Need Some Hairstyles for School? Here are 40!

While it’s fun to collect your supplies and find new clothes, it’s even more exciting to freshen up your look with a new style. Make a statement with your hair when you step back on campus this season! Here are 40 super fun hairstyles for school to get you started.

Dramatic A-Line

Dramatic A-Line hairstyleInstagram @stylinbymak_17

Q&A with style creator, Makayla
Hair Stylist @ Beleza Salon in Tulare, CA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a sassy blonde with a dramatic A-line cut. My favorite thing about this look is the cut. I love the A-line look because I feel like it can suit almost anyone of any age and be stunningly adorable.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommebd creating a beach wave with whatever iron works best for you. I personally love to use a straightener because it lasts much longer for me and my clients love it as well. They’ve been surprised at how well their waves stay in place even days later and still looks good.

As soon as the curls cool, I run my fingers through then add some pomade and airspray for the finished look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone that loves to a cute and sassy look without taking forever to achieve. It’s a mature and sophisticated look for young women and a classy look for women of an older age.

Effortless Shag

Q&A with style creator, Rainer Schneck
Salon Owner @ Pinsalon in Dallas, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is an effortless new shag. I love the casual feel about it. It really gives that playful, sexy, rock and roll hair vibe.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I use our own Pin Salon Rootbooster on about 80% of my clients. It is a light spray-on mousse that will gives a great amount of control. I also always use a heat protector like Kerastase Nectar Thermique. It is my favorite by far! It’s super light and makes the hair shiny but not too soft. I usually finish it out with a little Un.Dressed and Bedroom.Hair by Kevin Murphy.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?
This look is perfect for clients that want an easy, effortless look that is very versatile. It works great with a natural wave and clients who have a good amount of hair because you can eliminate a lot of weight. It also can be used on finer hair because it will give the hair texture and body!

This look works on almost all face shapes because you can adjust the length and framing very easily. It works great on clients who like to use their natural texture, but also like to style their hair for special events. Effortless hair is fun, sexy, and easy to replicate!

Tousled & Touchable

Tousled & Touchable hairstyleInstagram @coledoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Cole
Designer / Product Educator @ Kitsap Gene Juarez in Silverdale, WA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look was created mostly for ease and versatility. My clients are the type that want to be able to wear their natural texture or use a hot tool, so with that in mind, we went mid-length with framing at the hollows of the cheek. We kept the layers soft but broken up for lots of movement. I love it because it’s tousled and touchable. We threw in a few soft curl on top just soften around her face.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

We used all Bumble and bumble products for this look. I find that sticking with one product line works really well for the products to play off each other. To start, we used the Hairdressers Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner just to soften and give lots of shine to the color. For styling, the Curl Primer helped us detangle. To add some texture back in, Surf Infusion provided a nice sea salt feel without feeling dry. After hand drying, I curled using a 1-inch curling iron and raked the curls out with my fingers. To finish, I sprayed City Swept Finish though the ends for separation.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for anyone who loves to change up their style. It’s great if you’re going for a beachy, summery, effervescent look and feel. If you love to touch your hair and flip it side to side, this is the look for you!

Blunt Bob

Blunt Bob hairstyleInstagram @lauradoesmyhair

Q&A with style creator, Laura Myers
Hairstylist and Salon Co-Owner @ HALO Salon in Reno, NV


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This classic, blunt bob is modern and looks great on everyone. It is a strong and striking look that is polished yet effortless. The fringey bang draws focus to her beautiful eyes and the ash blonde color brings out her natural beauty.

My favorite thing about this look is that it complements anyone’s personal style. From polished to hipster, this cut flatters everyone.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Starting with wet hair, we used Unite Hair Blow & Set cocktailed with Unite U Oil, then blow dried with a large round brush to give it lift and smoothness before passing over with a flat iron. You could also add texture with a wand. Spray with a texturizing spray to finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The great thing about a bob is that it can work for everyone with variations, depending on your face shape and hair texture. For instance, someone with a round face would want a long bob, and someone with curly hair would need layers and more texture to avoid a “triangle head”. It’s a classic cut that never goes out of style.

Iconic Shag

Q&A with style creator, Alexus Estelle
Stylist & Colorist @ Salon Bugatti in Woodlands, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a modern shag. My favorite thing about this style is that it’s a modernized version of the iconic 70s haircut. You can also wear this look with bangs. It’s perfect for any client who has tried the lob haircut and wants to try something new.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This style looks best if the hair is healthy and shiny, so a good leave-in cream is a must. I used Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream. I like to rough dry the hair or air dry to create a lived-in look. This style can be worn straight or wavy, but be sure to keep the ends straight to achieve the modern shag look. The key is lots of texture, volume and movement.

