Country music hairstyles: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Nettles & more

The 45th Academy of Country Music Awards–For most fans, it’s about the music, fashion and gossip. For us, it’s all about the hair…and we weren’t disappointed! Most of the same old, same old country coifs, there were lots of new twists. In the end we took away looks that are more do-able in the real world.
Down & pretty
We’ll start with American Idol Carrie Underwood, this year’s top entertainer and winner of the Triple Crown (for past wins as top entertainer, top female vocalist and top new female vocalist). Carrie changed her hair throughout the show to match her revolving wardrobe. There were too many to show, so we picked one that’s down…smooth on top, curly below. Then there’s three blondes who look a lot alike. Laura Bell Bundy wears her hair down like Carrie’s without the curl. Whitney Duncan’s do is similar to Lara’s but looks different because it’s one length and more stylized. Julianne Hough goes half & half with the top swept back and the rest curly. You might guess that Carrie’s and Julianne’s styles are more time-consuming and complicated than the other two.
Up & glam
Taylor Swift went home award-less but she wowed the crowd with her singing while flying in the air and ripping off a white outfit to reveal black underneath. Taylor balanced the surprise with classic glamour waves. Meanwhile Hillary Scott glowed in an upsweep fit for a queen and member of Lady Antebellum, who won best single record, song and vocal group.
Up, glam & unique
Miranda Lambert flaunted a new updo (lots of hair left loose for a “short” look), and took home this year’s top video, top female vocalist and top album. Another free thinker is Jennifer Nettles, choosing waves like Taylor’s yet less structured, less formal.
In the end, all was well for style watchers (like us!).
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