shape allows her to pull off a deep side part with ease. Take a comb, and use it to create a part even with the end of your brow. Curl small sections of hair with a 1-inch-diameter curling iron, tucking all face-framing pieces behind the ears.


Messy Updo


carrie underwood with mesy updo


For this undone style, use a straightener to enhance your hair’s natural texture by starting at the roots and running small pieces of hair through the straightener, slowly turning it as you pull the straightener toward the ends of the hair. Pull hair into a simple bun at the nape of the neck, letting face-framing layers hang loosely.


Side Ponytail


carrie underwood side ponytail


This updo is a stylish option for women with longer hair who would rather not use all their bobby pins on one look. Simply gather loosely curled hair to one side, and secure the ponytail with a clear elastic. To soften this style, gently tug hair near the roots away from the elastic.


Faux Bob


carrie underwood with faux bob


Here’s a long-hair-made-short style that works well for layered hair. Gather waves into a loose, low bun at the nape of the neck, and gently pull shorter layers out of the bun to create a faux bob effect.


Refined Boho Curls


carrie underwood loose curls


We love how effortless these curls look. Start with an at-home blowout, using a large round brush to smooth the hair and add volume. Then take a 1-inch-diameter curling iron and curl sections, starting from the ends. Once your hair has cooled, use a wide-tooth comb to break up the curls.


Braided Tuck Bun


carrie underwood braided tuck bun


To get volume like Underwood’s, tease your hair at the roots and comb face-framing layers back to conceal the teasing. Begin French-braiding the hair in back, subtly transitioning to a fishtail braid when you reach the nape of the neck. Finish the look by tucking the ends of the hair into a simple bun.


Faux Undercut


carrie underwood in purple dress


This style is undeniably glamorous. For a classic look like Underwood’s, add curl to hair with hot rollers and use bobby pins that match your hair color to firmly secure the hair to one side. The secured hair should be on the side opposite your deep side part.


Old-Hollywood Waves


carrie underwood with old hollywood curls


Get old-Hollywood curls by adding one step to your basic hair-curling routine: Begin by curling hair as usual, but instead of letting the hair go after curling, use a setting clip to pin up the curls until they’ve cooled. Finish the look by brushing out the curls with a paddle brush.


Face-Framing Updo


carrie underwood face framing updo


Underwood consistently achieves updo perfection with this style, which seems to be one of her go-tos. Secure curled locks — leaving out some face-framing layers — into a loose, low ponytail. Then take pieces of hair and curl them back toward the elastic, securing each section with a bobby pin until all the hair is pinned up.


Blunt Bangs


carrie underwood with blunt blangs


Again, that oval face shape makes it possible for Underwood to pull off many different styles, including bangs. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask your hair stylist about straight-across bangs for your face shape. To create a style like this, curl the ends of the hair with a 1½-inch-diameter curling iron.


Flirty Ponytail


carrie underwood with ponytail


For those looking for a pretty and quick style, add curl to hair with a large-diameter curling iron and pull hair into a medium-height ponytail. To add playfulness and movement, leave the layers around the face outside the elastic.


Whimsical Curls


carrie underwood with whimsical curls


This sweet, piecey look can be recreated with a curling wand. Starting at the roots, wrap small pieces of hair around the barrel. Once your entire head of hair is curled, gently brush out the curls for a look like Underwood’s.


Half Up, Half Down


carrie underwood with half up, half down hairstyle


For gals with straight hair, this look is simple. Grab the front pieces of hair (except for bangs), and pin them back with bobby pins or a hair clip. Wavy- or curly-haired women will want to use a flatiron to straighten their texture before creating this sleek look.