35 Diverse Homecoming Hairstyles for Short, Medium and Long Hair

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Homecoming is not a prom, but looking chic is good for both. With homecoming being less formal, you can afford simpler hairstyles, yet they should certainly be special to match your outfit and accessories. We know that you, girls, have different tastes, hair types and lengths, but you all want to look gorgeous at homecoming. Keeping your needs in mind, we’ve selected 35 images with versatile hairstyles of the most currently requested types: stylish updos and effortless downdos, worthy ideas for short hair, and everything with amendments on the current trends. Have a look and feel free to duplicate any style you like.

What to Wear to Homecoming?

A usual problem is how to dress and style your hair so that you look neither overly dressy nor too casual. Being much less formal than prom, homecoming suggests that you rock something cute and chic that makes you look unobtrusively stylish and rather spontaneous than well-prepared and pointedly glamorous. So, what hairstyle to wear to homecoming?

Generally, these are the same variations on updos, downdos, half up half down dos and free flowing styles you’d wear to a prom but in their more casual interpretations. To be more specific, here are the ideas:

  1. Messy updos. Intricate, whimsical, loose and done without a comb, such updos appear perfectly spontaneous and very appealing!
  2. Side hairstyles. Paired with asymmetric tops or gowns, side hairstyles help you to create a super stylish image that is really hard to look away.
  3. Braids. Being rocked everywhere, including the red carpet, braids are no longer a banal hairstyle of schoolgirls. You can have them really fancy and chic. Check the photos below.
  4. Ponytails. These are a trend of the year, besides, there are many ideas of chic timeless hairstyles you can create on the basis of a ponytail. Even if you opt to keep it simple, make a ponytail with a light bouffant, and you’ll instantly win all the possible style points.

Trendy Ideas of Homecoming Hairstyles

#1: Curled and with Color

For long hair, cascading ringlets combined with a modern hair hue (like the dark lowlights found on the blonde hair below) make for a winning style for homecoming. Fancy but not over the top, this style will work well on anyone with hair past their shoulders.

#2: Cross Over Beauty

While not a style ideal for short hair, long-haired gals will love this crisscross focus on the center of the hair style. Perfect for naturally curly hair, this is one half updo that looks much more complex than it really is, and it’s more notable than other homecoming hairstyles for medium length.

#3: Messy French Roll

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of curling every strand of hair, pull it into a French roll or a classic chignon. Simple, elegant and perfect for all, it’s a type of hairdo that lasts through the night, and leaves you with more time to party instead of worrying about your hair.

#4: Low Loose Braided and Twisted Updo

For medium hair texture, there are many cute homecoming hairstyles to choose from. This one combines all the best – fishtail, twists and loosely pinned strands.

#5: Updated Ponytail

Love the convenience of a ponytail but want something a bit fancier? This easy style looks wildly complicated and glamorous – just in time for homecoming. Be sure to have plenty of hair pins on hand when you take this one on – a few practice rounds won’t hurt either.

#6: Cute Braided Updo

When it comes to homecoming hairstyles, this one is pretty adorable. It’s youthful and elegant at the same time, with a lacy triple braid crown, wrapped around one side of your head and fed into a low bun. Use different types of braids to make it even more creative and fun.

#7: Braided Crowns

Braided crowns add a note of formality to hair that is ideal for fancy school events. This simple braided crown offers a boost of volume to the top of the head while still allowing enough hair to fall down in curls past the shoulders. As hairdos go, this one is sweet, simple and lovely.

#8: Tucked Crown

By using an elastic head band, you can loop hair through to create the appearance of a “tucked in” crown. If you are looking for a half up half down style that’s your own, give this one a try. It’s trendy without being overdone. Shoulder length hairstyles for homecoming don’t have to be big or flashy – an understated style such as this will wow the crowd.

#9: Fancy Updo

Whether your hair is curly or straight, this updo will look gorgeous. The longer your hair is, the more intricate you can make this style. Play with different braids, loops and buns until you get the signature style you desire.

#10: Intense Color

Liven up your special night by taking on a bold hair color for the memorable high school occasion. This deep burgundy-purple is trending right now and looks great with a formal gown. However, this idea of homecoming hair hits the mark not just with its hair color. The messy texture of the updo with an undercut is pretty chic and impressive too.

#11: African American Fancy

Ethnic hair is a great blessing, as it can be manipulated into some gorgeous styles that just aren’t possible with other nationalities. This style is inspired by a classic Mohawk with a totally modern twist. Get this done at the salon – trying on yourself isn’t so easy.

#12: Sweeping Braid and Curls

While there are many ideas for shoulder length hair and shorter locks, long hair really gives you a ground for versatility and cool experiments when it comes to homecoming hair ideas. This sweeping braid starts at the top of the head and wraps its way down into a cascade of beautiful curls.

#13: Waterfall Braid

Waterfall braids are very popular right now, popping up all over Pinterest when one searches for formal hair styles. This sweet rendition of the classic waterfall braid is delicate and perfect for a special night.

#14: Finished with a Bow

Here’s one more cute idea for medium length hair or longer: you can secure hair into a festive bow. It is actually much easier than it looks, and long thick hair will work best to the amazing final result. Secure this style with plenty of hairpins – homecoming hair needs to be able to last all night.

