10. MARUSA Young Teen Miss Florida 2018, Ryleigh Shaw
Ryleigh Shaw's hairstyle could be described as "typical pageant hair." This is a go-to hairstyle for glitz pageants and young Teen competitors. Her hair has height at the root, which keeps her hair out of her face on stage and gives volume to her hairstyle. Shaw's curls are spiral curls, which give her a younger look and bounce nicely while on stage.
\MARUSA Young Teen Miss Florida 2018, Ryleigh Shaw. Photo: Ryleigh Shaw
9. USA National Miss District of Columbia Jr. Teen 2017, Clark Rector
Clark Rector has the natural, girl-next-door look down. Her short hair gives her a youthful but trendy look. Rector's hair has some light volume at the top, likely achieved through teasing her hair and smoothing just the top layer. I love how her hair is straight on the top and then curls at the bottom, which makes this look more relaxed and laid back instead of the typical stiff pageant hair. (Read: How Should A Teen Style Her Hair For Evening Gown?)
USA National Miss District of Columbia Jr. Teen 2017, Clark Rector. Photo: Goodwin Photography
8. Miss Montana Teen USA 2017, Elle Cook
Miss Montana Teen USA 2017 Elle Cook's hair is very on-trend. We're increasingly seeing a pull towards a middle part, and Cook is pulling off this style beautifully. In contrast to most pageant hairstyles, Cook's style can be described as sleek instead of voluminous. This is a style we've seen before, primarily in the swimsuit competition, but it is still rare on the pageant stage.
Miss Montana Teen USA 2017, Elle Cook. Photo: Georgina Vaughan
7. Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2017, Chloe Wildman
I love Chloe Wildman's unique short hair! This look is so refreshing compared to the long styles we see time and time again in pageantry. This cute pixie style looks effortless and polished and is simply breathtaking on stage. I love the confidence Wildman portrays with such a short haircut, and it is sure to wow the judges!
Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2017, Chloe Wildman. Photo: John Casper Photography
6. Miss Washington Teen USA 2017, Aly Williams
Aly Williams definitely mastered the perfect crown style. This hairstyle would be absolutely perfect for almost every appearance. The volume in the crown of her head flowing into long curls gives us the typical pageant hair we've all come to know and love. The twist on the typical pageant hair, however, comes with Williams' placement of her crown. By placing her crown over the front of her hair and under the back of her hair, it pulls her hair out of her face and shows off her crown beautifully.
Miss Washington Teen USA 2017, Aly Williams. Photo: Georgina Vaughan
5. International Junior Miss Upper Midwest Jr. Teen 2017, Grace Myler
Grace Myler gives us a fresh take on pageant hair with this long bob style. Her hair is sassy, flirty and chic, perfect for a Jr. Teen or Teen contestant! I particularly love the length of the hairstyle because it's the perfect length to frame her face nicely. This straight hair look is a natural and low-maintenance style, which cuts down the time it takes to get ready during a pageant weekend, bonus!
International Junior Miss Upper Midwest Jr. Teen 2017, Grace Myler. Photo: Grace Myler
4. Miss High School America 2017, Katie Schaaf
Miss High School America 2017 Katie Schaaf's look reminds me a lot of Kate Middleton – natural, pretty and royal. Schaaf's hair has lots of shine and body, making her look youthful and healthy. Her hair has curl at the bottom but the top remains straight. This gives her hair a polished but not "too polished" look and makes her appear very down-to-earth and relatable, exactly what a titleholder should be.
Miss High School America 2017, Katie Schaaf. Photo: Katie Schaaf
3. Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2017, Ciara White-Sparks
Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2017, Ciara White-Sparks, looks super glamorous with this curly hairstyle. I love how White-Sparks separated her curls instead of having them all lay against one another and create one giant curl. By separating the curls, her hair has more volume and dimension. I also love that White-Sparks' hair has a lot of smaller curled sections as opposed to have a few larger curled sections. This gives her hair a more fun and flirty vibe, perfect for a Teen contestant!
Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2017, Ciara White-Sparks. Photo: Georgina Vaughan
2. Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2017, Allison Tucker
Allison Tucker definitely mastered this natural look in 2017. Tucker starts with volume at the base, which is essential for almost every pageant hairstyle because it keeps your hair out of your face. Instead of going with the usual full curls look, she only curls the very ends of her hair, leaving most of her hair straight. This is a little more glamorous than your typical girl-next-door look and a little more natural than your typical pageant girl look. This style is the perfect balance for a Teen contestant.
Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2017, Allison Tucker. Photo: Kattie Hansen Photographer
1. Miss Teen International 2017, Carly Peeters
Miss Teen International 2017, Carly Peeters is hair goals for all of us! Her look has volume, body and the perfect amount of curl. It's no wonder she topped our list as the best Teen hairstyle of 2017. While you might not be able to pull all of your hair over to the side for an onstage competition, this look certainly works in a photoshoot. Peeters' curls go outward and away from her face, which draws your attention directly to her. Her hair is also not extremely curly but rather has just enough curl to give it some body and dimension. This is a beautiful style on Peeters!
Miss Teen International 2017, Carly Peeters. Photo: Carly Peeters
10. Kendra Hale, USA National Miss 2017
Kendra Hale rocked a classic hair look that is totally timeless on the pageant stage and is even worn by many girls just daily. She has her hair parted down the middle with simple, soft waves. The style looks effortless, but any girl whose hair doesn't hold a curl will certainly tell you otherwise. The style is perfect as it frames the face and can complement any wardrobe no matter the area of competition you are competing in.
Kendra Hale, USA National Miss 2017. Photo: Amanda Ferguson Photography
9. Paris Regan, Miss Lubbock Texas USA 2017
Curls are a certainly this girl's best friend. No matter what the event, even in a ponytail, Paris Regan often has her locks perfectly curled whether she's hitting the gym, modeling in her uniform as a volunteer firefighter or attending an appearance. Her look is completed with volume bigger than the state she hopes to someday represent. Hands down, this girl is gorgeous! Follow her Instagram, @theparisregan, and you'll see just how fabulous this Texas Tech college student looks no matter the task she is taking on.
Paris Regan, Miss Lubbock Texas USA 2017. Photo: Grant Foto
8. Maria Daza, Miss Colombia World
While curls are a staple in pageantry, sleek straight tresses are making a comeback. Maria Daza opted to style her thick, dark hair without a kink in sight. Straight hair is a great option for girls with strong bone structure, like Daza. Toss those strands behind your shoulders and strut your stuff without the worry of curls falling out.
Maria Daza, Miss Colombia World 2017. Photo: Maria Daza's Pageant Planet Profile
7. Leona Koxha, Miss Collegiate America 2018
Leona Koxha is one of those lucky girls who can do curls or straight locks. Her Instagram, @leonakoxha, demonstrates this, including a photo of her rocking a curled ponytail when she made an appearance at Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA. As she competed for Miss Collegiate America, she wore her bangs with enough volume to perfectly frame her face. Keeping her hair halfway over her shoulder and halfway behind her shoulder helped add shape and create an "s" shape for the eye to follow as she posed on stage.
Leona Koxha, Miss Collegiate America 2018. Photo: Leona Koxha Instagram/Denise Jane Portrait Design, Inc.
6. Katherine McQuade, National American Miss 2016-2017
McQuade's highlights are what helped make her style pop under the stage lights. While the curls frame her face, the highlights enhance the definition of her curls that would otherwise be lost and help make a dark, often heavy color appear lighter. She also pulled a portion of her hair to the front to add shape and definition to her poses on stage.
Katherine McQuade, National American Miss 2016-2017. Photo: Katherine McQuade Instagram
5. Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017
Short hair made its way to the forefront of fashion in 2017, including on the pageant stage. Long labeled as rebellious and daring, pageant girls who choose to rock short locks immediately win favor with audiences, and Brooke Bezanson was no different. Her cut is extremely simple but boldly blunt, showing off her cheekbones, nose and earrings with a super modern style.
Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017. Photo: Pageant Buzz
4. Davina Bennett, Miss Universe Jamaica 2017
Island girls always win the hearts of the audience around the world as they are bold, fearless, smart and beautiful. Davina Bennett chose to wear her hair in an afro at Miss Universe and the world loved her for it. Bennett's hair wasn't the only thing that stood out about her; in her evening gown, she looked like she could stand in the company of any diva from the 60s and 70s. She is beautiful beyond measure inside and out.
Miss Jamaica 2017, Davina Bennett. Photo: @iamdashproductions Instagram
3. Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017
Savvy Shields was spunky, blonde and always smiling during her reign as Miss America 2017. You couldn't help but fall in love with the silly southern girl with the sweetest accent who couldn't contain her joy even sitting on the couch waiting to be called to perform her talent at Miss America. Her hair was often styled in the same curls she won the crown in throughout her year of service. Sometimes it was partially pinned back, sometimes pulled into a bun, but even now, she can be found sporting some sort of curl. If our hair is an extension of our personalities, we know for sure that Shields' is bubbly, confident and perfect in so many ways.
Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017. Photo: Miss America Instagram
2. Andreia Gibau, Miss Earth United States 2017
Andreia Gibau, like many in 2017, went the straight hair route as well. Her straight hair allows her high cheekbones and strong jawline to stand out and she appears quite regal on stage. The straight hair also allows her hair to move easily behind her when she walks and she comes across very modelesque.
Miss Earth USA 2017, Andreia Gibau. Photo: Andreia Gibau Instagram
1. Kara McCullough, Miss USA 2017
Kara McCullough stole the Miss USA stage with her natural hair. It was curly, it was full of volume, it was a bit untamed (but whose hair isn't under the heat of the stage lights?) and above all, it was fun! McCullough has worn her hair the same way throughout her reign at appearances and in social media posts with it fully down, half up and even in an updo at Miss Universe, proving that natural can be stylish, too.
Kára McCullough, Miss USA 2017. Photo: Isaac Brekken/The Miss Universe Organization
10. Ms. Earth United Kingdom 2017, Rubie Marie
Who doesn't love a good updo for evening gown? I think Rubie Marie did a fantastic job with this pageant hairstyle. It is not the norm to see a contestant choose to wear her hair up in anything other than a pageant bun, but this look is elegant and sophisticated. Her hair is pulled back and away from her face, but the front section and the crown of her head still have a bit of height and volume to them. This is a great, classy look for any Ms. contestant!
Ms. Earth United Kingdom 2017, Rubie Marie. Photo: Instagram via @rubiemarieuk/UK Pageant Photography
9. USA Petite Ms. 2017, Neisha Molina
Neisha Molina's pageant hair instantly makes me think of the long, flowing locks of a goddess. She has a more natural and less-teased style than the traditional pageant hair and I think it does her justice. Molina's hair has a lot of natural body and volume to it. Instead of having uniform curls that sit perfectly against one another, Molina chose to give her look more dimension by alternating the direction she curled her hair in.
USA Petite Ms. 2017, Neisha Molina. Photo: ST Video/Photo
8. Ms. Black USA 2017, Kennetra Searcy
Kennetra Searcy is killing it with these braids! It's so unusual to see braids in pageantry, but I absolutely love it when a queen embraces them. Braids are traditionally a more protective hairstyle than trying to blow dry, straighten, curl and ultimately damage your hair to achieve the traditional "pageant hair." Many women choose to don braids for a fabulous and regal style that simultaneously protects their locks.
Ms. Black USA 2017, Kennetra Searcy. Photos: Instagram via @msblackusa
7. Ms. American Coed 2017, Rebecca Chisholm
Rebecca Chisholm is breaking out of the box with this bang hairstyle! It is really rare to see bangs on a pageant stage, but Chisholm didn't let that prevent her from rocking the style. What I love about this style is that it looks very natural while still looking glamorous. She's got a ton of volume throughout the base of her hair (something a good blowout can usually achieve). While her hair is straight, it is not so straight that it looks lifeless and stiff. This would be a good look for both evening gown and swimsuit if you have bangs!
Ms. American Coed 2017, Rebecca Chisholm. Photo: Rebecca Chisholm
6. Ms. Galaxy Ireland 2018, Laura Entwistle
Laura Entwistle gave us a perfect execution of a pageant favorite: the high bun. What I particularly love about Entwistle's high bun is that her hair is pulled back nicely without missing any little pieces here or there. So many times pageant girls will let their little baby hairs around their hairline fall from the bun, which creates a messy and unpolished look on stage. Entwistle's hair looks perfectly pulled back into a voluminous bun.
Ms. Galaxy Ireland 2018, Laura Entwistle. Photo: Robert Kelly Photography
5. Ms. US America International 2017, Shannon Fox
Shannon Fox gave us gorgeous pageant curls last year! Frequently, when a girl teases her hair on the top of her head, you'll see little sections of tangled hair peeping through. Fox's hair looks flawless and tangle-free throughout! The long and loose curls lay perfectly against one another and make Fox's hair look polished overall. Fox also used the "curl away from the face" method of curling her hair, a must for pageant-ready hairstyles!
