42 Cute And Easy Hairstyles For School

Picking a school hairstyle is as easy as ABC with our inspo guide.  

After a night of revision, thinking about what hairstyle you should wear to school may be far from your mind. But with our selection of quick and easy school hairstyles, you’ll never be short of inspiration.

Due to uniform policies, school hairstyles can be restrictive but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. So whether you’re starting a new school term or need to get out of your style rut, there’s never been a better time to revamp your look with a cute hairstyle.

3 Easy Braided Updos

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If you need quick and easy braided hair inspiration, look no further than these stylish updos. From boxer braids perfect for gym class to a stylish ponytail upgrade and a sweet side braid, we’ve got all your hair needs covered!

Effortless Messy Bun   

Woman with messy blonde bun hairstyle
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Hit the snooze button one too many times? A messy bun will solve all your problems and since it’s not meant to look neat, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Credit: @kaitlynn.bell

Accessorised Long Hair 

Woman with long dark brown wavy hair with bobby pins
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You can’t talk about school hairstyles without mentioning bobby pins! Instead of using them to secure your favourite long hairstyle, wear them in a cool arrow design. Credit: @barefootblondehair

Sleek Top Knot  

Woman with dark blonde hair styled into a top knot
Credit: Rupert Laycock

A quick and easy top knot is a seriously underrated way to keep your hair off your face. So, we reckon you’ll love this sleek one!

Editor’s tip: Set this lovely look with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spraywhich will help keep frizz at bay and boost shine.

Neat Dutch Braids 

Woman with dark hair styled into Dutch braidsdutch braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Need a hairstyle that’ll outlast the school day and extracurricular activities? You’re looking at it! Learn how to get the look with our tutorial.

Sweet Side Braid 

Woman with shoulder length side braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you struggle with braiding or have shorter hair, try weaving a simple side braid.  

The Blow Dry 

Woman with golden blonde hair styled into a wavy blow dry
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Why go to the salon when you create this smart blow-dry hairstyle at home? 

Long Braid Hairstyle 

Woman with dark long hair braided
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What’s not to love about this plaited ‘do? It’s neat, tidy and just what you need when you don’t want to worry about your hair while at school. Credit: @sophiadorena

Classic High Ponytail 

Woman with blonde high ponytail
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

You can’t go wrong with this cute high ponytail hairstyle ⁠— it only takes about 5 minutes to put together.

Cute Crown Braid 

Woman with dark hair styled into a crown braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Whether they’re starring in the school assembly, receiving an award or having their picture taken, this sweet crown braid is sure to make them look the part. 

Fancy French Braid 

Woman with dark brown hair styled into a French braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Make learning French extra fun for your little one with this budge-proof French braid.

Pretty Half Up With Clip 

Brunette with naturally curly hair in a half-updo with a pineapple clip
Credit: Rupert Laycock

A half-up half-down is one of the easiest ways to style your hair for school and takes no time at all.

Cool Fishtail Braid 

Woman with long brown hair styled into a fishtail braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

This fishtail braid is easier to create than it looks, we promise. Just watch our quick fishtail plait tutorial to get this eye-catching school hairstyle. 

Sleek Sock Bun  

Woman with a brunette high sock bun
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

School is already stressful enough without having to worry about your hair, too. Keep strands in check with this slicked-back sock bun and it’ll last right through until the final bell goes.

Editor’s tip: Pop the TONI&GUY Flyaway Taming Wand in your school bag to tame flyaways and smooth down unruly strands while on the go.

Classic Ponytail 

Woman with classic low ponytail hairstyle
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Need a hairstyle for school that can easily be done but still look ultra-polished? This classy ponytail is destined for you.

Basic Bun 

Woman with golden hair styled into a bun
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If your little one has really long hair, this basic bun will do a lovely job of keeping it secure and looking school appropriate.

Curly Half-up Ponytail 

Woman with medium length hair styled into a half-up ponytail
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Get the best of both worlds with this cute half-up, half-down ponytail. Give your look a ‘90s touch by leaving two pieces of hair out at the front.

