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Best Prom Updos

Teens can get glam for the big night by stealing these red carpet-worthy updos from Hollywood's hottest young stars. Here, hair pros share simple, step-by-step instructions for recreating each gorgeous prom hairstyle at home.

By Kelly L. Phillips

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Vanessa Hudgens
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The Messy Ponytail

Vanessa Hudgens' oh-so-undone updo makes the most of her natural texture. Her stylized sweep is incredibly achievable for girls with curly or wavy hair, says King.

How to do it: Start by adding texturizing cream to just-washed hair. Let air-dry. Then, sweep hair into a high ponytail, and hide the elastic hairband by wrapping a section of hair around it and securing with a bobby pin. Let face-framing layers drift out naturally, or pull a few out and wrap around fingers to define waves. Don't get too fussy adding curls with an iron; this style looks best a bit mussed, and for best results, finger-tousle hair for a natural, messier look. Bonus: This 'do will only improve on the dance floor.

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