Ms. US America International 2017, Shannon Fox. Photo: Instagram via @iamshannonfox
4. Ms. Earth 2017, Kristin Chucci
Kristin Chucci, Ms. Earth 2017, rocked the pageant wave look this year in her headshot. You can tell by the shine that Chucci started with healthy hair, an essential for all pageant girls. She went with a deep side part, which gives a little bonus volume on the top of her head. She also curled her hair away from her face, opening it up to the camera (or judges while you're on stage). What I really love about this look is how natural it appears. You can usually achieve a more natural look by lightly brushing out your hair after you curl it. No matter how Chucci achieved this hairstyle, I am absolutely loving it!
Ms. Earth 2017, Kristin Chucci. Photo: Ms. Earth Facebook
3. Elite Miss Earth United States 2017, Adele Scala
Elite Miss Earth United States 2017, Adele Scala, mastered the tousled and curled look this year. By wearing a side part, she was able to give her hair a little more natural volume from the base of her hair as opposed to having to tease her hair a ton at the top. Scala's curls are loose and curl mostly away from her face, which keeps her hair out of her face. Notice how her curls are not all going the same direction but rather appear to be "messy." This gives her a sexy, laid-back vibe to her look while adding extra volume and dimension throughout her hairstyle. Scala was also recognized as having one of the Top 10 Ms. Evening Gowns of 2017!
Elite Miss Earth United States 2017, Adele Scala. Photo: Benizo
2. Ms. America International 2017, Tracy Rodgers
I just love a good ponytail for fitness wear, and Tracy Rogers pulled this hairstyle off wonderfully! As you can see, getting volume at the crown of your head is essential for a pageant ponytail to look good. Here, Rogers parted the very front of her hair and used the rest of her hair to give volume at the crown of her head. She also chose not to go with an extremely high ponytail but rather one that sits at a natural spot about halfway up the back of her head. Rogers' ponytail looks natural but polished, perfect for the fitness portion of the competition.
Ms. America International 2017, Tracy Rodgers. Photo: Las Vegas Photo Studio
1. International Ms. 2017, Lisa Van Orden
Lisa Van Orden's hair looks absolutely stunning in this headshot! She mastered the right amount of volume to lift her hair away from her face without looking like she had to empty an entire can of hairspray to keep her hair up. These loose waves give her hair a natural glamour look while still looking polished and pulled together. Van Orden's hair has a ton of shine to it, which makes her hair (and her) look super healthy and youthful! She was also featured in the Top 10 Ms. Evening Gowns of 2017!
International Ms. 2017, Lisa Van Orden. Photo: Bret Josephs
10. Mrs. Earth 2017, Robyn Morrison-Charlesworth
Winning a title is a monumental moment in every contestant's life, so capturing the perfect crown shot is a great way to make these moments last forever. In addition to wearing an outfit that complements one's complexion and highlighting one's features with flawless makeup, a contestant should be sure to have her hair styled in the right way for her face. Robyn Morrison-Charlesworth is an ideal example of a contestant who knows how to pick the perfect hairstyle for a crown shot. Her voluminous curls frame her face and add dimension to this photo. Since the curls are so big and full, they balance out Morrison-Charlesworth's eye-catching crown.
Mrs. Earth 2017, Robyn Morrison-Charlesworth. Photo: Photo: Ms/Mrs. Earth UK Facebook page
9. Mrs. United States 2017, Lauren Ziegler
Contestants in all age divisions have begun wearing buns in various competitions during pageants. Although many contestants have the potential to rock a bun on stage or during an interview, this style looks especially flattering on more mature contestants, like those in the Mrs. division. Lauren Ziegler captured the national title of Mrs. United States 2017 after wearing her hair in this stylish bun during the evening gown competition. This loose bun makes Ziegler look elegant on stage and allows her bangs to fall and frame her face beautifully.
Lauren Ziegler, Mrs. United States 2017. Photo: Lauren Ziegler Instagram
8. Mrs. Arizona International 2017, Andrea Brower
Andrea Brower picked the perfect hairstyle for her headshot! By pushing all of her hair on one side of her face, she frames her face without overpowering it. By styling her hair in full waves, Brower made her hair look even more voluminous than it already is. This also made her hair frame her face perfectly, which allows her blue eyes to really pop next to her dark hair.
