7 pretty hairstyles for school: Short hair looks for every day of the week

Looking for cool yet simple hairstyles for short hair for school? Here are 7 short hairstyles for school that'll brighten up your week!  

The summer’s great and all, but back-to-school season is fast approaching — which means you’re probably starting to think about which outfits and hairstyles to rock on your first day. While it’s easier to find long hairstyles for school, short hair looks may seem non-existent, but trust us: they aren’t!

So, if you’re not sure where to find simple yet stylish back-to-school hairstyles for short hair, you’ve totally come the right place.

Whether you’re after sleek short hairstyles for school or braided ones, we’ve looked to the red carpet to find you 7 chic looks that’ll see you through the first school week in style.

7 short hairstyles for school that’ll ensure you slay


short hairstyles for school: lily collins with sleek looped ponytail with gold wrapping on it
Sleek and steady wins the race! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Day 1: Sleek ponytail

The first day of school is an opportune moment to show off your styling prowess. How? With a deceptively easy sleek ponytail (a la Lily Collins), of course!

This shimmering hairstyle is easy as pie to create and will totally make everyone around you think you’ve been hanging out with the glitterati all summer. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

Editor’s tip: After washing your hair with a smoothing wash and care system, straighten or blowdry it to sleek perfection, before setting it with the Toni&Guy Finishing Shine Spray. This will help keep frizz at bay and leave your locks gleaming!

back to school hairstyles for short hair : hailey baldwin with low slung bun on the red carpet wearing hoop earring and red dress
The blogger bun is here and ready to make your mornings a dream! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Day 2: Blogger bun

When it comes to stylish short hair hairstyles for school, the blogger bun is the best one to covet — especially if you struggle to fashion your short locks into a topknot.

With a look this cool, you’ll be able to get through the day in style and not have to worry about your gorgeous short hair updo falling out of place (yay!). After all, if it’s good enough for Hailey Baldwin

, short hair hairstyles for school: dj kitty cash with short hair with bobby pins in it smiling at the glamour women of year red carpet
Honestly, is there anything that bobby pins can’t do? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Day 3: Bobby pinned ‘do

When you get bored of wearing your short hair sleek, simply give it a quick makeover by adorning it with bobby pins, just like Kitty Cash has done, here. See? Short hair hairstyles for school don’t have to be complicated to look good!

hairstyles for short hair for school ideas: chloe sevingy with braided crown updo hairstyle on the red carpet
Braided hairstyles for school + short hair = a match made in hair heaven!

Day 4: Braided updo

Did you know that braided hairstyles for school + short hair = the best hair combination ever? Need proof? Just one glance at Chloe Sevigny’s braided updo is all you need.

Even with a short cut, this elegant, next-level updo is still achievable and guaranteed to garner some positive attention.

hairstyles for school short hair ideas: model with short wavy hair with beret on it, wearing choker and velvet blue jacket
Greasy hair? Win the mane battle with the help of a hat! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Day 5:  Beachy waves

When you undo yesterday’s braid, you’ll be left with gorgeous beachy waves that are perfect for #friyay.

To give your otherwise simple waves a mega-dose of Parisian charm, pair the casual look with a stylish beret, like Yuka Mizuhara has done, here. Oh la la!

Editor’s tip: Before you pop on your beret, make sure to zhuzh up your locks with some dry shampoo. Our fave for oily roots? The VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo, of course. Creating amazing back-to-school hairstyles for short hair is going to be a breeze with this nifty product around!

short hair hairstyles for school: Kendall Jenner with short half-up, half-down bun hairstyle on the runway wearing a/w clothing
Love half-up hairstyles and buns? Try pairing them together! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Day 6: Half-up space buns

When it comes to long-lasting hairstyles for short hair for school, you really can’t go wrong with giving a half-up, half down hairstyle a whirl. And whether you’re hitting the library to study or just going out with friends, this pretty hairstyle will definitely make your Saturday that extra bit special.

Fancy getting a similar style that would totally make Kendall Jenner proud? Here’s how to create braided space buns, right in the comfort of your home.

short hairstyles for school: shot of busy phillips with short updo hairstyle with ribbon hair accessory
Ribbons will add a touch of class to just about any hairstyle! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Day 7: Ribbon tucked updo

It’s time for Sunday brunch! You’ve washed your hair and are after a smart short hairstyle that’ll work for Monday, too. We suggest you try this ribbon tucked updo, which we spotted Busy Phillips wearing — dreamy, isn’t it?

This charming Brigitte Bardot-inspired updo is great for ladies who have locks that tend to fall on the finer side and you can learn to do it in just 7 easy steps! Aren’t short hairstyles for school super creative?


Loved all these cute short hair hairstyles for school and now lusting after even more short looks? Then head on over to our dedicated Short Hairstyles page, where you can discover all the incredible ways to style your locks!

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