3 Easy hairstyles for curly hair perfect for back-to-school

Jeanette | 05 September 2016

Start the new term right with one of these simple, yet high impact hairstyles.

Looking for easy hairstyles for back-to-school (or even back-to-work) that suit curly hair? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together our 3 favourite ‘dos that you can do in under 10 minutes (yes, really!). So, scroll down to see what made our September cut and  discover how to create the looks yourself.

Editor’s tip: Because curly and afro hair is more prone to dryness, it’s important to keep it well conditioned. So, before starting your easy hairstyles, prep your hair with the LOC (liquid, oil and cream) method.

For the liquid section, use the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray (£16.45*). This leave-in will help rehydrate hair (and leave it smelling like papaya, too (yum)!). And for the hair oil and cream sections of your hair care routine, use the Dove Advanced hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment (£6.99*) and the Dove Advanced hair Series Quench Absolute Crème Serum (£6.99*). Once you’ve done this, your hair will be ready for styling!

Easy hairstyles for curly hair: 3 Looks you can do in under 10 minutes!


Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: the pineapple
Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: The pineapple

The pineapple updo

Looking for an easy hairstyle that’ll help manage your curly tresses? Ladies, meet: the pineapple. This super easy updo can be a real saving grace if you‘re short on time, but also want to keep your strands out of your face.

Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: curly hair updo pineapple
Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: The pineapple is super easy to create.

How to get the look: 

1. Start by gathering your curly hair into a really high ponytail. Bending or tipping your head forward can make this much easier to do.

2. Secure your high ponytail with a snag-free hairband and pull the tail forward – and you’re done! Now there’s more time for studying (or sleeping in!).

Editor’s tip: Looking for an after-dark hairstyle that will help keep your curls looking fresh? Then the pineapple is perfect solution! Just wrap a silk scarf around your head to help limit any frizz-inducing friction while you sleep.

Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: the curly hun
Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: The hun

The hun (AKA the half-up bun)

Not sure if you want to wear your hair down, or rock an updo? Now you don’t have to, thanks to this easy, yet high impact half-up, half-down hairstyle. The hun is ideal if having all your hair down at once gets too much to handle, as it relieves you of some of the volume, yet still shows off the length. Win-win, right?

Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: How to create the hun
Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: Don’t forget to handle your curls with care!

How to get the look: 

1. Using the tip of your comb, create a 3-4 inch square section at the front of your head. Tip: Got big, curly hair? Keep the rest of your hair out of your way with a section clip!

2. Gather the top section of your hair and secure with a hairband. Then, gently and loosely twist your ponytail, wrapping it around the base.

3. Tuck the ends of your hair under your bun and discreetly pin it in place. And there you have it – a convenient half-up hairstyle, that still shows off your wonderfully curly mane!

Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: curly fishtail braid
Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: The fishtail braid

Fishtail braid

Braids are a great way to keep your curly hair in check all day, without the need for a touch up – and the fishtail braid is the ideal one for back-to-school. It gives plenty of interesting detail, and although the fishtail braid looks rather intricate, it’s actually quite simple to master!

Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: fishtail braid on curly black hair
Easy hairstyles for back-to-school: The fishtail braid is easier than you think.

How to get the look: 

1. First, start by creating a side ponytail and securing it with an elastic band.

2. Then, divide your ponytail into 2 equal sections. Take a small section of hair from the outer part of your left section and pull it over and across the right section. Note: Make sure you cross your section of hair in front, rather than behind.

3. Repeat this process on the right section. Taking a small section of hair from the outer part of your right section and pull it over and across the left section.

4. Continue this weaving method until you’ve plaited all of your hair.

5. Secure the end of your plait with a hairband and carefully cut the elastic at the top of your braid, and now your fishtail plait is complete!

Struggling to keep your curly locks under control? Then don’t forget to check out our Curly Hairstyles page for more expert tips, advice and lots of styling ideas.

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