Homecoming is not meant to be fussy or formal, which is why the casual, mussy updos on the following pages are the perfect option for this year's football game and dance.
Here are a few suggestions for the perfect casual updo:
Choose Your Dress First
I believe your hair should complement your dress, not compete with it. If you want your dress to stand out, a casual mussy 'do is perfect because it means your hair will not compete with your dress.
Consider Your Hair Texture
These mussy 'dos are perfect for tousled, wavy hair. Curly hair is also optimal for this look.
Create Texture if Need Be
To get your hair to stay in place, you want as much texture to your hair as possible. Silky, fine hair will just fall out without a hair product to help it stay in place. Create texture with a salt spray, baby powder or dry shampoo.
The More Volume, the Better
For the perfect mussy look, you want as much volume as possible. If your hair isn't naturally voluminous, add volume with a mousse or volumizing spray (buy from Amazon).
To create volume, you can also backcomb hair. This adds body to the crown of the head. Learn more in How to Tease Your Hair.
Just Add Curls (or Waves)
For some looks, you'll want to add curls and waves to your hair before you pin, braid or pull it up in a ponytail holder. The added benefit to curls is they help your updo stay in place.
Hairspray is Your Best Friend
Even with a mussy do, hairspray will help keep it in place. Bring some with you to the game or the dance.
When selecting your homecoming look, think ahead 20 years, you want to look fabulous and timeless. See How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner in Prom Photos before you stand in front of the camera. Those tips will last you a lifetime of picture-taking.
Return to the main Homecoming Hairstyles hub for dozens more photos of hairstyle trends.