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You have your dress, you’ve narrowed down your makeup, and you’re manicure and pedicure appointment is set, so what’s left? Deciding on your hairstyle, of course! You might love perfectly straight strands for your everyday Monday or lived-in beachy waves on Wednesday, but when it comes to homecoming, why not rock a one-of-a-kind hairstyle? Since we know you have a lot of school work and extracurriculars on your mind, we’re here to make things easier. Below, we share six gorgeous homecoming hairstyles to consider for your upcoming school dance.
If you’re rocking a backless dress to homecoming, don’t let your hair take away from the view. Instead, considering styling your strands into this voluptuous mermaid braid that will drape beautifully over one shoulder.
What you’ll need:
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Part your hair to one side.Take a two-inch section of hair from the larger side of your part and split it into three equal sections.
Step 2: Begin your Dutch braid. To get the look, bring the right section under the middle and the left section under the right. Then add some hair to the middle piece (now on the right side) and bring it under.
Step 3: Continue braiding, adding more hair to your braid as you go. Keep your braid close to your hairline and bring hair from around the back of your head to pull your braid over your shoulder.
Step 4: Transition to a regular three-strand braid. Once you’ve added all of your hair to the braid and reached the base of your neck, just braid your strands all the way to the ends and secure it with a clear elastic.
Step 5: Fluff it up. Now that your braid is fully woven, it’s time to make it look big and beautiful. All you have to do is gently tug at each section of your braid and you’ll have a blogger-worthy braid in no time. Finish with a spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and you’re ready to dance the night away.
Ready to look like royalty? Rock this multi-braid updo at homecoming to make a serious statement.
Clear mini elastics
Step 1: Part your hair down the middle. Center part, FTW.
Step 2: Create a small Dutch braid an inch down from your part. A Dutch braid is the reverse of a French braid. For this homecoming hairstyle, you’ll only be adding in new hair from the side of the braid closest to your part. This leaves more hair below for the second braid. Make sure to weave this braid back to the crown of your head. Pin it in place for the time being.
Step 3: Create a matching braid on the other side of your head. When you reach your crown, unpin your first braid and tie your two braids together with a clear mini elastic. Wrap a few strands of hair around your hair tie to hide it and braid the ends of this section of hair all the way to the ends.
Step 4: Create another set of Dutch braids an inch or two below your first set. It’s the same exact process.
Step 5: Combine your braids and the rest of your hair into a three-strand braid. Weave all of your hair all the way to the ends and secure it with a clear mini elastic.
Step 6: Finish with hairspray. A few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray will do the trick.
Want to show off your length while wearing a beautiful set of braids? Get hands on with these Dutch beauties for an eye-catching homecoming hairstyle.
Mini Clear elastic
Step 1: Blow-dry your hair. After you hop out of the shower, spray your hair with some of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray. Then wrap your hair around a round brush and blow-dry it to create volume.
Step 2: Part your hair. For this hairstyle, you’ll want to divide your hair right down the center.
Step 3: Curl your hair. Wrap one-inch sections of hair around your curling iron to create a headful of loose curls.
Step 4: Create two Dutch braids on each side of your head. Make each braid with about an inch-wide section of hair.
Step 5: Secure your Dutch braids at the crown of your head. Tie all four Dutch braids together at the back of your head. After they’re secure, gently unravel them for a more whimsical appeal.
Step 6: Don’t forget the hairspray! With a hairstyle this gorgeous, you won’t want it to fall out mid-way through homecoming. So, spray it down with a bit of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray.
Ready for one of the easiest formal hairstyles ever? This super-simple look is next-level stunning, so get ready to turn a few heads once you’re finished styling.
Rat tail comb
Step 1: Create three ponytails down the back of your head. Use a rat tail comb to evenly divide your hair into three vertical sections. Tie each section off with a clear mini elastic.
Step 2: Flip your ponytails. Poke your finger through each ponytail to flip your ends through the hole.
Step 3: Tuck the ends of each ponytail into the pony below it. This way you’ll be able to create one cohesive look that almost appears like a curly mohawk. Since there isn’t a ponytail under the third ponytail, you’ll want to twist this section into a little bun. Pin it in place.
Step 4: Finish with hairspray. You know the deal: Make sure your look lasts through the night with a quick spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Sating Hairspray Strong Hold.
Want a vintage-inspired hairstyle that brings the ‘50s to present day? This girly ribbon number will look gorgeous worn on the dance floor.
Round boar bristle brush
Clear hair tie
Step 1: Apply mousse to damp hair. Instead of blow drying your hair, pump some of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse into your freshly-washed strands and allow it to air dry for optimal volume.
Step 2: Add a few curls to your hair. After your hair has fully dried, wrap a few strands around a curling wand to give your look a bit more dimension.
Step 3: Brush through your curls. Use your round boar bristle brush to loosen up your curls. Then part your hair down the middle, but brush the crown straight back.
Step 4: Create a low ponytail. Gather all of your hair into a low ponytail, using your boar’s bristle brush to smooth sections as needed. Tie it off with a clear hair tie.
Step 5: Put a bow on it. Tie your velvet ribbon around the base of your ponytail.
Step 6: Finish with hairspray. A spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Sating Hairspray Strong Hold will do.
Want to take your homecoming hairstyle a step further? Instead of relying solely on hair or ribbons, why not add a head piece to the mix? Not a headband, but a full-blown crown fit for royalty. Talk about an entrance!
Step 1: Add mousse to damp hair. To start your hairstyle off on the right foot, apply an ample amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to damp strands. Allow it to air dry and watch as shape takes hold.
Step 2: Put on your head piece. We think it looks best situated just behind your ears—the same way you’d wear a traditional headband.
Step 3: Create Dutch braids. Pick up a section of hair from in front of your head piece and bring it over the side of it to create your Dutch braid. Make sure to continuously add hair from along your hairline until you reach the nape of your neck. Instead of adding more hair to your braid, just braid what you have to the ends and secure it with a clear mini elastic.
Step 4: Repeat on the other side. This hairstyle should be symmetrical, so make sure to do the exact same thing.
Step 5: Pin your braids into a crown. Pull each braid to the opposite side of your head and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Make sure that the ends are tucked in so that it looks like one never-ending braid.
Step 6: Fluff and spritz. Before finishing with an allover spray of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hair Spray Strong Hold, gently fluff each section of your braid for the most voluminous look possible.
Happy homecoming, ladies!
Want more hairstyle inspiration? Check out our article, 5 Finishing Touches to Transform Your Braids.