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Fall brings so many wonderful moments – the first frost, warmth of spice in a pumpkin latte, the changing of the leaves. Among these special times is homecoming, a rite of passage pivotal to the high school experience. Along with the crispness of the football games, excitement of the parade, and thrill of the pep rally, the homecoming dance finishes these festivities with a bang.
When prepping for homecoming, one of the most important aspects is the hairdo. While it might seem like a trifle, your hair can make or break a homecoming look. Even more important than makeup, matching your hair to your outfit for homecoming is essential.
Since homecoming isn’t quite as formal as prom, you can get as fancy or flowy as you would like. Depending on what dress you pick, your personal style, and how hard you like to dance, choose a homecoming hairstyle that suits your needs and looks completely fabulous!
Best Homecoming Hair Ideas & Inspiration
Half-Up Dutch Braid
If you have longer hair, a half-up style is a great option for homecoming. This style is particularly good for avid dancers, as the Dutch braid will help to hold hair in place while adding texture and style. Adding curls throughout the look brings volume as well as elegance, particularly as these curls are of a different size and shape.
Do you have a killer dyed style, like ombré or balayage? Then you just might want to keep your hair down and loose for homecoming to show it off. A “free” style is also great if your dress is a bit simpler or has some flow itself. Both hair and dress can move together as you move on the dance floor!
On the other end of the spectrum, you have a much more complex style like this one. Weaving the braids in and out of the large curls and swoops brings an element of movement while keeping every hair in place. This style is particularly stunning with the deep purple color, the different elements bringing out the depth of the shade.
Pumped Up Fishtail
Fishtail braids are all the rage, particularly in the Dutch style. Fishtails bring a cool textural element, while being softer than a conventional braid. Using the pulling method, this long braid gets height and volume perfect for a homecoming look.
When it comes to homecoming hairstyles, nothing quite beats a classic twist. For those with long hair, like this model, the twist becomes large and gorgeous. This pulls all of your hair out of the way, gives a sense of movement, and is frankly stunning. In this instance, adding the decorative comb is a perfect touch.
A Touch of Lavender
This amazing half up style brings together different styles of braids in a classic bohemian style, adding texture that sets off the highlights in the hair. The thick side braids appear to tie together, providing a natural look, while contrasting nicely with the other braids. An addition of the lavender hair color really makes this style sing!
White Blonde Magic
Sometimes simple is best, and with highlights like these, we wouldn’t blame you for keeping your hair down! The key to a loose style is to add volume to keep your locks from looking too lank. Here, adding waves makes the blonde highlights catch the light, which will certainly draw eyes on the dance floor.
Braid and Twist
Elegant on top and fun on the bottom, this is the perfect homecoming hairstyle. The braids sweep the sides in a smooth arch, then curve around each other in the twist at the bottom. A smooth bump helps to break up the look, while the curls frame the face. If you have bangs, we recommend you leave them out rather than pull them back in this style, as they will create a pleasant face shape.
This beautiful style brings together several different techniques, including curls, twists, and braiding. To begin, the hair needs to be curled before beginning the style. Once it is woven together, you won’t be able to add the curls. From there, at the top, twists help to form the initial shape of the style and hold the hair in place. Then, start to form the braid by bringing the twisted elements together. What’s great about this style is there isn’t a clear end, hidden pins help to hold it in place.
Bun to the Max
Nothing makes an impact quite like a bun, and an amped-up bun like this is perfect for homecoming! While a fun bun style is gorgeous, there is nothing that says you can do a half up style, like the one pictured here. That gives you the chance to have a smoother section up top and the curls underneath for a difference in texture. We suggest using a bun donut to achieve this look.
Among the most popular braided looks, Viking braids are popping up everywhere! What characterizes a Viking braid is either the Mohawk-braid style, like this one, accompanied by smaller braids, or several types and sizes of braid in a looser look. A major advantage to the Viking style is the security of your hair. This style isn’t going anywhere, so feel free to dance like a Viking while at homecoming! (Although you should probably keep the plundering to a minimum)
Classic Low Bun
There’s nothing quite as classic and elegant as a low bun. The sweep and silhouette created by the shape of this style beautifully complements the face, bringing attention to the main star of any look – you! Adding little twists breaks up the style, and creates the perfect place for the baby’s breath to rest. You can’t go wrong with this style for any formal occasion!
Sophisticated and sweet, the braided crown is a simple style with incredible impact. It helps to form a frame around the face, while sweeping the braids around adds a layer to the hair. With such long locks, it’s a good idea to have multiple focal points in your style. Curls give just the right touch to round out this look.
Call of the Siren
Black and green are a gorgeous combination that work great in this ombré style. The thick crown braid is particularly effective, as it brings the deep teal color to a place in the hair where it wouldn’t be normally, adding interest to the look. Going for a waved effect on the bottom will have people thinking of mermaids and the sea, a touch of mystery within your overall style.
Movement is the theme of this gorgeous style, with the waves of the hair flowing like water down a river. The effect allows all the highlights of the hair to shine, bringing a fun change of color as well as texture throughout the look. Adding the one braid along the side also breaks up the style, providing a touch of height as well as beauty.
Wrap and Weave
Totally unique, this braided style is unlike any we have ever seen. Bringing the hair together in this way is reminiscent of vintage hair combs that helped to created twists and half up styles such as these. This style has touches of both simplicity and complexity in a truly rare look. The silver and aqua of the hair color makes the effect all the more striking.
Dutch Braid Half Ponytail
A simple Dutch braid is a great way to add flair to a half up look. Put two along the sides, or stick with just the one across the top, as seen here. Going for the one braid naturally creates separation and definition within your style, which adds interest to your overall look. Keeping it simple with a ponytail at the back makes for a clean finish.