#15: Dark and Dramatic

If you have gorgeous dark hair, try adding in some contrasting highlights to really bring personality into your look. Curled, braided or left to flow in straight streaks, brunette hair with a small addition of a light hue is stunning for a special occasion – and every day too!

#16: A Row of Bows

Homecoming updos tend to be a bit cliché without a lot of selection. However, this style is really unique and fun to wear. It works best on thick hair, and if you have multi-tonal locks you’ll love the way this updo brings out each and every color.

loose updo with hair bows

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#17: Spiced Up Naturally

Natural hair can get in on the fun and fancy action of homecoming when you slick it back into a beautiful braid. Side hairstyles are modern and lovely, and an extra pop of natural curls makes them that much better!

#18: Side Braid Beauty

The choice of a hairstyle for homecoming is just as important as the decision on the dress you are going to wear. Don’t take the process too lightly. This unique and intricate side braid wraps hair into a beautiful center knot while allowing bottom locks to flow freely.

#19: Simple and Classic

Of course, classic looks are far from unpopular. The traditional curled bun updo is a simple classic that has been popular for generations and will likely continue to take a top spot in hair trends.

#20: Basket Weave Crown

Try something different with this basket weave crown. Highlights really show off with this coifed look, and when it comes to hairstyles for homecoming, this is rather a new entry onto the scene. You will love the vintage vibe it exudes while still remaining very modern in look and style.

#21: Curly Messy Hairstyle

Think of something natural-looking and irresistibly charming like this curly messy updo with enhanced shine for the locks. It’s stylish, spontaneous and comparatively easy to perform.

#22: Cute, Simple and Chic

If you are not into intricate updos, consider something chic and girly like a simple downdo with a diagonal waterfall braid adorned with a cute bow. Maybe you’ll also need to refresh your hair hue to make your hairstyle even more eye-catching.

#23: Bouffant Updo for Short Hair

If you’ve just had a chic crop and won’t be able to grow a decent length until homecoming, a classy updo for women can come out from a bob length as well. Take this gorgeous bouffant style as an example to follow.

#24: Loopy Braid

An intricate loopy braid is ideal for homecoming. Many girls are likely to wear braids but with this loose, messy and whimsical one, you will easily stand out from the crowd.

#25: Cute Messy Updo for Short Hair

Well, with short tresses you can’t count on luxurious chunky braids, but something sweet and elegant like this messy wavy updo is easily achievable. With backcombing at the roots, you’ll gain the necessary lift around your face, while the tips can be fixed at the back arbitrarily.

#26: Braids and Curls

These are the most preferred elements of girly hairstyles. So, why not blending them in one for a cool half up half down style? This one features two tight horizontal braids and fun bouncy curls.

#27: Dimensional Style for Medium Length

Waves, highlights and a combination of vertical and horizontal lines create a fabulous dimensional effect for this simple medium hairstyle for wedding and any special occasion. Teasing at the roots adds a very flattering volume on the crown.

#28: Vintage Look with a Modern Touch

Vintage hairstyles are very popular nowadays for all big events. This stylish updo with tucked in ends is an excellent idea of an elegant hairstyle for homecoming, prom or wedding.

#29: Fancy Homecoming Downdo

This fancy downdo with sleeked back hair reminds a low ponytail but features one of its fanciest versions with two intricate knots and loose messy curls – a fresh and unhackneyed idea.

#30: Messy Updo at the Nape

The separate locks are playfully rolled at the nape with no distinct pattern, shaping a trendy messy updo that is currently very popular in any kind of setting, including the biggest events. And balayage highlights are something that can make your hairstyles more personalized.

#31: Short Curly Edgy Hairstyle

Wow, now we see it’s possible to look heart-stopping with a short length. Rocking this edgy curly bob to homecoming, you have all chances to become the most stylish girl of the night.

#32: More of “Short” Homecoming Ideas

Cool homecoming hairstyles for short hair is a reality: see this gorgeous updo made from a bob in picture. It’s a kind of a classy French bun made messy with backcombing, twists and locks tucked in at different directions. It’s a kind of a classy French bun made messy with backcombing, twists and locks tucked in at different directions.

#33: Delicate Side Updo

A low bun is a cool hairstyle good for prom, wedding or any other special day. Shifting it to one side and contouring with a tight braid, you’ll get a statement one-in-a-kind updo to rock at homecoming. Hair flowers are a perfect final stroke.

#34: Side Downdo for Long Hair

With longer lengths try to keep your hairstyles simple in order not to overshadow the beauty of your gorgeous mane. Sweep all curls to one side to compliment them with intertwining thin braids and hair flowers. White is good to accentuate a beautiful tan.

#35: Simple Knot for Straight Tresses

Here is another effortless yet showy hairstyle that highlights your natural hair texture and looks original. Make a knot at the back and leave some free flowing tresses around the face.

Oh, so many to select from!…We don’t even know what exactly to recommend… well, a universal tip that always works is trying something flattering for your appearance that you haven’t tried before. Being different, changing your looks always gives tons of positive emotions, which we sincerely wish you.

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