How to Ace your Back to School Hairstyle

Published on: 08/16/2021 12:34 pm

Back to school just make you want to go back to bed? We get that. After a whole summer of sleeping in and barely changing out of your sweats, it can be a real buzzkill. Then again, there is something to be said for the newness of it all. New clothes, new schedule, new classmates, and new school hair. 

What if we told you that you could rock a new hairstyle for school without having to start your day any earlier? Sleep in and show up with a fresh hairdo—sign us up! 

Here’s what to do with your hair for school, even if you don’t like getting up early. 

Princess Leia Buns

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the sleek, effortless appeal of the double side bun. Commonly referred to as “Princess Leia” buns, these cuties are intentionally wrapped low around the ears for a distinctive look that’s quick to execute. 

Simply part your hair down the middle, secure each side with a ponytail holder, then wrap the length of your hair around itself to create these signature strands. 

Loose French Braid

This elegant look is perfect for the first day of school or even your first day of practice! It’s lovely enough to complement your new school clothes, and practical enough to keep you cool when you head into athletics. 

If you don’t know how to French braid, start by watching this French Braid tutorial. Then, all you have to do is pick the direction of your side part and give it a whirl! 

Headband Twist Up 

Dirty hair day? No problem. This clever half-up hairdo features a semi-hidden headband that adds a layer of interest while concealing the unclean. 

Pull out a few strands of hair from the front or side of your head. Use a silk scarf, headwrap, or bandana to tie underneath, taking care not to secure it too tightly. From there, you can carefully twist the freed pieces around the headband for an easy back to school hairstyle any day of the week. 

Casual Braided Ponytail 

Remember that French Braid tutorial you just watched? Keep it handy. This casual back to school hairdo is perfect whether you have a case of the Mondays or want to celebrate the end of the week in style. 

French Braid the top half of your hair down part-way down the back. Secure the remaining strands with a ponytail holder. Ideal for shorter haircuts with lots of layers, which can otherwise be challenging to wear up. 

Double Ponytail Braid

Few styles are prettier than a laid-back low pony. It can take you from day to night in no time, making it look like you spent hours on your hair. In reality, you only need a few simple tools and a couple of minutes in front of the mirror.  

Part your hair down the middle. Use a ponytail holder to secure your hair at the base of your neck. Then, twist two separate sections around one another or do a short braid, and add a second ponytail holder underneath. Let some strands stay loose to add dimension. Curl or straighten for added emphasis. 

Space Buns 

When it comes to cute back to school hairstyles, this one’s out of this world. Use Space Buns to show off your alternative side or simply try something new. 

Create two triangle sections of hair on either side. Twist hair into a bun. Use a thin elastic band or two intersecting bobby pins to secure. 

Hippie Half Up 

Half-up-half-down hair looks fancy, but that doesn’t mean you have to set your alarm clock back to do it. 

Braid or twist thin side strands and secure them around the back. You can clip them, use an elastic hair tie, or even style the remaining hair into a bun! 

Adorned Top Bun 

We all have topknot days—and that’s a-ok. 

If you want to give yours a little flare, you can secure it with a scrunchie or adorn with fresh (or fake!) flowers as a conversation starter. 

Back to school hairstyle FAQ 

Not sure how to style your hair specifically? The hair professionals at Gina’s Platform can help you find a few fabulous options to get you through the school year. 

You can also review these questions they’re used to hearing inside the salon: 

What to do with long hair at school?

If it’s hot where you live, finding an easy updo or braid will help keep you looking – and feeling! – cool as the school year starts. 

Best hairstyle for school for short hair?

Don’t let anyone tell you short hair isn’t versatile. Braids are a great way to change things up, and the

What should I do to my hair for the first day of school?

The first day of school is memorable, so you want to make a good impression. There’s no need to go overboard though. Choosing a style that makes you feel confident is the absolute best way to start the year.

What hairstyle is best for school?

Again, the one that fits your lifestyle and makes you feel good about yourself is 100!

Remember that this year, some schools may be requiring masks. As you’re selecting your back to school style, make sure and choose one that won’t interfere. 

Connect with the best hair stylists in your area any time to start the new school year off with a gold star! 

Gina Rivera

Gina Rivera

Beauty Icon and Expert

Gina Rivera skyrocketed to success when the company she founded in 2007, Phenix Salon Suites, became the fastest-growing salon suite company in the beauty industry. With more than 300 locations nationally and international expansion occurring in the UK, Entrepreneur Magazine named Phenix Salon Suites a Top 500 Franchise list seven years running.