Messy Updos: The Best Casual Prom Hairstyles

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Messy Prom Updos: Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker with a casual updo. Frazer Harrison for Getty Images

Fashionistas love the casual-I-look-as-if-I-threw-this-together hairstyles, which is probably why this photo gallery of mussy prom updos is a favorite of all the prom hairstyle galleries on this site. 

The following photos show off super casual updos. What they have in common is that they all have texture to them, usually in the form of waves or curls.

To get your hair in tip-top updo shape, you need to make your hair texturized in some way, so you hair doesn't slip out of its updo. To do this, you'll need some sort of styling spray, perhaps dry shampoo and a lot of pins and hairspray.

This style on Brooklyn Decker is gorgeous because of that texture. In real life, she often goes out and about with very straight hair, so some work went into getting her hair super beachy and wavy for this look. Note also her gorgeous hair color.

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Messy Prom Updos: Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne. Paul A. Hebert for Getty Images

This amazing prom updo on Bella Thorne is quite intricate and includes some extensions (note the pink hair color).

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Messy Prom Updos: Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence. From left: For Getty Images, Frazer Harrison & Jason Merritt

Notice the striking contrast of ombre hair and red lips.

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Messy Prom Updos

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Messy Prom Updos: Teresa Palmer

Teresa Palmer. Michael Buckner // Getty

A simply breathtaking look, except for the earrings, which seem too casual for prom.

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Messy Prom Updos: Samantha Barks

Samantha Barks. Jason Merritt and Frazer Harrison
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Messy Prom Updos: Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper. Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty

A big flower can really make your hairstyle. Just make sure it doesn't clash with your jewelry or your dress. Less is more when it comes to accessory. You don't want a big flower to compete with a big necklace, for example.

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Pretty Braided Updo

Side knots and buns are very trendy for prom. Like most casual hairstyles, this look is particularly nice when curled or wavy.

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Messy Prom Updos: Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried. Jason Merritt

This is an adorable look for prom.

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Messy Prom Updos: Stana Katic

Stana Katic. Photos: Frederick M. Brown

Here's another mussy updo.

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Messy Prom Updos: Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What a great hairstyle for prom. Note her gorgeous hair color.

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Messy Prom Updos: Stana Katic

Stana Katic. Kevin Winter // Getty Images

This casual hairstyle works well because of the ombre hair color, the middle part and the woman. She's breathtakingly beautiful! Pulling her hair off her face shows off her gorgeous features.

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Messy Prom Updos: Hafsia Herzi

Hafsia Herzi. Pascal Le Segretain // Getty Images

This mass of curls pinned up is lovely. If you don't have long enough hair for a style like this you might consider extensions.

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Messy Prom Updos: Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman. Jason Merritt for Getty

This hairstyle is actually a faux bob. The hair was curled and then pinned under for the bob effect.

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Messy Prom Updos: Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice. Kevin Winter // Getty Images
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Messy Prom Updos: Josie Loren

Josie Loren. Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

This hairstyle, on Josie Loren, looks super casual, but trust, some effort was put into it to get this gorgeous effect. You can mimic this look by curling hair with a curling iron or rollers and then putting hair into an updo. Pull out strands for the casual look.

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Messy Prom Updos: Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain. Dave Hogan // Getty

This chignon isn't really messy or mussy, but it is somewhat casual. Here, Chastain's hair contrasts with her milky skin color.

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Gorgeous Updo

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A Gorgeous Mussy Updo

Boy Maurice's Instagram
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A Side Updo

Asha Photography via Pinterest
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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift. Jason Merritt, Getty Images
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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba. Getty Images
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Jessica Stroup

Jessica Stroup. Jason Merritt // Getty Images
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Classic, But Still Mussy

Actress Odette Yustman arrives at TV Guide's 5th Annual Emmy Party September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Demi Lovato's Fake Bob Updo

Demi Lovato. Kevin Winter/Getty
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A Braided Bun

Heidi Klum's braided bun. Jason LaVeris for Getty Images
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A Mussy Bun Pictured from the Back

Nicole Kidman. Jason Merritt for Getty
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Audrina Patridge

Audrina Patridge. Charley Gallay/Getty
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Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross. Jason Merritt // Getty Images
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Messy Prom Updos: Ahna O'Reilly

Ahna O'Reilly. Jason Merritt // Getty Images

Note the cool bangs on this curly hairstyle.

This was Gallery 1. See Gallery 2 of Casual Prom Hairstyles