Carrie Underwood's hair evolution
Um, adorable much? This is Carrie Underwood's 3rd grade school photo from The Checotah School in Oklahoma.
Musical beginnings! Underwood plays piano in this 6th grade photo taken at The Checotah School in Oklahoma in 1995.
If blowouts like Underwood's were available when we were seniors in high school, we certainly weren't aware of them. This is her senior yearbook photo at The Checotah High School.
Here, Carrie poses for an "American Idol" press photo, clad in a sweet lilac blouse.
Underwood adopted a Sandy-from-Grease vibe midway through her "American Idol" career. And we totally dug it.
Underwood embraced her country roots with her outfit, but her hair tells a different story. It's rocker-chic and so fabulous.
Remember these curls from the finale? Underwood's hair had all the energy of her epic winning number.
With "Inside Your Heaven" topping charts across the nation, it's no surprise Underwood looks so joyful in this photo. We're swooning over the softer curls she's showing off here.
Has she really always been this fashionable? Here, Underwood arrives at the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards on May 23, 2006.
We're obsessed with this retro-inspired half-updo.
A side ponytail and long bangs. Not everyone can rock this look, but of course, Underwood nails it.
During Fashion Week, Underwood looks polished, professional, and pulled together. You'd hardly know she's a country rockstar.
Underwood looks like she matured several years in this photo, with less bouncy, more grown-up curls that frame her face beautifully.
Underwood's 90's-inspired updo is pretty fabulous.
At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, Underwood gave us serious hair envy when she brought back the side bangs.
With even more prominent bangs, Underwood rocked the CMA red carpet in 2008.
Looking sun-kissed and beautiful, Underwood opted for a stunning half-back updo at the People's Choice Awards in 2009.
So many layers -- and still she pulls it off!
Underwood looked practically regal with her hair pulled away from her face at an Academy Award viewing and after party in 2009.
Underwood returned to the folksy look for which she's best known in this gorgeous 2009 photo.
We can't get over the stunning contrast between's Underwood's sleek, straight bangs and buoyant curls.
And then she cut it off! Here, Underwood's hair is noticeably shorter, and with part of it pinned up, she's practically a whole different woman.
Underwood arrived at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards looking unbelievably flawless. We think this look might be one of our favorites.
Wait, is this even her?! Underwood's new, thinner bangs give her more of an edgy look than ever.
Fiery and red. We love it!
Okay, STOP EVERYTHING. We want to go back in time and stare at this exquisite chignon. Half messy, half elegant, all gorgeous. Yes, yes, yes.
Underwood almost went full-on platinum blonde in this photo from 2012.
Sporting a darker look, Underwood looks about as gorgeous as a girl can be. We'd like to see her try a real brunette color one of these days!
How does she make "messy" look so good? We want Underwood's secrets.
Underwood looked positively angelic as Maria von Trapp in the live three-hour version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, "The Sound of Music," broadcast on NBC in December 2013.
We're so in love with her nearly-undone, down-to-earth looks.
This hairdo Underwood wore to the Billboard Music Awards in 2014 is a showstopper.
Shaggy and chic. Only Underwood can pull it off.
Underwood turned heads at the 49th annual CMA Awards in Nashville.
Rocker hair met New Year's Eve hair when Underwood performed during the New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square in 2015.
Underwood's modern, clean hairstyle nearly stopped traffic on the red carpet in 2016.
If this look is any indication of what's to come for Underwood, then we're in luck. She's pulling out all the stops, with a hairdo (and outfit!) that's brighter and bolder than ever.