On dry hair, apply a volumizing powder at the root. I used Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder. To finish the look, I like to add a product to give hold and memory. Spray your favorite texturizing spray! I used Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is perfect for all hair textures and face shapes and can be worn long or short. It’s versatile and can be adjusted to any face shape by personalizing the cut. It’s important to keep the layers on the longer side, but proportional to the length.

If your hair is on the thicker side, add lots of layers remove weight. If your hair is fine to medium, add choppy layers to create movement and texture. Be sure to bring pictures to your stylist!

Collarbone Cut

Q&A with style creator, Jasmine
Senior Stylist @ Garbo A Salon & Spa in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this textured, collarbone-length cut is the way it releases weight from her quite thick hair. Dense hair can feel more bulky or “bubbly” the shorter it’s cut. I used concave layering and heavy texturizing throughout, and also tucked away a slightly disconnected undercut at her nape by razoring a line about 3/4 of an inch shorter than the perimeter and adding graduation.

This is one of my favorite things to do because it de-bulks and encourages the hair to lay nicely over that shorter section without flipping outwards.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

We used all Aveda products. The Daily Hair Repair offers protection from heat and nourishes the hair prior to styling, while the Confixor (a medium hold gel) offers a shiny, bouncy hold. For this look, I blow dried both into the hair, lifting the roots. Taking fairly large sections, I added flat iron waves and finished with Air Control hairspray for a voluminous result that’s still brushable!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

As I mentioned, the way this cut was executed works fantastically for very thick hair and also enhanced this guest’s natural waves. Although I styled her with a flat iron for this photo, she rarely does so! She’s an air dry kind of gal and I love a cut that can be super low maintenance or all done up.

Fine-haired folks can absolutely benefit from a cut like this, just a different version! Less layering can keep the ends more full, and just a little bit of texture underneath the surface of the hair perks it up for more volume.

Textured Beach Wave

Textured Beach Wave hairstyleInstagram @kendallxfire

Q&A with style creator, Kendall Marie
Hair Artist (Color Specialist) @ Signature Hair Designers in North Augusta, SC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a textured beach wave look. I love this hairstyle because it’s perfect for a casual day or a night out. And for the ladies going back to school, it’s very quick to style!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To style your hair like this, you need a texture spray, a heat protectant, a smoothing cream/oil, a 1-inch curling iron, a flat iron and hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Beach waves can be for anyone with any face shape, and any texture of hair. Depending on the length of your hair, you may go up to a 1.5 to 2-inch curling iron for more of an effortless wave. Of course, this is way easier to achieve on naturally wavy hair or hair that simply holds a curl well. The products above with help it hold and last all day!

Textured Lob

Textured Lob hairstyleInstagram @hair_by_levi

Q&A with style creator, Levi Myers
Haircut & Color, Fine and Short Hair Expert @ Atlantic Studio 425 in Downtown Long Beach, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as a long textured bob. This client has lots of hair on her head, so in order to create more of a one-length appearance, I used several techniques to reduce weight and volume from the mid-lengths through the ends.

I love how little effort this cut requires to style! While it does look amazing curled or smoothed out, it is also a wash-and-go girl’s dream.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I like to start with a volume mousse at the roots like Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder or Sebastian’s Whipped Cream. A lightweight cream, paste, or even a soft clay can be nice to separate and define texture at the finish, depending whether a shine or matte finish is desired.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I find this basic style is super versatile. Virtually anyone can wear a long bob with subtle variations to customize. I always analyze the client’s hair type and face shape, then ask questions about her styling regimen and lifestyle during the consultation. I tweak the cut according to what complements her look and lifestyle.

Part of what is so great about this style is that it gives her a fresh, current, easy-to-style look, while still maintaining the ability to pull it back in a ponytail when she needs to. Easy breezy!

Dimensional Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Carrie Miller Murtaugh
Hair Artist / Owner @ Studio 16 in Navarre, OH


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a low maintenance, dimensional balayage. My favorite thing about it is how soft and natural the color looks, and how she won’t have to return for months as we used no color at her base.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I highly recommend a violet-based shampoo for all of my blonde, balayaged, or highlighted clients to keep the lighter pieces nice and bright. My favorite is Fanola No Yellow Shampoo.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color looks great on just about anyone, especially those with light to medium brown hair. I highly recommend balayage for those clients who prefer a lower maintenance lifestyle.

Ombre Waves

Ombre Waves hairstyleInstagram @hair_by_morgan

Q&A with style creator, Morgan Duncan
Cosmetologist @ Hair By Morgan Duncan in Ventura, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a beach wave, weaved ombré style created with a highlight technique about two inches away from the root. It’s toned into a beautiful caramel blonde.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To achieve this style, use a 1.5-inch curling iron and finish it off with some of Schwarzkopf’s Dust It to provide the tousled, messy curls.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hair color is ideal for a client who wants a low maintenance hairstyle that doesn’t need a whole lot of attention throughout the year.

