It’s that time of the year again - summer is on its last leg, which means it’s almost time for us to go back to school again. I know, I know, it’s a pretty ugh feeling. I’m sure nobody missed cramming for exams and waking up for those 8 a.m. classes that you knew you would regret choosing.
It’s not all bad, though. School can be a great way to show off your fashion sense, and one way to flaunt your style is through your hair. Regardless of if you have long, short, curly, straight, or relaxed hair, there’s a great hairstyle out there for you. Try fitting some of these hairstyles into your back-to-school look!
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1. Loose Side Braid
Braids are effortlessly cool and chic, which make them a perfect ’do for a busy school day. To make your own version of this hairstyle, create a deep side part, make a loose braid, and then throw it over your shoulder. For some extra oomph, use a texturizing spray on your roots before creating the braid.
For those of you thinking about getting a short cut, consider a choppy bob. This style is especially great for girls with fine hair, because the blunt ends of the cut create a fuller look. This versatile cut can be styled straight and sleek, or tousled and rough. Add a little texture paste for definition and volume.
Nothing says “confidence” like shaving your head. For an extra kick, why not dye the remaining hair blonde? If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, try out this style. It’s a low-maintenance ’do, and completely badass - what’s better than that?
4. Low Beachy Ponytail
For an easy hairstyle that looks like you spent a while on it, look no further than a ponytail. Low ponytails are very chic, and by adding texture to yours, you can add some more personality to this otherwise simple style. Another great thing about a low ponytail with beachy waves is the fact that it can work for long, medium, thick, and fine hair.
This style combines two great hairdo’s in one - the topknot (which is essentially a mini “messy bun”) and the half-up half-down look. This look is incredibly versatile; girls with curly, straight, thick, fine, short, or long hair could rock this hairstyle. With some strong elastic bands, and lots of bobby pins, the perfect half-up half-down topknot can be achieved.
6. Messy Space Buns
If you were on social media at all this spring and summer, then there’s a huge chance that you saw this hair style on festival-goers. Space buns (two mini buns on each side of the top of your head) are fun, relatively easy to create, and adorable. They also look great on many different hair types. To achieve an effortlessly cool look for class, make your space buns loose, and leave a few pieces of hair out at the front to frame your face.
7. Unicorn Hair
As most of you know, unicorn anything has been massively trending this year - Frappuccinos, macarons, shoes - you name it. Unicorn hair is one of the ways you can rock the trend this school year. If you look on Instagram, you can find girls showing off their long, pretty unicorn locks, decorated with vibrant pastel shades. If you want to get in on this hair trend, just know that keeping vibrant colors in your hair requires a lot of work and care to keep it colorful and healthy. And if your hair isn’t naturally ultra-light, you’re going to have to bleach it out to make those colors really pop.
If colorful hair isn’t exactly your thing, why not go the opposite route? Charcoal grey hair is the perfect way to bring your hair color into the fall season. The dark, icy gray hue works well on many skin tones, as well as hair types. If you’re not ready to fully jump into the gray-haired trend just yet, try an ombre style or a wig to test it out.