Pancaked Braided Pigtails 

Two girls with long hair styled into braided pigtails
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Take the dread out of your next P.E class by rocking these braided pigtails. And better still, double up with your bestie. Credit: @yourbraids 

Messy Side Ponytail 

Woman with dark brunette hair in a messy low side ponytail
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Are you devoted to your ponytail? Well, the good news is you don’t have to stray too far away with this side ponytail.

Retro Pixie With Headband 

Woman with a platinum blonde pixie cut with a scarf tied around
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Don’t let short hair stop you living your best hair life. Team a short cut with a headband and viola, you have the perfect hairstyle for school.

Glossy Double Dutch Braids 

Woman with medium length dark brown hair styled into dutch braids
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Dutch braids are super easy to create and can be worn on anyone with shoulder-length hair or longer.

Mini Braids 

Woman with short blonde hair with mini braids
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Give your school hairstyle a little edge with mini braids.

Dreamy Half-Up With A Ribbon 

Woman with long blonde hair in half-up with ribbon bow
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This picture-perfect hairstyle doesn’t need to be reserved for picture day. By adding a ribbon, you instantly make this half-up, half-down extra special. Credit: @allthingshairuk 

Simple Side-Parting With A Low Pony 

Side parted blonde hair in a ponytail
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you’re tired of your middle parting and want to try something different, simply switch to a side parting. It really is the easiest way to update your style and it looks great with a low ponytail.

Wavy Braided Low Ponytail 

Brunette woman with a braided curly low ponytail
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This clever hairstyle combines our love for braided styles with a super simple ponytail.

’90s Pigtails

Long blonde hair in pigtails half-up, half-down
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No school week is complete without wearing your hair in pigtails at least once. For a more on-trend look, we love this half-up, half-down option. Credit: @lorenxgray

Statement Buns And Bows 

Woman with dark hair styled into a bun with red hair bow
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Make your hair your best accessory with this bun and bow combo.

Beautiful Bows And Clips 

Brunette woman with a low ponytail with pearl hair clips and a hair bow
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If your school uniform doesn’t leave much room for creative flair, get inspired with your hair instead with all of the hair accessories. Credit: @leletny

Girly Statement Bows 

Blonde woman with a ponytail with a red bow
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No school hairstyles round-up would be complete without a hair bow (or two). Credit: @goldsalty

Easy Long Braids 

Woman with ash brown hair in single braid
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Long hair can be time consuming to style but with this quick and easy single braid you can be the best tressed in the classroom in under a minute. Credit: @okevaaa

Half-Up Braid  

Woman with brunette and blonde ombre hair in a half-up half-down braid
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Half-up braids are some of our favourite heatless hairstyles and there are so many different looks you can try.

Unicorn Braid 

Woman with long wavy dark brunette hair in a unicorn braid
Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

No time to wash your hair? Braids work best on dirty hair, so this fun unicorn braid is a winning look to try between hair wash days.

Editor’s tip: Refresh your roots and add grip before braiding with the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo.

Charming Milkmaid Braid 

Woman with dark brown milkmaid braid
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Leave some face-framing strands out of this milkmaid braid for a casual-smart look or add some flowers or hair pins for a formal school night. 


Brunette woman with her hair in a ponytail with a sage green headband
Credit: Rupert Laycock

One of the reasons that we love headbands so much is that they can instantly upgrade any hairstyle.

’90s Clipped Back Bob 

Woman with a purple highlighted bob with a pink snap clip
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Feel like your hair is too short to do anything with? This clipped-back bob look couldn’t be simpler and is a great way to get in on the snap clips trend. Credit: @xandervintage

Perfect Ballet Bun 

Blonde woman with a tight ballerina bun
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Ballerina buns are designed to stay put so if they can handle pirouettes, science class will be a breeze.

Slicked Back Ponytail 

Woman with brown ombre hair in slick ponytail
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Keep things smooth and simple with this slicked back ponytail.

Bumped Quiff 

Woman with bump quiff ponytail wearing green
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Give your ponytail some voluminous flare with a hair quiff. This bumped up style is great for creating the illusion of height. 

Easy Half-up Bun 

Woman with curly medium length styled into a half-up look
Credit: Rupert Laycock

This charming half-up bun is well-suited for all hair lengths and types. 

Braid And Ponytail 

Brunette woman with a braided ponytail
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Give your regular ponytail an upgrade for the new term with this easy Dutch braid version.


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