Sunkissed Waves

Sunkissed Waves hairstyleInstagram @studiocgsalon

Q&A with style creator, Carrie Gridley
Owner/Stylist @ Studio CG Salon in Coeur d Alene, ID


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love that this balayage offers a very sunkissed, lived-in look that is so trendy right now. It also offers the convenience of less maintenance for the client, which is very appealing to many.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Since this look is typically created with lightener, a thermal protectant is my top recommendation to protect the hair from thermal damage. This look was also created with a Paul Mitchell Worked Up which is a great lightweight working spray ,as well as Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray. The curls themselves are flat iron waves.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Balayage is a great look for anyone just breaking into coloring their hair, as well as anyone on the go with a crazy busy schedule. It’s is also perfect for people with all types of hair. The free-form painting allows for you to get light, moderate or maximum coverage, depending upon your desired outcome. Overall, this coloring technique in general is a great option for so many people!

Balayage Babe

Q&A with style creator, Kelsey VanderEnde
Hairstylist @ Michauds Salon and Spa in Cloverdale, B.C., Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is one of my favorite looks. I love this look because it is the perfect blend from natural hair to balayage. Balayage is the best way to add some lightness and depth to your hair without having to color and lighten all of your hair.

What I also love about this look is the length of her hair. It is still long enough for her to pull it back if she needs to and makes it a lot easier to put curls in, making things quick and easy for getting ready in the morning.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The best way to keep this bright and looking fresh is by using a purple shampoo or conditioner at least once a week. Personally, my favorite purple conditioner is Kevin Murphy’s Blonde Angel. Another great product to achieve this look is a mousse to allow body and movement. Adding a mousse will also allow the curls to hold, and of course I always recommend using a heat protector before you do anything kind of heat styling.

To create these curls I used a flat iron, alternating the curls in different directions to make the hair fuller and create more movement.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to anyone who has natural hair and just wants to add a little brightness without having to touch up their hair every few months. This look is also great for someone who doesn’t like to have a lot of length and will find it easier to style with shorter hair.

This length of hair is great for someone who has fine hair and wants feel like their hair is fuller. It is also perfect for the person who has way too much hair and needs to lighten up their hair.

Natural Dimension

Q&A with style creator, Lauren
Stylist / Hair Extraordinaire / Color Specialist @ Studio 2121 in Little Rock, AR


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look can be summed up as soft, natural-looking dimension. For this client, this was a first lightening session in her journey toward achieving blonde hair. However, this look would be suitable as a final color result as well!

I love how the highlights are placed to light up her face and how softly the lightness is blended in order to resemble natural, sunkissed strands.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I would suggest asking your colorist for soft babylights and subtle balayage blended from the front of the face toward the back. I would also ask your stylist to alter the technique combo to compliment your facial structure and adjust the color formulation to flatter your skin tone!

While we didn’t highlight a large portion of her hair, I still always recommend using a color-safe shampoo, a nourishing hair mask (once a week), and a daily heat protectant!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color placement is flattering on almost anyone. This babylight/balayage combo can be used in almost any base color, from nearly black to blonde! The starting point of the highlights may vary from client to client in order to enhance their unique facial features. For example, some clients look best with highlights that emphasize their brow bone, while others look best with highlights bringing out their cheekbones or jawline.

Warm Balayage

Warm Balayage hairstyleInstagram @md.hair.yyc

Q&A with style creator, Mandy DeVo
Hair and Make-up Artist @ Red Bloom Salon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this look is how the highlights use warm tones to compliment her skin tone and darker features. I also love that this style was created for a mountain lake wedding.

The great thing about this color for back to school is that it’s great for introducing color. Girls can go back to school with fabulously fresh hair!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

A 1-inch Hot Tools Marcel curling iron was used to create the curl. I also used Aveda Damage Remedy leave-in and Aveda Volumizing Tonic. Once dried and set, I brushed out the waves with the Wetbrush Pro and finished with Aveda Control Force.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for someone who loves a pretty busy lifestyle. With this easy, low maintenance color/cut, she visits the salon every 8-12 weeks. She is  able to make this hair wedding ready, workout ready and everything in between.

Texturized Layers

Q&A with style creator, Grace Hill
Senior Stylist and Colourist @ Grace Hill Hairdressing in Sydney, Australia


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a lined-in blonde with a texturized, long layered cut. My favorite things about this look are its natural look and effortless style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Try Kevin Murphy Undressed for an undone, natural look

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is best suited to medium to thick, long straight hair. A round, oval or long shaped face will wear this look well.

Waterfall Curls

Waterfall Curls hairstyleInstagram @curllovemiriam

Q&A with style creator, Miriam McNamara
DevaCurl Stylist @ Curl Power Salon in Minneapolis, MN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this look is its flow and balance! I love the waterfall effect her curls have, cascading into one another with no excess bulk weighing them down. At its most basic, this is a long layered haircut, but with hair this thick and curly, it can be difficult to control its natural volume.

