Kaleena Stroud
Updated on December 21, 2022

Are you getting excited for back to school? We’re not talking about classes and study seshes, we’re talking cute hairstyles for back to high school that get the attention of your new classmates. Want to get the look to rock every day of the week? Mix and match according to your mood or plan ahead of time. Here are 20 trendy looks and a few back to school quick and easy hairstyles for those days you just don’t get out of bed in time.

Back to School Hair Inspiration

Every stylish girl has her sources of inspiration. Scroll through these amazing braids for school, updos, and half-updos to feel the endless possibilities of hair experiments and to save a couple of ideas for the nearest future!

1. Celtic Knot Style

Either curl your hair with a curling wand or take advantage of heatless curls by going to bed with a big braid and waking up to wavy hair. Then, pull back front pieces in either a small braid, a bobby-pin design or a fun twist like this one here! Cute, easy and simple.

2. Half-Up Hairbow

Wake up with the-night-before curls, add touch-ups and a shine gloss to glitz your hair the morning of (we recommend the Aloxxi Essential 7 Oil Dry Oil Shine Mist). Have breakfast and tackle this adorable hair bow! Try this YouTube video for a how-to.

Hairbow On Long Curls

Instagram / @hairstylesbygabby

3. Half-Down Space Buns

This trendy half-up half-down galaxy bun hairstyle is perfect for making a statement. Utilize relaxed waves which are both stylish and simple. Then, let the double buns be the star of the show by parting your hair half up and then sectioning the top half into two even sections. Bun them up and you’re done!

Two Space Buns On Silver Hairbow

Instagram / @abbirosehair

4. Curly Pull-Through Braid

Create big, feminine braids with a curling iron come Monday morning, focusing only on the mid-part of the hair down. Using clear elastic bands, create a beautiful half-up half-down look. We suggest this stylish pull-through braid! Check out more pull-through braid ideas to create your perfect look.

Half Up Pull Through Braid

Instagram / @hairstylesbygabby

5. Relaxed Fishtail Updo

Who can resist the sweet and studious look of pulled back hair and fishtail braids? This french fishtail braid starts from parted hair and works its way off to the side, finally getting wrapped around in a bun tucked behind her ear. Pull some volume loose to create a more relaxed finished product.

Side Bun With Fishtail Plait

Instagram / @catherinestroh

6. 4-Strand Waterfall Braid

If you want to keep your hair the same from Monday’s ‘do and focus on a simple yet intriguing braid, this one’s for you! Check out the tutorial on this exact 4-strand waterfall loop braid. It’s perfect for all hair lengths. If you have fine hair, try a bit of dry shampoo or volumizing product to thicken the braided section!

Medium Hair With Strand Braid

Instagram / @braidsbyjordan

7. Wispy Dutch Braid Updo

A big side braid and soft wispy hair makes for a great Tuesday, right? If you have short hair, simply work the dutch braid. If you have medium to long hair, pull the rest of the hair into a knot at the nape of your neck. A hairstyle like this is staying in place all day!

Dutch Braid Into Low Bun

Instagram / @hairbyjaxx

8. Faux Bubble Braid

Spice-up your casual Tuesday outfit with a faux bubble braid. It’s soft and sweet but not quick to do, so have a look at how to do a faux bubble braid. Add this to your schedule as a back to school hairstyle for long hair. Pull a few tendrils around your face and you’re all set.

Intricate Fishtail Braid

Instagram / @aurorabraids

9. Dutch Braid Space Buns

Mixing dutch braids with space buns is combining the two trendiest hairstyles we’ve seen in a long time. Liven up your Wednesday school day with this look. Don’t be shy! But be prepared to practice this one at home before schooltime (go ahead and practice now, here’s how!).

High Braided Space Buns

Instagram / @aurorabraids

10. Big 3-Strand Braid

If you’ve got the length, or even if you fake it with extensions, this braid is perfect for you. Make your classmates envious of your braid-game with a voluminous dutch braid that ends at the base of the neck and moves into, that’s correct, the second style of braid.

Voluminous In Braid

Instagram / @bighairedhannah

11. Girly Space Bun Updo

Why mess with a trendy back-to-school classic like space buns? The best part is it looks a lot more difficult than it is. Work this classic for bold-braid Wednesday by parting your hair into two ponytail sections at the top of your head, very loosely braiding them and wrapping them into a Princess Leia look.

12. 5-Strand Dutch Ponytail

Go all-out with this 5-strand dutch braid into a ponytail with an accent braid. Having a hairstyle like this is ideal for more relaxed outfits or those days when you just throw on a simple blouse and want to keep your hair as the main focus. Show off your braiding skills with this one!

Strand Braid Into Low Ponytail

Instagram / @braidsbylia

13. Pretty Halo Braid

A halo braid will be the go-to back-to-school hairstyle this year. Keeping the front section very natural and the back of the hair all done-up, this can still be a 5-minute look! Just wear two tightly-wound braids to bed and wake up the the braided mess and place them into the halo braid.

14. Rope Twisted Updo

Take the halo braid look one step further with a rope twisted updo. Master the rope hair twist and make an extravagant hairstyle out of it, like this look here! It’s perfect for a homecoming dance or yes, even just a regular Thursday of the week.

Twisted Updo With Hair Clip

Instagram / @yiyayellow

15. Pigtail Dutch Braids

This is one of the easiest back to school hairstyles for short hair if you are searching for quick and cute braids. Is there a cuter Dutch braid hairstyle than double reverse braids into little pigtail ponytails? Be sure to use clear elastic hair ties to close the pigtails.

Dutch Braided Ponytails

Instagram / @abbirosehair

16. Sleek Braided Knot

These braids move backward and are really loose, easy to do if you are not yet an expert at braiding your own hair but still want a crack at it. Put the focus on braiding and twisting the back together in an interesting way, like this beautiful messy style here.

Peachy Braided Updo

Instagram / @brittanyatboss

17. Curly Ponytail with Scrunchie

Ponytails are easy and scrunchies are trendy again! So, what’s not to love about this  cute back to school hairstyle? Here’s a trick: put your hair into a ponytail, add a cute scrunchie, and then just curl the ends of the ponytail according to your taste. You’re done in 10 minutes!

18. Easy Bubble Ponytail

This retro look is playful and perfect for Fridays. Tease the hair of your ponytail for volume and thickness, then use elastic bands, make a “bubble” look by creating sections and pulling hair slightly out of each chunk. These easy back to school updos require a lot of hairspray but not a lot of effort.

High Bubble Ponytail

Instagram / @catchies

19. Fishtails on Straight Hair

Simple looks like these are great back to school hairstyles for medium length hair. Leave most of your hair down either curly or straight and pull back your bangs and front sections in a type of braid. Let the other girls wear messy Friday buns, you’ve got time for cute dutch fishtails.

Medium Braided Half Updo

Instagram / @annies_hairstyles

20. Sidebraid with Low Ponytail

End the week with a cute and simple braided pony, the perfect addition to a football jersey and jean outfit at the school football game. Wrap a loose braid from around the pony and secure it with a bobby pin. Enjoy these  back to school quick and easy hairstyles anyday.

Low Pony With Side Braid

Instagram / @hairwithsuns

Make your way from Monday through Friday with a different hairstyle every day of the week. You may just need to add these to your new calendar so you can try them all. Want to pencil in The Right Hairstyles for your next back-to-school hairstyle? We’ve got prom updos, trendy looks, and everyday hairstyles when you stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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