Casual Updos for Homecoming

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Why Casual, Mussy Hairstyles are Perfect for Homecoming

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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

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.

See Flat Hair Fixes: How to Give Your Fine Hair More Body

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

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.

See Loose Curls: 5 Secrets to Getting Perfect, Bouncy Hair

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.

Think Ahead

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.

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Sarah Hyland's Casual Updo

Sarah Hyland
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Hayden Panettiere's Casual Updo

Hayden Panettiere
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Bai Ling's Casual Updo

Actress Bai Ling arrives at The 2nd Annual The Peace Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament on September 26, 2015 in Playa Vista, California.
Actress Bai Ling arrives at The 2nd Annual The Peace Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament on September 26, 2015 in Playa Vista, California. Michael Bezjian / Getty Images for The Peace Fund
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Emmy Rossum's Casual Updo

Emmy Rossum
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Leighton Meester's Casual Updo

Leighton Meester
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Miley Cyrus' Casual Updo

Miley Cyrus
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Alexa Chung's Casual Updo

Alexa Chung
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Anna Kendrick's Casual Updo

Anna Kendrick
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Emily Blunt's Casual Updo

Emily Blunt
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Christina Applegate's Casual Updo

Christina Applegate
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Victoria Justice's Casual Updo

Victoria Justice
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Heidi Montag's Casual Updo

Heidi Montag
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Odette Yustman's Casual Updo

Odette Yustman
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Demi Lovato's Casual Updo

Demi Lovato
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Christina Hendricks' Casual Updo

Christina Hendricks
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Teresa Palmer's Casual Updo

Teresa Palmer
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Emma Roberts' Casual Updo

Emma Roberts
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