After doing traditional long layers, it’s important to go back into the hair and add additional layers around the face and throughout the crown to give the hair a balanced, waterfall effect with no excess bulk. The result is a look that retains length without heaviness and is easy to style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This look is designed to maximize the impact of her beautiful natural texture with simple, wash-and-go convenience, which is ideal for early school mornings! I recommend DevaCurl products for maximum moisture, shine and volume control.

I cleansed and conditioned her hair with No Poo and One Condition Decadence, and styled with Styling Cream for moisture and shine and Ultra Defining Gel for touchable yet strong hold that will last all day.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for any face shape and anyone looking for a simple, easy-to-style look that retains length. You can still pull it up in a ponytail if needed, but it’s easy to make it look amazing when you want to wear those curls out!

Waves and curls in particular will shine with this cut. This look works best for thick, dense hair. I would not recommend this many layers for a client with lower hair density.

Blunt Precision Bob

Q&A with style creator, Mona Lee
Co-Owner @ Prisma Hair Studio in Albuquerque, NM


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a blunt precision bob with a retro, new millennium vibe. My favorite thing about the look is the versatility. This specific style is actually two haircuts combined into one. When it comes to the entire perimeter, you get a nice and blunt one-length look that is chic and modern. I was then able to bring hair from the top section and bangs and disconnect into that dramatic angle we all want to see.

It gives flexibility to have a sharp angle and long hair around the face while still being able to pull back into a pony.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The versatility is the best thing about this look. My favorite way to style any of my bobs is to incorporate some type of texture product into the hair. This gives the right amount of texture and volume that is great for same day or second day looks.

For this look, I used Loma’s Nourishing Treatment Oil for a heat protectant and a sleek finish at the ends, then Number 4 Haircare’s Sugar Texturizing Spray for volume and texture at the root.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to someone who enjoys or is willing to commit to styling their hair, whether that be a smooth iron, curling iron, blow dryer, etc.

This look would be great for someone who is wanting a little volume in the back, but still wants to preserve lots of length around their face. It is great for most thick hair types.

Mermaid Shag

Mermaid Shag hairstyleInstagram @callyjosalon

Q&A with style creator, Cally Fredrickson
Hairstylist @ Cloud 9 Salon & Day Spa in West Fargo, ND


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The cut is considered a mermaid shag. This cut is fun and playful, and since there are no precise lines, the messier the better! It truly is a traditional beach wave at its finest.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

My favorite product that I recommend using on this mermaid shag cut would be a texturizing spray. Unite’s “Liquid Dust” and their “Texturiza” spray are two of my favorites.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut for a client with thick hair who wants to get rid of some of that extra hair weight. It’s also great on a client who has some wave to their hair as it is meant to be styled as a messy wave. This cut is achieved with plenty of slice cuts, so there are no even layers.

Since it is meant to be a little messy, it would be perfect for a client who doesn’t have a lot of time to style their hair, but still wants to look like they put time into styling.

Classic Graduated Bob

Classic Graduated Bob hairstyleInstagram @wwesleyjohn

Q&A with style creator, Wesley Hanlon
Creative Director @ Sassoon Toronto in Toronto, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The look is a classic graduated bob with a fringe and a touch of layers. The reason why I chose to do this look was because I wanted to design a cut that would make her eyes stand out even more. That’s what I like most about this cut.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a light lotion for heat protection or a leave-in conditioner spray to give shine but keep things light and free to move.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone can suit this cut, but when choosing a heavy fringe, your face shape should be long enough to suit it because it does close down your face. That being said, if you have a shorter, rounder face, then I suggest the same cut minus the fringe or make the fringe super light and soft (no straight line).

I think the bob is best suited for any lifestyle because it is a wash and wear look that suits any lifestyle.

Cool Girl Chic

Cool Girl Chic hairstyleInstagram @chellelynn

Q&A with style creator, Chelle Johnson
Apprentice @ Level Workshop in Dallas, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is effortless, cool girl chic. It is very done yet undone.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

You just need a curling iron and some texture spray to recreate this style. Pro tip: The less time you leave the iron on your hair, the looser the waves will be! Mix up directions to get that natural mermaid look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is great for so many people! It can be a more polished low maintenance style, or a perfectly cool compliment to a bright red lip and heels. Waves like this can skew casual, elegant, rocker…your personality can really shine through!

#21 Too Hot to Handle

Written by Irene BredThauer

This fire-engine red, super hot shag cut is perfect for back to school! The rich red with subtle low-lighting in the back is a fabulous fall color while the shaggy layers are flirty and edgy. Side swept bangs keep it from looking too harsh.
A super cute shag hairstyle for school

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair from roots to ends, using fingers if your hair is naturally straight, or a paddle brush if you need help smoothing.
  2. Use your flat iron to touch up any pieces that need it once hair is completely dry.
  3. Use pomade instead of hairspray to finish the look to help the pieces stand out better.

