With fall around the corner, Homecoming 2019 is in clear view—and with it, homecoming hairstyle ideas and inspiration are definitely in need. You’re likely already thinking about what you’re going to wear, what makeup look you’re going to try, and what hairstyle you should rock. From updos for long locks to homecoming hairstyles for short hair, there are so many options when it comes to doing your hair. In fact, there are a number of ideas we're just dying to share. Ready to hear us out? Here are 22 homecoming hair ideas we think you should try this year.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #1: THE SLEEK HIGH PONYTAIL
This first style is perfect if you’re looking for an edgy, modern hairstyle to wear to homecoming. You’ve likely seen this slicked-back look gracing the red carpet, worn by some of your favorite celebrities, and now you can rock it too! Here’s how to get the look.
STEP 1: STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR
The first step for this look is to give yourself sleek, straight hair. Depending on your hair type, this may not be the easiest feat. To help tame any frizz you may have and protect your hair from heat damage, use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. Apply these before straightening your locks for smooth, sleek hair.
STEP 2: CREATE YOUR PONYTAIL
Pull your hair into a high ponytail that sits at the top of your head. Make sure you keep your hair smooth and bump-free! Take a strand of hair from the bottom of your ponytail and wrap it around your hair tie to disguise it, securing it with a bobby pin.
STEP 3: USE HAIR SPRAY
You want to make sure your sleek ‘do stays put throughout the dance—and the after party—so spray your style with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to keep your hair in place and safe from humidity.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #2: BEACHY WAVES
Who said beach waves were reserved for summer? Loose, effortless waves are a beautiful hairstyle all year long—including for homecoming. Give your mane a carefree style with any of our 8 Ways to Get Perfect Beach Waves.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #3: BARRETTES
One hair accessory that’s making a major name for itself in the beauty world? Barrettes! Consider sporting one to take your homecoming hair to the next (trendy) level. From metallic to bejeweled to tortoiseshell, there are plenty of options to fit your personal style. Picked out your favorite? Here’s How to Wear a Barrette.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #4: SPACE BUNS
Want a hairstyle that’s fun and quirky for homecoming? Reflect your jovial personality by pulling your locks into space buns! Not only will this hairstyle give your look a playful touch, but it’ll also allow your makeup look to be front and center.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #5: THE VOLUMIZED BUN
Who doesn’t want to channel their inner old-timey movie star? A high, volumized bun is a timeless, classy homecoming hairstyle. Follow these steps to get the look:
STEP 1: ADD VOLUME TO YOUR MANE
For this hairstyle, you want to add volume not just to your roots but throughout your hair. Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist to build body in your locks. Spray it throughout your hair to add texture and volume for a blown-out look.
STEP 2: PUT YOUR HAIR UP
The trick to this look is to fake your volume. Start by pulling your hair up into a loose bun at the top of your head, making sure the rest of your hair is smooth. Then, grab pieces of your bun and pin them to your head with bobby pins to give the illusion of a thicker, extra full bun. Make sure to keep your hair tie from showing in the middle by avoiding leaving any spaces throughout your bun.
STEP 3: SPRAY YOUR STYLE
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #6: SOCK BUN
Love the look for a sleek bun but don’t think you can pull off styling your locks into such a polished style? May we introduce you to the sock bun. Literally made from a sock, a sock bun is just the tool you need to sweep your strands into a perfect donut for homecoming. Here’s How to Create a Sock Bun.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #7: SPIRAL CURLS
Who doesn’t love the look of tight, bouncy curls? Spiral curls are one of our go-to special event hairstyles because they instantly dress up any outfit. Grab your curling iron and head over to our article, How to Get Spiral Curls, to get the look.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #8: BRAIDED HEADBAND
Sometimes it’s all in the details, and that’s exactly the case with this homecoming hair idea. Add an intricate touch to your mane with a braided headband, which can be done on short or long hair! For the actual details, here’s How to Get a Braided Headband Hairstyle.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #9: VOLUMINOUS CURLS
While tight, spiral curls are loads of fun, voluminous curls have a classic, Hollywood-esque air to them. If you’re all about the glamour when it comes to your homecoming hair, these full curls may be just what you’re looking for. Amp up the body with our article, How to Create Voluminous Curls on Any Hair Type.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #10: TEASED ROOTS
Speaking of volume, why not focus your homecoming hair up top with teased roots? Sometimes all you need is a little lift to take your hair to new heights—literally! Not sure how to implement this hairstyling technique? Here’s How to Backcomb and Tease Your Hair.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #11: THE ROMANTIC SIDE BRAID
If you want to go for a romantic bohemian hairstyle, this is the ‘do for you. This wispy, whimsical hairstyle is one that is as carefree as you’re bound to be when you're dancing the night away at homecoming.
STEP 1: ADD TEXTURE TO YOUR HAIR
For this romantic look, add some natural waves to your locks. Try using a heat-free wave spray like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray for soft waves.