Double Braid and Twist
There’s more than one way to do “business in the front, party in the back.” With a style like this, the front is sleek and smooth, while the back is all about the glamour. Two sets of Dutch fishtail braids curve around the head, only to get all tangled up together at the bottom in two incredible twists. The movement that comes from the braids almost makes the style seem like a living thing, gorgeous and mysterious all at once.
Half Up Fishtail
The elegant simplicity of this still makes it the perfect choice for a homecoming hairstyle. Giving the top a lift with a small bump helps to add interest and volume, while the bringing of the side pieces into the fishtail makes the perfect half up style. Wrapping the hair around the bottom of the braid finishes the style off in a clean fashion.
Low Full Bun
Another great use for a bun donut, a low bun makes a great statement. The volume in this style packs a punch, allowing you to add other delicate touches like the flowers. You could also leave a few pieces out in the front to frame the face, or leave them pulled back as pictured.
Tie it Back
Large Dutch braids are fun and funky, emphasized by tying them back with a bohemian scarf. While an unconventional homecoming style, this is a great look if you want to do something outside the norm. You can also rest assured that your hair will stay in place with these braids, a good quality in a dance style!
A fun mashup of style, this look begins with waves at the top of the head, coming together in two large curls at the bottom. This is a great way to let the under color come through, while creating a nice shape in the front. The best part about this look is that it could work with a variety of hair types and colors.
Speaking of mashups, this style brings together several looks to form one amazing homecoming hairdo. From the fishtail at the top to the bun at the bottom, the different layers and textures makes the style stunning. Adding a small braid that comes from the top of the head and wraps around to the bottom provides an element of cohesion that ties the look together.
Over the Shoulder
Over the shoulder looks are fantastic for homecoming, as they create an asymmetrical look for a fun visual contrast. Especially if you have an intricate dress such as this one, you don’t want your hair to be too complex. A simple hairstyle will compliment a detailed dress rather than detract from it, and an over the shoulder style fits that bill nicely.
Twist and Bun
Another elegant look, twists are the perfect complement to a low bun. This is largely due to the practicality of the twists, as they help to hold the hair in place while working into the bun. You can use a bun donut, or pull the hair in with pins, it depends on the thickness and texture of your hair. A simple style also means you can add in a bit of adornment, like the pear clip pictured here.
An alternative low bun look, this bun is more the wrap up style than a circular one. To accomplish this, you loop the bun up on itself, and then pin it into place. Taking a twist on the twist, crossing the hair pieces over the bun adds a bit of visual interest. Sleek and smooth, this is a stunning option for a homecoming hairstyle.
All You Need is Volume
Sometimes, you just don’t want to fuss about with your hair. Especially if you’re a fan of wearing your hair down, you might not want to go crazy for your homecoming hair. However, if you want it to look a bit different from your everyday style, try adding a bit of volume at the root. Do a bit of teasing underneath the top layer, apply dry shampoo or a light hairspray, and you’ve got it made!
Utterly gorgeous, this complexly woven style is an amazing choice for homecoming. Braids, twists, and regular weaving draw in all the hair to create a stunning combination of textures. The decorative pins not only add a bit of glitz, but serve the practical purpose of holding the stray pieces in place.
Waves of Texture
Similar to other low bun styles, what sets this one apart is the treatment of the hair at the top. Instead of keeping the hair slicked or in a bump, this look keeps pieces loose to create a different textural element. Easy enough to accomplish, you (or your stylist) just needs to run fingers through the hair to separate them just a bit before securing the pieces.
Crown of Flowers
For the more boho people out there, combining the flowers and braids together make for the ultimate boho homecoming hairstyle. The bohemian look is further emphasized by the loose curls under the braids, a characteristic of boho chic. However, if you want to pull your hair up underneath the braids, a twist into a bun would look just as since.
Ponytails are showing up among more glamorous styles, and it’s no surprise as to way. Comfortable, practical, and simple, ponytails don’t have to be plain. Here, the slight bump at the top at the curls in the pony bring volume and fun while also bringing the wow factor. Wrapping the ponytail underneath also creates the illusion of the hair cascading like a waterfall, a beautiful image in a homecoming hairstyle.
Most people think of crazy 80’s hair when crimping is mentioned, however crimping just refers to the texture of the hair. As you can see here, the waves in this homecoming style take on a crimped look, and there’s not a ripped sweatshirt in sight. This particular style of crimp works nicely with longer hair, ending pleasantly in a curl.
Easily the biggest braid we’ve ever seen, this style takes volume to a whole new level. A combination of wrapping, twisting, and braiding come together to make this look, while the wrap at the bottom provides a clean finish. The gold and pearl elements complement the outrageous nature of the braid.
What little one doesn’t dream of being a princess at some point? Homecoming, prom, and of course weddings are the perfect time to see that dream become a reality. Here, this beautiful twist reminds us of a classic princess style, the small wispy curls give that dreamy touch. Delicate pearls bring just the right touch to finish the look.
Mass of Curls
Done right, a large bunch of curls can make a glamorous homecoming look. Here, the textural contrast between the smooth hair at the crown and the voluminous curls in the rest of the style brings a sense of balance. The fun and funky headband also help with the visual difference, essentially breaking the style into three parts. This is a great option for someone with long hair, but be aware, this is pretty heavy!
Homecoming is one of those special moments that we treasure forever as part of the high school experience. The dress, the date, the dinner, the dancing…it all stands out clearly as we reminisce on those years. In order to make this event as special as possible, you want to create a look that will make you want to look at your pictures, rather than cringe and hide them away. To do that, choose your homecoming hairstyle so that it fits you and your personal style.
No matter your usual attitude towards school spirit, everyone wants to look their best at homecoming. Whatever your hair type, length, or texture, we can guarantee you will be stunning if you use one of these incredible styles!