Recommended Products:
Give Blow Mane Tame Soft Pomade a try for styling and definition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, long, round, square and heart face shapes can wear this style. For really shaggy cuts, you’ll want a decent amount of density to your hair.
Tip:
Maintain the quality of your color by not exposing your hair to too much sunlight or harsh chemicals. Use color-friendly shampoos, conditioners and styling products.

#22 Sweet Shoulders

Written by Irene BredThauer

Try a flippy haircut that hits right above the shoulders for your back-to-school hairstyle. This haircut has medium to long layers with super long side bangs that help keep the cut light and whimsical. This length is very flattering and still allows you to pull it back for sports or working out if needed.

Medium Blonde Bob with a FlipStyle by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL
Medium Blonde Bob with a Flip - Side ViewStyle by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

  1. Use a large round brush with your blow dryer to smooth and roll the ends under or out while you dry.
  2. Concentrate on getting most of the moisture out first, then focus on flipping the ends in the direction you want when your hair is almost dry.

Recommended Products:
Use a nice light foam to give your blow dry shape but won’t weigh it down. I love BodyFul Foam from Redken or Prive has a great product called Shining Weightless Amplifier. Both are great for all hair types. Apply the prouduct from root to tip to get volume where you want it and a nice flip at the ends.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
All faces shapes will be flattered with this soft face-framing haircut. Hair that is more naturally straight would be best whether it’s thick or thin.
Tip:
When adding highlights, it’s always a great idea to have lighter pieces around your face. It brightens you up and also looks more natural and sun-kissed.

#23 Short and Chic

Written by Irene BredThauer

Sassy chocolate and caramel locks are fun – especially when they are cut just at eye level in front, tapered around the ears and short in the back. It’s low maintenance, but doesn’t give off the vibe that you just don’t care.
A cute and short hairstyle for back to school
How To Style:

  1. Short = easy! Blow dry and add product to define the style.
  2. Use a flat iron if you have to, but on a lower setting so you don’t burn your hair.

Recommended Products:
Try out Redken’s Water Wax Defining Pomade. A small amount will help give you some definition as well as flexible control and amazing shine.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, heart and more subtle variations of a square or round shaped face can wear this style. Pretty much any hair type can wear it , too! If you’re thinning too much, you’ll want to be careful how the interior layers are cut so they don’t expose too much scalp.
Tip:
Switch up your highlights every time you go in for a cut/color. It will give the whole look a different feel and you won’t end up feeling bored.

#24 Not-Quite-Twilight

Written by Irene BredThauer

It’s dark and mysterious, but with some red lowlights and a warm undertone, this deep rich color looks alive and healthy. The freshly trimmed ends keep the cut from looking straggly and sad.
A very cute medium length hairstyle perfect for school
How To Style:

  1. Blow your hair out using a large round brush for more volume or a paddle brush for more smoothness. Make sure to use a heat protection spray as well as a styling product for smoothness and control before drying.
  2. If you use any hairspray at all, keep it light.

Recommended Products:
Try Blow’s Straight To The Point Straightening Emulsion for a sleek, fabulous luster and all-out shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Long, round, heart, oval shaped faces can wear this style. The way a square shaped face wears the bangs and the layering around the face will make or break this cut for them. Medium, naturally not-too-textured hair works the very best, but those of us with curl know how to work it out!
Tip:
For extra volume and a little more curl, toss hair into rollers as soon as you’re done blowing it out. Let them sit for a while and cool completely off.

#25 Sweet Tease

Written by Irene BredThauer

Sweeping some hair up and back while still showing off your long gorgeous waves is a great way to style your hair. Sweet romantic waves fall past the shoulders and are topped off with a cute teased crown that is pinned simply and elegantly. Keep a few bangs left out to keep the top looking soft and casual. Perfect for school!

Teased Blonde WavesStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH
Teased Blonde Waves - Side ViewStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

  1. Work your natural waves or go in with a 1 ¼ or 1 ½ inch curling iron to add some loose curls.
  2. Use your fingers to break the curls a bit to make them appear more natural.
  3. For the top section, start at the back of the crown and tease the roots.
  4. Move towards the front and keep teasing the roots.
  5. Smooth your hair back and secure with a couple of bobby pins at the back crown.

Recommended Products:
Protect your hair from the curling iron’s heat with a product like Pantene’s Fine Hair Style Spray, Heat Protection and Shine. Even if you have thicker hair, this light mist is just the right amount of protection your hair will need.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
All face shapes and hair thicknesses can sport this super chic hairstyle. Straight, wavy or slightly curly hair can achieve this look.
Tip:
If you don’t want to leave your bangs down, spray them into the teased area or pin them back to the side.

#26 NBD (No Big Deal!)

