Cowgirl Hair

Woman with ponytail braids wearing a hat

From their cowgirl boots to their toned bums, which they seem to effortlessly flaunt in their Daisy Duke cut-offs, to their seemingly perfect messy buns, a cowgirl’s style is always on point. As the temperature begins to rise and summer sets itself in full swing, the last thing anyone of us wants is our long hair getting icky and sticky on the back of our necks. So, we decided to take a few hair styling tips from the sassy cowgirls of today, and figure out how to create the perfect, summertime, sexy, cowgirl hairdo (a.k.a a chic farm girl messy bun).

Since we understand that the messy bun, has taken on a whole new meaning over the past few years, we have provided you with two different, cowgirl approved, hairstyles. The first cowgirl hairdo takes minimal effort and is perfect for those days when you are running behind and are okay with your messy bun getting a bit…well, messy. The second cowgirl hairstyle takes a bit more effort, as it begins at the top of your head with a Dutch side braid and works its way down to a low, messy bun. Take a few moments to read over the steps involved in each look and decide which cowgirl style works for you!

The Simple, Less Effort Required, Cowgirl Hairdo
Begin the look with either freshly washed and dried hair, or day old washed hair. If you choose the ladder of the two, go ahead and sprinkle some root lifting powder in your roots to give your hair some extra oomph. Next, apply some high-quality heat protectant to your locks – the Lionesses Hair Serum is a perfect choice – and give your hair some cowgirl texture with a large barrel curling iron or clipless wand, being sure to follow up with a few spritz of movable hairspray. Now, pull back the hair on the crown of your head first, and create a low profile poof, being sure to secure it with a bobby pin or two. When you’re ready, pull the rest of your hair to the center back of your head and secure it into a ponytail. Now, with bobby pins at the ready, take sections from the ponytail, use your fingers to shape the section into large and small ringlets, and pin the ringlet close to the base of the ponytail. Finally, secure it all with some medium to strong hold hairspray and you won’t have to worry about you hair falling down all day!

The Sassy, More Elaborate, Cowgirl Hairdo
Just as with the first look, you whether your hair is freshly washed and dried hair, or day old washed hair is totally up to you. Begin this look by creating a right-side part. Now, grab a section of your hair on the more-hair side of your part (which should be the left side). Okay, next you will separate the section of hair that you just grabbed into three equally smaller sections. Those of you who have never attempted a Dutch braid may need some practice with the braiding part of this do.

Now, cross the back section under the middle section. Then simply bring the front section under the middle section. Now, move the back section under the middle and pull in a new section of hair to incorporate into the braid, just as you would with a French braid. Go ahead and cross the front section under the middle, and then just like before, incorporate another section. Keep up this pattern of crossing under and incorporating new hair into the braid until the braid reaches your ear. At this point, continue the braiding pattern, without incorporating new hair and secure it with a small elastic.

Once you’ve tied off the first braid, do the same thing to the other side, with a slightly smaller amount of hair. Again, secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic. Now pull all your braided and unbraided hair into a mid-to-low ponytail, pulling the all of the hair through a hair tie once, then as you would with a bun, warp the hair around again, but only pull the hair half way through. Now, use a few bobby pins to redirect any untamed ends and finish the look with some medium-to-strong hold hairspray.

“Running Late” Hairstyles

The last thing you want to do when you are running late, is your hair. But your entire ensemble can feel incomplete and disheveled if your hair is not “done”! So what are your choices?? Sometimes, it can be worth that extra two minutes just to come up with a quick “do”, to NOT look unkempt. You’re already going to be late anyway, you may as well look good when you show up!

These are the quick and easy trends for “running late” hair that will keep you looking fashionably fabulous!

Stylish woman wearing a sleek ponytail.

The Sleek Ponytail
You cannot go wrong with a slicked back, tight ponytail. They are clean and easy, completing any look from casual to a little more dressy. Remember to always use either a fabric covered band to keep from breaking hair and a band that either matches your hair color or your outfit. Use a light wax or hairspray to keep the ponytail looking sleek and to keep frizzies at bay all day.

Woman with ponytail hair.

The Side Part Ponytail
The sleek style, but in a different location – part your hair on one side and slick it back into a low ponytail for a different look. Just as gorgeous and professional looking as the sleek ponytail, just a little more stylish. This is also a great style for anyone from the late at-home mom to the business woman on the go. Same rules apply, just keep it healthy!

Woman with braided hair.

Loose Braids
It’s the “I just rolled out of bed and threw my hair back into this old thing” look. Part your hair on one side (not down the middle) and loosely braid it, securing the end tightly with a fabric covered band. Pull pieces gently loose to avoid looking to “done”, then spray lightly with an aerosol hairspray to keep stray hairs in place.

Woman wearing baseball cap.

Baseball Cap
You can’t go wrong with a favorite sports team baseball cap and ponytail. For the more casual look, a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap actually LOOK put together. No one will ever know you were running too late to take a shower! Probably the easiest and most fun look, not to mention a great transition into that after school or after work game.

Woman with tousled bun hairstyle.

The Tousled Bun
Start with the slicked back ponytail or side parted ponytail, then wrap the ponytail hair around itself in a circular motion. Take a fabric covered ponytail holder and loosely wrap it twice around the bun. If pieces are sticking out here and there, all the better! The tousled bun is a sexy, yet simple look for all ages and styles.

Keep it simple, are words to live by when you are deciding on which “running late” hair do to go with!