Mrs. Arizona International 2017, Andrea Brower. Photo: Mrs. International
7. Mrs. Australia Continents 2018, Jess Turunen
I love seeing short hair on titleholders, and Jess Turunen looks stunning in this short haircut! By styling her dark hair in curls, she made herself look classy and a little bit sassy. Due to her hair length, you can see each bouncy curl, making this such a fun hairstyle. Turunen's facial beauty is truly the focal point since her hair is tucked behind her ear and kept away from her face.
Mrs. Australia Continents 2018, Jess Turunen. Photo: Jess Turunen Facebook page
6. Mrs. Austin America 2017, Stephanie Hopkins
Stephanie Hopkins proved that everything really is bigger in Texas when she competed for the title of Mrs. Texas America 2017. Her voluminous curls are so big and full – she is definitely thick hair goals! Her bouncy curls are just the right amount of glamour to balance out her low-cut neckline and off-the-shoulder straps. Hopkins' curls frame her face especially well because she uniquely chose to part her hair in the center. Although this look isn't often seen on the pageant stage, Hopkins shows that this look can be perfect for a pageant. Both sides of her face are framed by her hair, drawing attention to her dazzling smile and eye-catching earrings.
Stephanie Hopkins, Mrs. Austin America 2017. Photo: Austen Williams
5. Mrs. World 2018, Alice Lee Giannetta
A sleek ponytail can be tough to rock, but Alice Lee Giannetta did so with ease. Not only does this hairstyle tie together her chic black and white outfit, but it allows Giannetta's gorgeous face to be shown off. Her ponytail adds to the modern vibes her look is giving off and doesn't distract from all of her adorable accessories. One thing that is so great about Giannetta's hairstyle is that it can be worn during various occasions. Contestants and titleholders have been seen rocking sleek ponytails during swimsuit competitions, interviews and appearances. Since this hairstyle truly highlights a contestant's face, it's perfect for those who want to show off their confidence.
Mrs. World 2018, Alice Lee Giannetta. Photo: @mrsaliceleeg Instagram
4. Mrs. Galaxy Belfast 2018, Charlotte
Charlotte's big, full curls have definitely been the dream of every contestant at one point or another. Her hair looks so thick and healthy in her headshot for Mrs. Ireland Galaxy 2018! This photograph truly captures the shine of her voluminous curls. Big, full curls are a popular choice in pageantry, however, this style looks especially great on contestants whose hair features various tones. Since Charlotte's blonde hair has highlights, the curls add even more dimension to her hair because the light hits it at varying angles.
Mrs. Galaxy Belfast, Charlotte. Photo: Mrs. Galaxy Website
3. Mrs. Texas International 2017, Lindsay Closson
Lindsay Closson is another contestant in the Mrs. division who rocked short hair during pageant season. Closson chose to style her short, dark hair in subtle waves that framed both sides of her face. This look made some of Closson's best features, like her eyes and smile, pop! Closson's waves look especially great because her hair is slightly lighter around her face and towards the ends. This brightens up her face and softens her overall look. These sassy waves also complement her off-the-shoulder dress perfectly, especially since her ruffled top isn't covered up, like it may have been if she had longer hair.
Mrs. Texas International 2017, Lindsay Closson. Photo: Lindsay Closson Facebook page
2. Mrs. Virginia United States 2017, Gretchen Bellard
The half-up, half-down style is a consistently popular hairstyle in pageantry. This style keeps hair away from the contestant's face and still leaves room for versatility. Gretchen Bellard chose to wear her long, blonde hair in a loose, half-up, half-down style with flowing waves. Bellard knew exactly what she was doing when she chose her hairstyle for the evening gown competition at Mrs. United States 2017. This classic hairstyle shows off Bellard's beautiful face and the unique neckline of her gown. Since her earrings are so eye-catching, wearing soft waves was a smart choice rather than big curls.
Mrs. Virginia United States 2017, Gretchen Bellard. Photo: Mrs. Virginia United States Instagram page
1. Mrs. America 2018, Mekayla Eppers
Another wonderful example of big, bouncy curls, Mekayla Eppers nabbed the number one spot on this top 10 list because of her shiny, voluminous curls! Parted more towards the middle, her dark curls frame both sides of her face nicely and add some balance to her face. Since Eppers has fair skin, having her thick hair take up a good portion of this shot allows for some beautiful contrast between the two. For this headshot, Eppers pushed more hair onto one shoulder than she did on the other. This adds an asymmetrical element to the headshot, making it more engaging to look at. Eppers definitely has an eye-catching headshot!
Mrs. America 2018, Mekayla Eppers. Photo: Mekayla Eppers
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