The Miss America 2017 competition may be long over, but we as pageant lovers can still be in awe of the gowns, beauty and, especially, the hairstyles of the pageant.
If you are like most Americans, you probably didn’t get to watch the entire week of preliminary competition. This is where all 52 contestants really shine, and it is unfortunate that each girl doesn’t get the recognition she deserves.
Each and every representative was flawless and outstanding in her beauty and grace, but these five hairstyles really stood out to us as the best of the best. We hope that you can use these as some inspiration for you next pageant hairstyle! (Read: What Hairstyle Should You Wear Based on Your System?)
5 Top Hairstyles at Miss America Preliminaries
5. Miss Indiana 2016, Brianna DeCamp
Very few of the contestants chose to wear an up do during preliminaries, and we chose to feature a two of them in this list. I love how Brianna had a side part with a bang swoop that could withstand Hurricane Mathew; it gave an extremely regal, vintage glow to her entire look, which juxtaposed effortlessly with her unique color and gown shape. (Read: Miss America 2017 Preliminary Evening Gowns in Review)
4. Miss Nevada 2016, Bailey Gumm
With all the waves, bends, curls and teasing going on, Bailey’s simplistic, smooth hair absolutely glowed. Her brunette hair looked stunning with little to no curl, but rather her thick locks were a soft waterfall swept to the side. It was such a standout look that allowed her presence to take center stage.
3. Miss Kansas 2016, Kendall Schoenekase
“Wowza” is the word that comes to mind when I see this amazing mermaid gown with its sharp, geometrical, plunging neckline. Kendall styled her hair artfully and it was the perfect contrast of feminine and edgy, mixing soft and strong throughout her entire look. I also think it was one of the best side coifed hairstyle of all the preliminary nights. (Read: Miss Kansas 2016 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?)
2. Miss Maryland 2016, Hannah Brewer
Clearly Hannah had the “it” factor during every phase of competition, shown not only by a preliminary swimsuit win, but also by making the Top 7. Her preliminary evening gown hairstyle was actually different than what she showed to the nation on live television, with a low chignon and a unique, dramatic center part. I reached out to Hannah about her choice of hairstyle for preliminary, and she even gave a couple pointers for girls looking to have a more fashion-forward hairstyle.
Hannah chose an up do to help her stand out while also accentuating the halter neckline of her gorgeous red gown. The current Miss Maryland also suggested other contestants to “look at what’s on the red carpet, runway, and fashion weeks” when looking for inspiration. She recommended girls keep up do’s more modern and stylish, and less “pageanty.”
1. South Carolina 2016, Rachel Wyatt
Rachel’s hair is everything that encompasses #hairgoals, and I have some serious hair envy going on right now. The way her hair was perfectly curled with not too tight of ringlets, but not too large of waves made for absolute perfection for her overall look. I am also a fan of how just one side is brought forward over her shoulder, leaving the rest to fall gracefully behind and showcase the plunging neckline of her gown.
There you have it, our picks for the top five hair styles at Miss America. What were your favorites? Leave them in the comments below!