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August 26, 2020 5 min read

Whatever "school" looks like for you this year - via ZOOM, at home, or at an actual school - some self-care in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.  That includes styled hair. But, who wants to run a marathon in the morning?  It’s easy to find yourself sprinting for the finish line by 7am. You got this!

Getting the kids ready for school on time, properly fed, and prepared with all the necessary supplies is your Mount Everest, everyday. We know and we see you, moms, dads, and guardians. 

We know you don’t have time to scour the internet for hairstyle ideas before you even have your morning coffee. Between nutrition and diet, mental health, and holistic parenting strategies, your research time is limited. 

But still, your child deserves to look and feel amazing when they start their school work so that they can confidently climb theirMount Everest: growing into a responsible, educated, inspired person. 

So we decided to save you a huge step. We scoured the internet for all of the easiest, cutest back to school hairstyles that even dad can master. And we’ve compiled them here for your easy reference. 

We’ve separated our hair tutorials into two sections: kids and teens. But a lot of them are interchangeable so be sure to check out both.

Back To School Hairstyles For Kids

#1: Braided Bow by MetDaan Creative


This call back to Minnie Mouse is absolutely adorable and you’ll think you can’t do it until you see how it’s done. If you can put your child’s hair half up and secure a small braid, you’ve got this! Check out the 17 second tutorial here. 

#2: Low Up-Do by Buzzfeed

This is a messy bun that looks great with textured hair. Divide the hair into three buns. With each bun, pull the sides together to meet on top and secure with a bobby pin. Easy peasy!  For a visual, click here.

#3: Hair-Wrapped Ponytail by Cute Girls Hairstyles

If someone’s had a morning meltdown and you’ve lost precious braiding time, don’t fear. The hair-wrapped ponytail is here. Throw it up and you’re off to the races. See the tutorial here. 

#4: Half-Up Space Buns by Kyra Lopez

This hair-style is great for kids who don’t like having their hair up but still need it out of their face. It’s easy to do and (relatively) tolerable to sit through, as you’ll see in the tutorial. Check it out here.

#5: Fishtail braid by HooplaKidz Style

Don’t be intimidated by this one. It looks complex, but it doesn’t get much simpler than this.

From a low ponytail, divide the hair into two sections. Take a thin sliver of hair from the middle of one section and cross it over the other section. Now take a small sliver of hair from the other section, and do the same thing. Keep going until you’ve reached the ends! Get the full tutorial here. 

#6: Criss Cross Ponytail by Back2NaturalGirls and Fynes Designs


This hairstyle looks adorable on little girls and is super easy. The great thing about this hairstyle is you can start from the bottom and work your way to the top, or you can go from top to bottom. Check out this tutorial for a bottom to top version by Back2NaturalGirls and this blog for a top to bottom version by Fynes Designs

#7: Ponytail Flip by Cute Girls Hairstyles

Dads, you’re going to love this one. Gather the hair into a side pony and use a handy tool called the Topsy Tail to flip it! Get the full tutorial here. 

#8: Woven Half-Up by Pretty Life Ideas


If you’ve got 60 seconds you can pull this one off. From a half-up/half-down hairstyle, split the top section into two and join one side to a section of hair from the side of the head. Do the same with both sides, then secure your two new sections together in the middle. 

Flip the underneath hair through the bottom opening that you’ve created and you’re done! Watch this video for a quick demonstration.  

Back To School Hairstyles for Teens

#9: Messy Low Bun by Luxy Hair

Low, messy buns look great with casual school outfits and they’re a cinch to learn. For this one, gather the hair at the nape of the neck and wrap it around itself. Once secured, tug on the hair a bit to give it texture. If you’re a visual learner, click here for a 17 second tutorial. 

#10: Everyday French Twist by A Beautiful Mess


You may trial and error this one at first, but because of it’s loose, messy look, there’s a lot of room for error. The everyday french twist is a beautiful low bun that allows wisps of hair to fly free without compromising the look. All you need is some long locks and a bunch of pins. Get the full tutorial here. 

#11: The French Mohawk Braid by Missy Sue


This hairstyle works for short and long hair, keeps your daughters hair out of her face while looking cute. It’s a french braid meets half-up half-down. Get the tutorial here. 

#12: Twisted Pigtails by Jenny Erasmus



This hairstyle is so cute on curly-haired girls. It secures everything while also showcasing those beautiful curls. And the best part? It takes 5 minutes. 

Part the hair down the middle and divide into two sections. With the first section, twist the hair from the hairline all the way back down to the neck and secure with a hair tie. Repeat with the other side and you’re done! Click here for the full tutorial.

#13: Simple Twist Hairdo by Say Yes


This quick riff on half-up half-down looks gorgeous with wavy hair. If you can twist and you have a hair band on hand, you’re good to go. Grabbing a section of hair on the side of the head, split it in two and twist. Do the same on the other side and join the two sections at the back of the head. For a visual demonstration click here. 


#14: Easy Top Knot by Extra Petite

This bun is “knot” budging, y’all. The longer the hair, the more dramatic and beautiful this look will be. For curly hair, give the hair a gentle tug at the end to add texture. Find out how to do it here. 

 #15: Front Row Braid by Barefoot Blonde

The front row braid requires a teensy bit of technique at the beginning, but after that you’re basically just going to braid the hair down the side and secure it in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Click here to get the tutorial. 

#16: Double Bun Twist by Annies Forget Me Knots

If your child has long locks, these buns are so cute and they look much more complex than they are. Just separate the hair into two sections, twist the entire section inward and wrap it against the head like a cinnamon bun. 

#17: Waterfall Braid by Maria Gomez

This braid looks so beautiful on all types of hair! It takes a little trial and error, which is why we’ve included at the end. If you’ve come this far, you’ve got this! This braid gives an elegant, cascading look which is why it’s called the waterfall. Click here to watch the tutorial. 

Ready, Set, Go!

There you go, our favorite 17 back-to-school hairstyles that will make you feel like a pro without actually having to be one.

We hope we’ve saved you a little time in the morning to devote to all of the other needs and challenges that come with raising tiny humans. Bookmark this page and let us be your support in all things hair care as your kids navigate the next year of their lives. 

Let us know which of these were a hit with your kids, or which ones you had trouble with. We’d love to hear your success stories!

Comment below.

You got this!

Abigail + David

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