Written by Irene BredThauer

Effortless style with a little effort, this long blonde curly style is perfect for heading back to the classroom. The darker roots with lighter ends is a trendy coloring process and having the natural darker roots means less time in the salon for you!
A long and blonde wavy hairstyle for school
How To Style:

  1. Wash hair the night before and let it air dry overnight (don’t forget to mist it with a heat protection spray!).
  2. In the morning, wrap strands around a clampless curling iron, away from your face.
  3. Spray the finished curls with hairspray and you’re done!

Recommended Products:
TIGI’s Bed Head Maxxed-Out Massive Hold Hairspray promises massive hold and super shine.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?
Oval, long, and some round, square, heart shaped faces can wear this style. Most hair types should be able to achieve a similar style, regardless of density or natural texture. If your hair is super fine, keep the length a little shorter or add extensions. If your hair is naturally really curly, it will take more prep work. I recommebd creating a beach wave with whatever iron works best for you. I personally love to use a straightener because it lasts much longer for me and my clients love it as well. They’ve been surprised at how well their waves stay in place even days later and still looks good.
Tip:
Instead of investing a ton of money into bonded extensions, buy the good quality human hair extensions that come on clips. Take them to your stylist and ask to have them blended to your hair layers, then just toss them in when you decide to wear your hair down. You can use them lots of times, so it’s a much less expensive but still fabulous option!

#27 Cheerleader Chic

Written by Irene BredThauer

Take a hint from this fun, color-inspiring style. Red hues that lighten up around the face and ends into copper blonde flecks make this color glow. Otherwise, this haircut is pretty simple with subtle layering and long wisps of bangs around the eyes.

Simple Highlighted Brunette StyleStyle by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

  1. Grab your blow dryer and a large round brush to remove moisture and smooth out your hair as it dries. Really roll the ends under to create that nice, flipped under style.
  2. Once dry, go over any areas with a flat iron if needed.

Recommended Products:
Pureology has a great Super Smooth Cream that helps fight frizz and adds moisture to your hair while you blow it dry. The entire Pureology line is fantastic for color treated hair, so consider investing in good products when you get your hair colored.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
All face shapes can wear this haircut, but girls with pale skin tones should stay away from this warmer haircolor. Wavy to straight hair can be styled into this look with ease.
Tip:
If you have a long oval shaped face, opt for some side bangs with a little more thickness to help balance it out.

#28 Prima Donna

Written by Irene BredThauer

Soft sweet curls are a no-brainer. Toss in a deep side part and it’s an updated classic.
A long hairstyle with soft curls
How To Style:

  1. Dry hair with a round or paddle brush for smooth volume.
  2. Use a smaller barrel (¾” should work) to create curls throughout your mid-end lengths. Finish style with a quick spritz of medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Hairspray is a great option to pump up your curls and still keep them natural looking curls.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
This style can work with oval, some round, square, long and some heart face shapes. Medium to thick density hair is best, but those with fine hair can work it too.
Tip:
To make this look extra trendy, add a French braid to your side part along the hairline.

#29 Curly Bob

Written by Irene BredThauer

This super girly hairstyle still has a sassy feel because of the cute shorter length. Tons of volume make this curly bob a fabulous stand out hairstyle.

Curly Bob Cute Short StyleStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH
Curly Bob Cute Short Style - Side ViewStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

  1. Grab your 1” curling iron and use it on your strands all over your head.
  2. Flip your head upside down and spray with a strong hairspray.
  3. Flip your head right side up again and smooth out your curls gently.

Recommended Products:
A great strong hold hairspray that even the celebrities use is L’Oreal’s Elnett Strong Hold Hairspray.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Round faces look great with bangs off of their face and lots of volume. If you have super thick hair with straight to wavy texture, you will want to try out this style.
Tip:
When you go back to school, don’t forget to work your accessories! A headband or a scarf would look fabulous with this hairstyle.

#30 Teacher’s Pet

Written by Irene BredThauer

The hair with the healthiest look wins every time. If you’ve got a fantastic color naturally, lucky you! If not, try out this cinnamon brown. Too perfect for fall!
A long haircut with long bangs
How To Style:

  1. After blow drying hair, use your flat iron to smooth it all out. Keep bangs swept off to the side to keep your face looking open instead of hidden.
  2. Use a light hold hairspray or light pomade to make those fly-aways behave.

Recommended Products:
Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum smooths and conditions hair while sealing the strands, and it smells amazing!
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, square, round, heart and some long shaped faces can easily wear this style. Hair that is fine to thick density but naturally smooth will work best. As soon as the curls cool, I run my fingers through then add some pomade and airspray for the finished look.
Tip:
Get your hair trimmed every six weeks or so to keep your style looking fresh. Trashed ends are a complete fail.

#31 Braided Bangs

Written by Irene BredThauer

This cute and easy trick can be done on any hair type or length. It’s great to get bangs up and out of your face, too. Whether you wear your hair straight or curly, this is the perfect style to keep your hair out of your face for study hall while still looking absolutely adorable!

