8 Back-to-School Hair Trends We’re Digging

Look cool for school with these fun transitional looks.

Yes, we’re just on Labor Day Weekend and have still got many more trips to the beach on the calendar (because #summerforever!), but that doesn’t mean we aren’t psyched to start planning our back-to-school outfits and hairstyles. Piggybacking on some of the hottest summer hairstyles, these back-to-school hair trends are great ways to transition your summer looks into more campus-friendly ‘dos that aren’t only easy to recreate during busy weekday mornings, but also hold up during the longest of school days. Read on to discover our favorite back-to-school hair looks for fall:

Back-to-School Hair Trends

back-to-school hair top knot
A baby bang modernizes a classic top knot.

1. Messy Top Knot

The quintessential top knot doesn’t just have to be just a last-minute option when you’re late for class. This knotted bun looks especially cool with a few wispy hairs around your face and gets extra cool points when paired with a micro fringe.

back-to-school hair soft waves
Don’t want to retire those beach waves? Give them more structure for fall by using a curling iron.

2. Soft Waves

This look is ideal if you have time in the morning to style your hair. It doesn’t require that many steps, but you will need a hair wand and some pin curls to help you create the perfect soft wave. Read more about how to master this look in our hair waves tutorial.

back to school hair trends pigtails
Off the playground: Pigtails don’t have to be just a middle-school thing.

3. Modern Pigtails

Upgrade and edge up this charming classic a bit for back-to-school season with a slight wave. Create this look by tying off two low pigtails at the earline, and curl your hair using a curling wand. Don’t forget to use some heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to shield hair from damage caused by your curling iron.

back-to-school hair trends pull through hair crown final
Showcase that brilliant color with a unique updo.

4. Pull-Through Crown

Another style to try if you have some extra time in the a.m. is a stunning pull-through crown. While this look appears complicated, it’s actually a lot easier than it seems. We also appreciate its all-day appeal; this look allows you to have a style you don’t have to fuss with once you’re done, making it a great option for a full-day’s load of classes! Master this look in our pull-through hair crown tutorial, and cap things off with a hairspray like Dove Style+Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hairspray to lock it all in.

back-to-school hair trends under braids
Flip hair over before braiding for this cool high ponytail remix.

5. Under-Braids

Who says braids always have to be front and center? Rock your braided hairstyle underneath your side ponytail or high bun by flipping your head over before starting a Dutch braid at your nape. Plus, this style looks super cool with two-toned hair color!

back-to-school hair half-shaven
Create a buzz (quite literally) with a trendy side-shave.

6. Half-Shaven Style

Want to make a big buzz for the new school year? Go for a big change this fall with a half-shaven look. This haircut gives you the best of both worlds: It helps you maintain some length while also playing with an edgy short cut. You can also add in a hidden braid to add another dimension to this look. Be sure to also use some serum like Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Anti-Breakage Serum to tame any frizz or flyaways that can form around your partline.

back-to-school hair trends space buns
Space buns are a quirky upgrade to your regular pigtails.

7. Space Buns

We are so in love with space buns and you can clearly see why! This adorable look, which is both a nod to the Bantu knot and the clubby looks of prior decades, is another fun way to inject some ’90s flavor into your look without going too extra.

back-to-school hair trends top knot
Can’t decide between an updo or otherwise? Do both.

8. Half-Up Top Knot

If a top knot is your game but so is having your hair down, why not combine both worlds with this modern update? We love a big bun on top paired with hair flowing down by the side as a super cute and casual back-to-school hair option.



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