On July 5th of this year, the U.S. Women’s National Team finished off an incredible season. They won the FIFA World Cup, with an extraordinary score of 5-2 against Japan. And they did so with unexpected style and grace. There is much to be said about the hard work, dedication, attitudes these women brought to the table, as well as things like team chemistry and a bit of luck here and there. But this is a beauty column, and we’re going to get right down to it. That hair.
In the last decade or so, things like high fashion, professional beauty products and techniques, and even photography tips, have become fully accessible via the internet… and even more so through social media. As this has happened over time, everyone interested in these topics has gained as much knowledge and practice as they’ve wanted to gain. It’s remarkable how much you can learn in five minutes about makeup contouring or hair highlights. And also, as this has happened over time, people everywhere are taking possession of their sense of style. They are becoming more clear about what they like and don’t like, what they do and do not want to try, and what they are and are not comfortable with when it comes to beauty and fashion. One example: The last time the U.S. Women won the World Cup, there was much to be said about a certain shirt coming off and revealing a certain sports bra. But not a lot was said about those women’s fashion or beauty choices. And while, of course, it’s the work and success of this team that is most important to discuss, it’s been fun to see them sport some fresh haircuts and styles that are beautiful as well as sturdy.
The most recognizable hairstyle from the USWNT would have to be that of Abby Wambach. Over the years, she’s actually worn her hair in a variety of ways and shades, but through this tournament, her medium-brown hair was buzzed super-short at the sides around the back, and the top was left about ear-length and lightened to a bleachy, beachy blonde. The length of the top actually leaves some styling versatility, so this style really could work for a lot of different women, though many may be hesitant to try it.
Shannon Boxx has gorgeous natural curls. And she has found a bunch of different ways to wear it up while playing, from thick braids to a low-set rolled bun. On the flip side, Alex Morgan has long, dark hair with medium caramel-colored highlights. Several of the players have long hair, longer than their shoulders, and have come up with a favorite way to wear it during games. Boxx, however, makes an effort to switch it up a bit.
Meghan Klingenberg typically sported a shoulder-length bobbed style prior to this tournament, but has since cut her hair quite short.
Another famous style from this World Cup is Megan Rapinoe’s platinum blonde pixie cut. Both the cut and color suit her face perfectly, and make her stand out against mostly brunette, mostly long-haired teammates.
One last hairstyle we just had to mention is that of Sydney Leroux. Her hair is super-long (like down to her waist,) and is very dark, with an ombre coloring going into a light caramel blonde shade at the bottom. Sydney, too, has experimented a bit with styles both on and off the field, and it has been refreshing and exciting to watch.