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These Back To School Hairstyles Will Have You Voted Best Hair

Last updated Sep 27, 2023

School is (almost) in session. With each new school year, it's natural to want to switch up your day-to-day look. Whether you're looking to completely reinvent your style, or add a few new looks to your rotation, we've got you covered. Here are simple, easy back-to-school hairstyles that you don't want to miss.

Double-Braided Ponytail

Double-Braided Ponytail

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This simple twist on a classic style will instantly elevate your look. All you need is a ponytail extension. Start by attaching the extension securely to your natural hair. Divide your hair into two sections and braid each section separately. Secure with hair ties. Apply gel or edge control for a sleek look, and set the style with hairspray.

Spiky Buns

Spiky Buns

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We're for Y2K all the way. Start by gathering your hair into two high or low ponytails, securing them with hair ties. Divide each ponytail into smaller sections and tease or backcomb each section to add volume and texture. Twist each section tightly and coil it around the base of the ponytail, securing it with bobby pins. As you twist, leave the ends of the hair sticking out instead of tucking them in, creating a spiky effect. Repeat this process for each section, forming multiple spiky buns. Pull out and arrange the twisted sections to enhance the spiky look. Finish with a spritz of hairspray to keep the style intact. Bonus points if you opt for a zig-zag part!

Swoop Ponytails

Swoop Ponytails

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The 90's trends are here to stay. We love bouncy bold hair. If you want the blowout look but don't want to add heat to your hair no worries - opt for a lace front wig. To achieve this back-to-school style begin by parting your hair into a deep side part. Take a small section of hair from the front. Gently comb or brush this section to smooth it out. Flat iron the section for an ultra-sleek look. Next, bring this section of hair across your forehead diagonally, sweeping it to the side to form the desired "swoop" effect. Use bobby pins to secure it in place at the side of your head, hiding the pins within the hair for a seamless look

To create the ponytails. Section off the hair near the crown of the head to create two ponytails in a half-up half-down style. Hide the rubber bands on the ponytail by taking a small section of hair and wrapping it around the rubber band. Pull any remaining hair through the back of the hair tie. Finish this look by using a flatiron or curling iron to flip up the ends of the two

Textured Ponytail

Textured Ponytail

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This is perhaps the easiest style to achieve and offers a seamlessly natural look. This is a perfect everyday back-to-school hairstyle. Or if you're pressed for time this style will take anywhere between 10-20 minutes to achieve. To get a sleek and slicked-down look for your ponytail begin by gathering your hair at your desired height. Use a bristle brush to smooth out the hair. If you notice that your hair does not remain slicked down you can use a product like Got2b Glued Freeze Spray or a similar strong-hold hairspray. Lightly mist the product over your hair and blow dry the misted sections immediately. Once you're satisfied with the sleekness, gather the hair into a ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Remember to be gentle to avoid breaking or damaging the hair.

Pull your natural hair into a small tight bun or braid. Link the ponytail hair extension by attaching the clip(s) to the top of the base ponytail. Make sure the clip is secure. Next, grab the long piece of the extension and wrap it as tightly as you can around the base of the ponytail. Use bobby pins to secure it in place. Pin back any flyaways and add your finishing touches. Learn more about how to install ponytail extensions

Bubble Braids

Bubble Braids

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This effortlessly cute style can be worn in a multitude of ways. Whether you want one or two braids, or want to wear your hair high up or down low, this style can support it all. This style is super easy to achieve, making it perfect for an everyday look. Start with parting your hair down the middle. Consider using feed-in hair to add volume to this style. Whether you choose to go with a synthetic option or human hair choose hair that closely matches your natural hair color. To create bubble braids, start by preparing clean and detangled hair. Section the hair evenly, incorporating synthetic or human hair extensions as desired.

Secure each section with an elastic band or hair tie. Then, slide another elastic band or hair tie a few inches down the length of each section, creating a "bubble" effect. Gently pull and tug on the hair between the two elastic bands to create volume and separation, giving the appearance of bubbles. Repeat this process, adding more elastic bands or hair ties at regular intervals down the length of each section until you reach the ends. Adjust and fluff the bubbles as desired. To finish, secure the ends with another elastic band or hair tie. Feel free to accessorize with barrettes, and clips as desired.

Butterfly Cuts

Butterfly Cuts

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Butterfly cuts have been popping up everywhere recently. When it comes to getting this cut yourself - it's best to leave it to the professionals. Always research a stylist who specializes in these cuts. Since this type of style requires many layers and is not uniform across individuals this cut is easy to botch at home. Remember that these cuts require a more demanding styling routine. So consider how much time you're willing to spend daily to style the hair to its full effect.

Double-Braided Pigtails

Double-Braided Pigtails

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Similar to the double-braided ponytail this look can be achieved with a ponytail extension. If ponytail extensions are not your thing, don't stress! This look can also be as equally stunning with braids. Simply take your braids and divide them into four equal sections, with two sections on each side. Turn each section into one larger braid. Next, gather two sections on each side and turn them into pigtails. This style is super effortless and can be done in less than 5 minutes.

Slick Back Braided Ponytail

Slick Back Braided Ponytail

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This simple, easy-to-do style will instantly transform any look. The sleek and polished slick back braided ponytail has been popping up everywhere recently. Start by smoothing your hair back, using a brush and some styling gel or pomade to achieve a sleek finish. Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Next, divide the ponytail into three sections and create a classic braid. For an added twist, you can opt for a fishtail or Dutch braid instead. Secure the end of the braid with another elastic band, and you're ready to have a style that will last throughout the school day.

Baby Braids

Baby Braids

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This easy-to-style look Baby Braids, makes you look like you put in some serious effort before school. Start by sectioning off the front of your hair by parting from ear to ear. Slick down the front of the hair with any gel, edge control, or freeze spray. Secure the hair at the back of the neck and tie it with a rubber band. With the remaining hair pull out two small sections on either side of the head to act as your face-framing braids. Braid each section. Gather a smaller section at the crown of the head to place in a high ponytail.

Back-to-school styles don't have to be boring. Adding these hairstyles to your rotations can transform even the most simple of outfits. Whether you loathe spending too much time on your hair or you can spend hours perfecting a style, there is a look for you.

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