Long Blonde Style with Front BraidStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH
Long Blonde Style with Front Braid - View 2Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Style your hair as usual – curly if you want it curled or straight if you want it straight.
  2. Section out a front headband shaped piece of hair, start French braiding at one end and then finish off at the opposite ear.
  3. Secure with bobby pins.

Recommended Products:
You don’t absolutely need to, but sometimes it’s nice to spritz your braid with a little hold to keep any flyaways from forming. Try Super Clean Light Hold Finishing Spray by Paul Mitchell for a hairspray that won’t weigh you down.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
All face shapes, hair thicknesses and textures can wear this adorable braid – that’s what makes it so fabulous!
Tip:
After braiding and securing, pull the rest of your hair up into a ponytail for a totally different look. Having your hair all up is great for school sports and the braid keeps you looking fashion forward.

#32 Not Your Average Valedictorian

Written by Irene BredThauer

Long, shiny, healthy black hair looks amazing when styled with curls. Personalize your style with a shorter side swept bang or even rounded to frame out your eyes.
A long and curled hairstyle
How To Style:

  1. After hair has dried, use a small to medium barrel curling iron to create curls in the mid-shaft through the ends of your hair.
  2. Pin bangs back and off to one side or tuck them behind your ear.
  3. Curls are locked in when you mist with a little hairspray.

Recommended Products:
Davines Defining Invisible Hairspray will give you a little extra volume along with texture. It helps hold but is still touchable. Perfect!
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, subtle round or square, heart and some long shaped faces can wear this look. Hair that is medium to thick density with at least some natural texture will work best.
Tip:
To get your shine back, use a clarifying shampoo to strip out product build-up, hard water mineral deposits and any other junk that’s weighing it down and making it look lifeless. A clarifying wash once a week should be all you need to keep your hair looking shiny and fabulous.

#33 Chocolate Curls

Written by Irene BredThauer

You’re sure to turn heads in the hallway with this gorgeously colored and styled look. A deep side part cascades down into beautiful curls a few inches past the shoulders. Subtle to no layering at all keeps the lengths thick and full.

Long Wavy Brunette StyleStyle by Sara Williams, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair deep to one side and then plug in your curling iron. I would recommend a 1 and ¼ inch sized barrel for this particular style.
  2. Section your hair up if you need to, then start grabbing and curling pieces of hair.
  3. Spray with a light hold hairspray when you are finished.

Recommended Products:
Try Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray from the Wella Professionals line to protect your hair from heat damage.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
All face shapes will be flattered with this beautiful hairstyle.
Tip:
These curls would look amazing in pigtails or a ponytail, too.

#34 Voted Most Likely…

Written by Irene BredThauer

If you’ve got amazingly thick, long, luxurious hair, show it off! Curly or straight, take good care of it and you’ll definitely stand out in any crowd.
Long and curly haircut
How To Style:

  1. Once hair is dry, use a 1” barrel curling iron to create ringlets all around your head.
  2. After the curls have cooled, use your fingers to separate and blend them together.
  3. Use a fine mist of extra strength hairspray to really hold those curls.

Recommended Products:
Try out Round Trip Liquid Curl Definer from Paul Mitchell. It’s technically for natural curls or waves, but the benefit of reduced drying time along with the conditioning and protection makes this curl product perfect for this style!
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, round, square, long or heart shaped faces can wear this style. Hair that is medium to thick density works best with a little natural texture.
Tip:
For hair that’s just too stubborn to dry in a reasonable amount of time, use a hair shammy to whisk away excess moisture and cut down on drying time.

#35 Soft Curls

Written by Irene BredThauer

This sweet style would look great in class or as well as for a night out with friends. Adding soft whimsical curls helps change up your normal straight hairstyle and makes you look more girly. Keeping the curls more towards the ends of your strands keeps the style more subtle and sophisticated instead of wild curls from roots to ends.

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Soft Auburn Curls - Back ViewStyle by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean dry hair and part your hair deep to one side with your fingers or a comb.
  2. Section up the top half of your hair so you can manage it easier.
  3. Turn on your curling iron that has a 1” sized barrel or slightly larger and start curling the dropped down section.
  4. After you finish curling your bottom section, drop down the top and continue to curl. Remember to curl the last couple inches of hair only so you keep that smooth texture on top.
  5. Flip the bottom ends of the bangs back and away from the face with your iron to create a cute, swept back look.

Recommended Products:
You don’t want to make the curls look sticky or stiff, so opt for a light spray to protect your curls instead of a hairspray. I love Flash Brilliance by Prive to add shine and softness.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Square face shapes always look great when you soften up those angles with some sweet waves and curls. All other face shapes can wear this style, too. If your hair is thin to medium thickness with straight to wavy texture, you can definitely achieve this hairstyle.
Tip:
Instead of using a curling iron, sleep with small buns in your hair to set. Wake up and enjoy some soft curls that will last all day!

