Miranda Lambert’s New Hairstyle: Bob Replaces Baby Braids

I remember Miranda Lambert in braids. Real braids. One on the left, one on the right. So this new hair style of hers? It’s worlds away from the teenager she was when she was a contestant on Nashville Star in 2003.

That look was very country-girl-from-Texas. And I loved it. It was so her at the time. She even told the host during her audition that big hair was what made girls from Texas so special.

Her new bob, though, is just so, so perfect. It is a little longer than chin-length. And it has volume in the right places (on top) and is sleek in the right places (the sides), and her side swept bangs make the whole style seem classic and timeless. Like she’ll never look back at photos and say, “What was I thinking?”

Lambert debuted her new haircut at the No. 1 party for her most recent chart topper “Automatic” on Monday evening (June 30) in Nashville. She paired the new ’do with a pink retro party dress reminiscent of a time before everything became automatic. Her co-writers Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon wore similar vintage looks.

Her last look, from the CMT Music Awards in early June, was pretty edgy. She had a very deep side part and some baby braids on the side of her head. So to go from that badass style to this bouncy bob takes guts. Clearly, Lambert’s got guts.

In fact, I’ve always thought she did a great job of styling her bright blond hair to be just right for whatever look and tune she had going on at the time. Fiery rocker? Big tease-it-to-Jesus kind of hair. Sweet bittersweet ballad? Soft waves and loose curls. Sassy tune? Classy updo. She could even make a high ponytail look somehow country.

Lambert finished third on Nashville Star, behind the winner Buddy Jewell (“Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)”) and John Arthur Martinez. Her audition song, “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere,” which she wrote with her dad, found its way onto her 2005 debut album Kerosene.

After hearing the song and her performance, Nashville Star judge Charlie Robison proclaimed, “That’s just what country needs right now.”

Man, was he ever right.

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