OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood’s Crunchy Bangs and Glittery Nails

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She’s come a long way, baby. And now, Carrie Underwood is undisputedly one of the most gorgeous women to ever grace a country stage. But, like many of us, she had her questionable beauty phases. Like the crunchy-bangs phase. She told Marie Claire magazine she used to put a whole bunch of gel in her bangs and comb them over. “It would dry and you could, like, flick it,” she said. And when her mom tried to talk some sense into Underwood, she’d tell her mom, “Whatever — you’re not cool.” She also talks openly about putting a different color of glittery nail polish on each finger. But who among us didn’t do that? The only beauty trouble Underwood has now is keeping her hair nice when she travels. Showering on the tour bus is the worst since the water is like garden-hose water.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.