STEP 2: PART YOUR HAIR
Part your hair to the side of your choice, leaving a single wavy strand free on the opposite side.
STEP 3: BRAID YOUR HAIR
It’s time to braid! Whether you choose to do a traditional braid or switch things up with a fishtail braid, there’s no hairstyle more romantic than braids. Keep a few strands loose to frame your face for a soft look.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #12: SHORT SWEPT BACK
When it comes to homecoming hairstyles for short hair, we love the look of a swept back ‘do. There’s just something about short strands being pushed backward that’s both carefree and totally glamorous—not to mention a short, swept back hairstyle will allow your makeup to be at the forefront of your homecoming look.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #13: BLOWOUT
We’ve mentioned our love for voluminous hairstyles, and this homecoming hair idea is no exception. There’s just something about a blowout that instantly transforms your mane into a red carpet-worthy ‘do. That being said, you don’t need a blow dryer to get the look! Don’t believe us? Here’s How to Get the Look of a Blowout Without a Blow Dryer.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #14: TIED WITH A RIBBON
Aside from barrettes, a ribbon is another beautiful hair accessory that can take your homecoming hair to the next level. If you want a girly, romantic hairstyle, pull your strands into an updo tied with a ribbon. So cute!
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #15: MESSY PONYTAIL
Not all hairstyles have to be neat and sleek to look good. In fact, some of the most stunning hairstyles are perfectly imperfect. One that’s made it onto our homecoming hairstyles list? A messy ponytail! Super simple and fun, pair it with a rocker makeup look to complete your carefree vibes. Here’s How to Achieve an Effortless Messy Ponytail for reference.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #16: DUTCH FISHTAIL BRAID
If you want to get fancy with your homecoming hair, consider weaving your mane into a Dutch fishtail braid. This braid-combo-meets-updo is sure to spark an endless stream of compliments. Head over to our article, How to Create a Dutch Fishtail Braid, for a step-by-step tutorial.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #17: STRAIGHT HAIR WITH A TWIST
Long, straight hair is a classic hairstyle that is perfect for any occasion. Rock this hairstyle at homecoming with an added twist to create an eye-catching style.
STEP 1: STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR
As you may have guessed—the first step for this ‘do involves straightening your locks. Make sure to use a heat protectant before straightening to avoid damaging your hair.
STEP 2: CREATE A TWIST
Part your hair in the middle and take a small section of hair from the front of one side. Begin to twist the section backward, incorporating more hair into the twist as you go. Stop above your ear and bobby pin the twist into place. Do the same on the opposite side.
STEP 3: GRAB YOUR HAIR SPRAY
Once again, you want to spray your hairstyle into place! Try the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Unscented.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #18: BRAIDED TOP KNOT
Want your strands out of your face for a night full of dancing but don’t want to put up all of your length? Look no further than a half-up braided top knot! The braided texture of the top knot will add just the right amount of detail to this half-up style, making it perfect for homecoming. Here’s How to Weave a Half-Up Braided Top Knot.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #19: PULL-THROUGH PIGTAILS
Think pigtails are a thing from your childhood? Well, not anymore! Turns out pigtails can be a seriously trendy (and nostalgia-inducing) homecoming hair idea—with a pull-through twist, of course. Curious? Learn how to modernize this blast from the past hairstyle by reading our article, How to Rock Pull-Through Pigtails.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #20: SLEEK AND STRAIGHT
Sometimes the perfect hairstyle for an event is to keep things sleek and simple. We’re talking about super-straight strands. Not only will this ‘do never go out of style (we’d be willing to bet on that), but it’s a foolproof way to pull together your beauty look.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #21: CRISS-CROSS PONYTAIL
If you want your hair out of your face and off your neck for homecoming but prefer something a little more intricate than a sock bun or messy ponytail, consider adding a bit more detail to your look with a criss-cross ponytail. Even better—while this hairstyle looks super complicated, it’s actually very easy to recreate. Check out our article, Perk Up Your Pony: Criss-Cross Ponytail Tutorial.
HOMECOMING HAIRSTYLE #22: SIDE SWEPT CURLS
This last style is another way to add a romantic vibe to your locks. This is a great hairstyle if you have thin or fine hair because you’ll have all your hair on one side, giving the illusion of more hair! Here’s how to do it:
STEP 1: CURL YOUR HAIR
As you’d expect, this look starts with curling your hair. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant before reaching for your curling iron—it’s a necessity prior to any type of heat styling. Use a large-barrel curling iron to create voluminous, loose curls.
STEP 2: PUT YOUR HAIR TO ONE SIDE
Sweep all of your hair to the side of your choice, parting your hair on that same side. Feel free to accessorize with a hair clip on the side opposite your part.
STEP 3: HAIRSPRAY IT INTO PLACE
Use a volumizing hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume, to keep your curls in place and looking full.
Once you have your homecoming hairstyle covered, it’s time to choose your makeup look. Here are 18 Homecoming Makeup Looks for 2019 to help you make your decision.