Girl Hair Drawing Ideas and References

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.

Remember, when you 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, consider whether the character will have straight hair, curly hair, bangs, etc., and draw your lines accordingly.

Drawing your lines early 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.

Side Braid

Sketch of girl with braid DRAWING
Credit: rawsueshii

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

Floral Wreath

GIRL WEARING FLORAL WREATH
Credit: sketchingtalent

This picture 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.

Long Braid

GIRL WITH LONG BRAID
Credit: _sayanikaa

Here’s another braid reference, 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.

Straight Hair

WOMAN WITH STRAIGHT HAIR SKETCH
Credit: ani.b_arts

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

Top Knot

TOP KNOT DRAWING
Credit: arpis80

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.

Wedding Hair

WEDDING HAIRSTYLE DRAWING
Credit: sarah.artblog

I called this wedding hair because I think this is a classic hairstyle used for weddings. The artist who drew this is exceptionally talented.

Six Styles

SIX HAIRSTYLES
Credit: art_with_artist12

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

Step-by-Step Hairstyles

STEP-BY-STEP HAIRSTYLES
Credit: art4dayz1

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.

Ponytail with Headphones

long ponytail with headphones
Credit: aswinkumar_s

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.

Two Braided Buns

TWO BRAIDED BUNS
Credit: weheartit

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

Elegant Bun

ELEGANT BUN
Credit: weheartit

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

Messy Bun

MESSY BUN
Credit: hobblekitty

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

Simple Sketches

SIMPLE SKETCHES
Credit: esylvia

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.

Red Bun

RED BUN HAIRSTYLE
Credit: kyliesketches

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

Elegant Low Bun

SLEEK PULLED BACK PONYTAIL DRAWING
Credit: mahmoud_mohmady

Practice drawing hair by trying out this elegant low bun. The artist did a great job of drawing the texture of the hair.

Pink Hair

GIRL WITH PINK HAIR
Credit: mjdfie

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 use this for reference.

Low Fancy Bun

LOW FANCY BUN
Credit: mr._drackula_

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 another straight style, try this one.

Blue Hair

BLUE HAIR DRAWING
Credit: myrthes.creations

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

Realistic Hair

REALISTIC HAIR DRAWING
Credit: cates.art

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

Nine Hairstyles

NINE HAIRSTYLES
Credit: resim_ogrenmek

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

Hair Tutorials

HAIR TUTORIALS GUIDE
Credit: Shark Bomb

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.

Eight Hair Styles

EIGHT HAIR STYLES
Credit: Styrbjorn Andersson

This drawing has eight different hairstyles for you to practice. You can choose from short, long, and medium hairstyles when doing your drawings.

Locs

LOCS DRAWING
Credit: Kibbitzer

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

Braided Red Hair

BRAIDED RED HAIR
Credit: shidlikart

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.

Short, Medium, and Long

SHORT, MEDIUM, AND LONG HAIRSTYLES
Credit: weheartit

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.

Curly Hair

CURLY HAIR
Credit: crystal_arts_

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

Long Wavy Hair

LONG WAVY HAIR
Credit: sarah.artblog

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

Long Hair and Starbucks

LONG HAIR AND STARBUCKS CUP
Credit: weheartit

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 a lovely photo, and it would be fun to learn this technique.

Character Hair

CHARACTER HAIR
Credit: weheartit

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.

Disney Princesses

DISNEY PRINCESSES HAIRSTYLES
Credit: weheartit

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 reference for practicing your hair shading.

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