#36 Edgy Shag

Written by Irene BredThauer

This medium length hairstyle falls right at the shoulders and has tons of pizzazz! The ends are cut with a razor to give the whole hairstyle a shaggy and edgy feel. Bangs and layers have tons of texture that help frame the face.

edgy-shag-medium-styleStyle by Lachane, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair out with a paddle brush to get strands as smooth and straight as possible.
  2. Go in with a flat iron to really polish off the look.
  3. Bevel the iron towards the face for a rounded finish.

Recommended Products:
Redken Glass is a heat protecting serum that’s great to use on medium to thick hair types. Rub some in the palms of your hands and then run through hair before and after styling with heat.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
All face shapes would look great with this face framing hairstyle. Medium to thicker amounts of hair that can be flat ironed with ease are ideal for this look.
Tip:
Use a dry shampoo on day two of your look. It will help you keep your style longer.

#37 Sweet Innocence

Written by Irene BredThauer

This soft blonde hairstyle is cut just past the shoulders with some light layering at the bottom of the haircut. Hair is parted to the side with a few curls thrown in for interest and texture.

sweet-innocenceStyle by Flonnie Westbrook
sweet-innocence-back-viewStyle by Flonnie Westbrook

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and part strands to the side.
  2. Use a 1” curling iron to pop in some ringlets randomly. Simply grab some pieces and curl.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth out the bangs and polish off the overall look.

Recommended Products:
Global Keratin Light Hold Hairspray. This light hold hairspray adds manageable hold and instant shine, while taming frizz and flyaways and creating a flexible hold for curls, waves and straight hair.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Square or round shaped faces would look great with this look. Straight to wavy hair that is thin or thick can pull off this hairstyle.
Tip:
Run your fingers through your hair after curling for a more soft and wavy texture.

#38 Midnight Elegance

Written by Irene BredThauer

This hairstyle falls past the shoulders and looks great with soft curls. A side part and jet black hair take this look to the next level.

midnight-eleganceStyle by Leah Veneri, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

  1. Part clean, dry hair to the side and detangle with a brush or comb.
  2. Use a one and a half inch sized curling iron to add waves to the ends of the hair strands.
  3. Flat iron the bangs to the side so they’re nice and sleek.

Recommended Products:
Garnier Fructis Anti-Frizz Serum soaks deep into frizzy, dry hair to smooth each strand. Try the whole Sleek and Shine line from Garnier to really get healthy and shiny hair with a mirror-like finish.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Square shaped faces are always complemented with softer textures. Thicker hair that is naturally straight or wavy is great.
Tip:
Don’t overdo coloring your hair black. If you color over it again and again your hair will start to look opaque and lose its natural translucent quality. Touch up your roots only when needed and don’t pull the color all the way through to the tips.

#39 Blonde Beauty

Written by Irene BredThauer

This sandy blonde color is fabulous and so is this super cute hairstyle. Hair is cut right at the shoulders with zero layers for the exception of the ones cut around the face. The layers fall right at the chin and bevel down gradually. Full blunt bangs help add drama to this super chic look.

blonde-beauty-medium-straight-styleStyle by Emily Volk, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry your hair with a paddle brush to get strands as smooth and sleek as possible.
  2. Blow dry your bangs forward with a round brush.
  3. If needed, go in with a flat iron to really smooth out and polish off your hair.

Recommended Products:
Use a heat protecting agent on your hair strands before blow drying or using hot irons. Try Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. Helps smooth hair fast with reduced dry time, too. Sweet!
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Long oval faces look great with full bangs. Thin to thick hair of fine to medium textures is ideal. The straighter your hair is naturally the better.
Tip:
If you have thin or fine hair minimal layering is best. The less layers you have cut into your hair, the fuller it will look and feel.

#40 Curl Crazed

Written by Irene BredThauer

These natural curls look awesome! The texture really pops next to the ironed out bangs. A deep side part and healthy strands make this hairstyle stand out from the back to school crowd.

curl-crazed-full-auburn-medium-styleStyle by Rachel Ricciardi, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

    1. Apply your favorite curl enhancing products to damp hair.
    2. Use a wide toothed comb to detangle.
    3. Scrunch up hair with your hands to enhance the curl pattern.
    4. Attach a diffusing nozzle to your blow dryer and dry your hair.
    5. When hair is completely dry go in with a flat iron to smooth out the bangs.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Recommended Products:
Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream is amazing for curly haired girls! Mix it with their Oil Treatment to ensure healthy strands that will be frizz free.
Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Round and heart shaped faces are flattered nicely by this hairstyle. Natural curls should definitely embrace this style.
Tip:
Once your curls are styled and dry avoid touching them throughout the day. Touching them can cause frizz and tangles.
Rocking your hair doesn’t have to take hours in the morning before school. Choosing one of these young and fresh hairstyles is the key to looking your best when you head back to school this year. With the right haircut or simply the right quick styling, you’re sure to have a great year!