22 Girl Hair Drawing Ideas and References

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If you’re looking for girl hair drawing ideas and references, I have a collection that will help you practice drawing hair.

Drawing hair from references is a great practice that will eventually lead to you being able to draw from your imagination.

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Remember, when you first start drawing hair, you’ll want to draw the hair volume around the head first. That’s because hair doesn’t lie flat on the scalp.

As your drawing develops, make sure you consider whether the character will have straight hair, curly hair, bangs, etc. and draw your lines accordingly.

Drawing your lines early on will allow you to see the hairstyle more clearly.

I’ve tried to include a variety of hairstyles for you to practice, such as straight hair, curly hair, and even braids.

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Girl Hair Drawing Ideas and References

Check out these 22 women’s hair drawing ideas and references for inspiration drawing hair.

Side Braid

This is one of my favorite hair sketches. This girl has a really cute side braid. If you want to practice drawing braids, this is a great picture to use as a reference.

Sketch of girl with braid DRAWING

Photo Credit: cute_cxtnxss

Floral Wreath

This pictures shows how a floral wreath would look from behind. I like how the hair naturally flows down to a point at the mid back area.

GIRL WEARING FLORAL WREATH

Credit: sketchingtalent

Long Braid

Here’s another braid references, but this is a long braid that goes straight down the back. Notice how the hair is tied at the end with a natural hang past the tie off area.

GIRL WITH LONG BRAID

Credit: _sayanikaa

Straight Hair

This drawing is of a woman with straight medium length hair. This reference is great for anyone who wants to quickly practice drawing hair.

WOMAN WITH STRAIGHT HAIR SKETCH

Credit: ani.b_arts

Top Knot

I love how top knots look in drawings, but I sometimes have a hard time making them look realistic. I love how the hair is flowing with this top knot bun.

TOP KNOT DRAWING

Credit: arpis80

Wedding Hair

I called this wedding hair because I think this is a classic hairstyle that’s used for weddings. It’s clear that the artist who drew this is extremely talented.

WEDDING HAIRSTYLE DRAWING

Credit: sarah.artblog

Six Styles

These simple drawings offer you six different hairstyles to choose from. You can draw one of these styles, or all of them for practice.

SIX HAIRSTYLES

Credit: art_with_artist12

Step-by-Step Hairstyles

I love this drawing because it has three step-by-step tutorials to try out. The artist shows us how to draw each hairstyle in four steps. This is perfect for beginners.

STEP-BY-STEP HAIRSTYLES

Credit: art4dayz1

Ponytail with Headphones

This is some original to try out. This picture is of a girl with a long ponytail and headphones. I love how the hair looks in this drawing. It’s so realistic.

PONYTAIL WITH HEADPHONES

Credit: aswinkumar_s

Two Braided Buns

Here’s a unique style that’s perfect for anyone looking for a bit of a challenge. I’m loving how realistic this style is. Look at the shading, texture, and more involved in creating this look.

TWO BRAIDED BUNS

Credit: weheartit

Elegant Bun

This hairstyle is so elegant and filled with so much detail. From the pulled-out pieces of hair to the texture used for the ponytail, this is all very realistic. What a wonderful drawing.

ELEGANT BUN

Credit: weheartit

Messy Bun

This messy bun is so cute and would be perfect to use as a reference for drawing hair. You can also use this as reference for drawing hair from a top angle.

MESSY BUN

Credit: hobblekitty

Simple Sketches

This drawing is filled with 18 sketches of different hairstyles. I like this because these styles look great and are great for beginners to try their hands at.

SIMPLE SKETCHES

Credit: esylvia

Red Bun

This drawing is of red hair with a slightly messy bun. The artist did such a great job with the overall hairstyle as well as the hairline. I love how they have included the colors used to get the hair color.

RED BUN HAIRSTYLE

Credit: kyliesketches

SLEEK PULLED BACK PONYTAIL DRAWING

Credit: mahmoud_mohmady

Pink Hair

I love the drawings of colored hairstyles. This style is so bright and unique. If you want to practice using color on your hair drawings, you should definitely use this for reference.

GIRL WITH PINK HAIR

Credit: mjdfie

Low Fancy Bun

I call this a fancy bun because it looks so fancy and elegant to me. If you want to practice hairstyles aside from the straight ponytail or other straight style, give this one a try.

LOW FANCY BUN

Credit: mr._drackula_

Blue Hair

This drawing shows you which color was used to create the overall look for. I think this is such a great idea because it lets artists know how to use colors to give the hair a realistic appearance.

BLUE HAIR DRAWING

Credit: myrthes.creations

Realistic Hair

This hair is super realistic when it comes to the style, shading, etc. This is definitely an advanced hair look, but it’s perfect for anyone who wants the challenge.

REALISTIC HAIR DRAWING

Credit: cates.art

Nine Hairstyles

I’m loving this collection of nine different hairstyle for women. Not only are these hairstyles so cute, but they’re also modern, and there’s a hairstyle for every occasion.

NINE HAIRSTYLES

Credit: resim_ogrenmek

Hair Tutorials

Here we have a wide variety of hair tutorials. This artist gives plenty of notes on how to draw hair such as how to draw it from different angles, tips for hairlines, etc.

HAIR TUTORIALS GUIDE

Credit: Shark Bomb

Eight Hair Styles

This drawing has eight different hair styles for you to practice. There are short, long, and medium hairstyles for you to choose from when doing your drawings.

EIGHT HAIR STYLES

Credit: Styrbjorn Andersson

Locs

While the drawings are of a man, a woman can also look great with these loc styles. These even the addition of a hair scarf in one of the styles. I love these loc updos.

LOCS DRAWING

Credit: Kibbitzer

Braided Red Hair

This drawing is of a woman with long red hair that’s been put into two braids. There’s also the addition of the puffing up of the hair right after the braid. This is definitely a creative hairstyle.

BRAIDED RED HAIR

Credit: shidlikart

Short, Medium, and Long

This hair reference has two short hairstyles, two medium hairstyles, and two long hairstyles. These hairstyles look amazing and would be so fun to draw.

SHORT, MEDIUM, AND LONG HAIRSTYLES

Credit: weheartit

Curly Hair

This drawing actually gives a few tips for drawing realistic hair. They’re showing how to draw texture, highlights, shadows, and incorporate halftone.

CURLY HAIR

Credit: crystal_arts_

Long Wavy Hair

Here’s another hairstyle that looks like a classy wedding hairstyle. Again, this artist is just so talented when it comes to drawing realistic hair.

LONG WAVY HAIR

Credit: sarah.artblog

Long Hair and Starbucks

Okay, I have to admit, I have no idea how this artist made it look like the hair is wrapped around the fingers. This is definitely a lovely photo and it would be fun to learn this technique.

LONG HAIR AND STARBUCKS CUP

Credit: weheartit

Character Hair

Here are some simple sketches of character hairstyles. There are Disney characters like Snow White and Ariel. As well as classic characters like Marge Simpson and Pippi Longstocking.

CHARACTER HAIR

Credit: weheartit

Disney Princesses

If you’re a fan of Disney and Disney princesses, I think that it would be so fun to draw some of these hairstyles. This is a great references for practicing your hair shading.

DISNEY PRINCESSES HAIRSTYLES

Credit: weheartit

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