Bohemian Half-Up Fishtail Braid
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Achieve a look straight out of a fairy tale with this half-up fishtail braid. The romantic simplicity of the braid makes sequined or classic dresses look ready for the red carpet. With only three steps, it's super-easy to create and will last all night long. Tip: This style works best on girls with longer hair.
Romantic Flower-Braid Half-Updo
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Playful Half-Up French Twist
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Looking for a hairstyle somewhere between formal and fun? Give this half-up French twist a try. This versatile 'do will complement any dress and takes less than two minutes to create. Plus, you can wear your hair curly or straight!
Photo: Elisabeth Johnson/Beauty Blondie
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All you need to create this flirty homecoming hairdo is a headband—we promise, no pins required! Choose a headband that complements your dress, place it about an inch from your hairline, grab two sections from either side, and wrap them around the band until they meet at the back. Spritz with hairspray, and you're ready for a rockin' night.
Four Easy Curled Hairstyles
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Complement a simple dress with voluminous waves pulled back into an effortless half updo. This tutorial from Makeup Wearables Hairstyles shows four effortless ways to style medium to long hair. We love the twist-rolled low pony—it'll keep your hair out of your face while still appearing laid-back.
Photo: Makeup Wearables Hairstyles
Half-Up Twist Bun
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Half-up buns were all the rage last summer. This twisted version gives the casual street hairstyle a simple and sweet makeover. To get this easy look, pull a top section of hair—just above your temples—and secure with a clear elastic. Section the ponytail into two parts, and twist each one; then twist the two sections together. Create the bun by wrapping it around the base, and pin into place. Hint: This looks great on girls with short hair!
Simple Knotted Half-Updo
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Not into glam curls or fancy updos? No worries: This knotted half updo is super-simple yet makes all the difference. Wear your hair straight, wavy, or in its natural texture, and pull two 1-inch front sections to the back to create the knot. The knot will add a bit of structure to the 'do to make it event-appropriate. Tip: Rub an essential oil into ends to smooth and add shine.
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Messy braids were a huge hit on the Spring/Summer 2015 runways, and the style translates perfectly for homecoming hair. The double twist even takes this look up a notch. Use a dry shampoo, styling mousse, or a curling iron to add texture, and follow this great tutorial from Amber of Barefoot Blonde. Make your twist as messy as you want by tugging at the loops.
Photo: Barefoot Blonde
Easy Braided Hairstyle
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Braids are majorly trending in the beauty world. Give a typical bun a fresh new look with textured braids. This hairstyle is easy to do yourself—for free—and we guarantee it will stay put all night long. You only need a few pins and a spritz of hairspray. Leave out a few small face-framing pieces to soften the look. Hint: This hairstyle allows you to show off your shoulders in a strapless dress.
Classic French Twist Updo
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Updos don't have to be over-the-top. A French twist is a sleek way to pull your hair back without going overboard. Like the half-up version, this style takes less than 2 minutes to create, and it looks amazing every time. Pair with a classic black column dress and statement earrings, and you'll be the chicest girl at the ball.
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Chignons are possibly our favorite updo for semi-formal and formal occasions. It's a classic look that will never go out of style (so you won't cringe when you pull out the photos 10 years later). But homecoming is a time to have fun with your look, so try incorporating braids into your hairstyle. We suggest this hair for girls with simple dresses, but this versatile hairstyle will pair perfectly with virtually any outfit.
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Complement your fun and flirty personality with this half-up, half-down hairstyle. Section your hair into two parts—top and bottom—and create bouncy waves with a curling wand on the bottom section, gently pulling at the ends to relax your hair as it cools. Take the top section, and French-braid it, starting from the front center and working back until all hair has been incorporated into the braid; then tuck the ends and pin. Finish with a heavy-hold hairspray.
Photo: Join The Mood
Wraparound Rope-Braid Bun
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Not all homecoming updos have to be super-styled and super-structured. Give this rope-braid bun a go if you prefer a relaxed, effortless look. This hairstyle is flattering on every girl, but we especially love how it gets your hair back to show off a killer neckline in a strapless dress. Tip: Place a brooch at the base of the rope braid if you need a bit more embellishment.
Jessica Alba-Inspired Braided Bun
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Jessica Alba is our idol for basically every facet of our lives, so of course we turn to her when we need homecoming hairstyle inspiration. This elegant low bun wowed on the red carpet, and it's sure to turn heads at the high school dance. Before styling, give your hair volume with dry shampoo and by backcombing at the roots. This tutorial makes it super-simple to re-create the complex look.
Three-Strand Boho Braid
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Here at the DC office, we're all obsessed with the romanticism of braids—braids have the ability to completely transform a hairstyle. The incorporation of small fishtail braids into this side-swept boho hairstyle adds dimension and elegance. Before braiding, style your hair into loose waves with a big-barrel curling iron and give your hair grip with texturizing spray.
Braided Hair Headband
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Not all homecoming hairstyles have to be complex. Braiding your hair into a headband is simple and elegant. The look is super-versatile: Wear it down with sleek straight or voluminously curled hair, or twist it into a low chignon. Cute, classic, and easy to create, this hairstyle will seriously work on any girl.
Side-swept Glamorous Waves
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Gorgeously curled hair is a foolproof homecoming hairstyle, but depending on your dress, a full head of voluminous hair can be overwhelming. Take a cue from this Carrie Underwood–inspired hair tutorial, and pin one side into a faux undercut. It's super-trendy and flatters every girl. This hairstyle works especially well to show off one-shoulder gowns.
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Waterfall braids have a romantic vibe. Whether you incorporate all your hair into this style or opt for an accent braid, this easy-to-create homecoming hairstyle is a winner in our book. If your dress is simple and classic, give your hair texture with flatiron curls and wear the style down; for a more belle-of-the-ball dress, pin your hair into a low bun to balance it out.
Messy Side-Fishtail Braid
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While a classic fishtail braid would suffice as a beautiful homecoming hairstyle, adding embellishments and a bit of texture takes this look to a new level. Have fun with your braid by adding clips or flowers to complement your dress—just be wary of going overboard. For extra hold and texture, curl your hair with a big-barrel curling iron before braiding. Hint: This style is stunning teamed with a one-shoulder dress.
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The beauty world has been throwing it back to the '60s for the past few seasons. Take inspiration from the mod era, and try a voluminous updo for homecoming. Sky-high volume gives this look a formal feel, but the half-down style keeps it relaxed and fun rather than stiff. Leave a few face-framing pieces loose to avoid having the style look too harsh. This video tutorial shows you how to get the lasting look.
Photo: John Frieda UK
Super Sexy Double Ponytail
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This sporty style gets a sexy makeover with lots of texture and a bit of volume. The perfect ponytail can be hard to achieve, but this tutorial is nearly foolproof, regardless of your hair type. The secret? A double pony. Start by curling your hair with a medium-sized curling iron; then create a high pony with just a back section of your hair. Next, take the bottom section and create a second pony at the nape of your neck. Give the top and side sections of your hair volume, and pull your hair back, wrapping it around the high pony and pinning into place. Finish with a firm-hold hairspray.
Side Ponytail with Micro Braids
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Another dressed-up take on a ponytail, this side pony incorporates subtle texture and micro braids. Give your hair a wavy texture with a big-barrel curling iron or a flat iron, and pull hair to one side. Take a small section from either side of your head, and create two tight 3-strand braids. Gather all hair near your collarbone, then wrap the braids around—they will act as an embellishment while also serving the utilitarian purpose of holding the side pony together. Leave a few inches of the ponytail out at the end, secure with an elastic, and wrap braids around it to hide the elastic.